Lightweight Snowshoes: Two Models from MSR and Northern Lights are Cream of the Crop
Overview Snowshoes are essential for traveling in the mountains in most of the winter and spring months. In some places of the western U.S. (e.g., the Cascade volcanoes and Northern...
GoLite, Integral Designs, and Wild Things High Loft Synthetic Insulating Jackets (Comparison Review)
Overview High-loft insulating garments have a higher warmth-to-weight ratio than any other type of clothing. So, they are perfect complements to a lightweight backpacking clothing system when temperatures plummet. This...
Western Mountaineering, Feathered Friends, Nunatak, and PhD Lightweight Down Jackets (Comparison Review)
Introduction A lightweight down jacket is a wonderful thing. A down jacket can have up to three to five times more loft than its synthetic counterpart (e.g. a Patagonia Puffball,...
Book Review: The Ultralight Backpacker

Book Review: The Ultralight Backpacker

Hike ‘N Light Alcohol Stove

Hike 'N Light Alcohol Stove

RBH Designs Vapor Barrier Hand & Footwear

RBH Designs Vapor Barrier Hand & Footwear

Elite Top Bag by Rab Carrington

Elite Top Bag by Rab Carrington

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