Tools for Human Powered Oversnow Travel – State of the Market Report

Fat bike, skis, or snowshoes? A discussion of the most efficient tools for oversnow travel.

The Future of Baselayers

A glimpse into the future and a mini-review of the Mammut All-Year long sleeve crew.

Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Tent Review

At 5 ounces less than its predecessor, is the new Fly Creek worth the extra price?

Brooks-Range Foray 2P Tent Review

With its polka-dots and odd shape, can this unique 3-season shelter be taken seriously?

Sailors, Rappers, & Ultralight Backpackers: A Walk with the Timberland Cadion

Has Timberland found a niche the lightweight market?

Solo-Plus Tent Round-Up

A look at five lightweight shelters with extra space for your partner, gear, or four-legged companion.

Down Jacket Shoot-out: GoLite Bitterroot vs. Rab Infinity

A comparison of two full-featured down jackets with Quantum GL fabric and 850 fill power down.

MYOG: Supplex Pants

Step by step guide to simple, lightweight, inexpensive trekking pants.

Rab Kinetic Jacket Review

A fully featured hard shell at a minimal weight.

Zpacks Multi-Pack Review

A unique accessory pocket that can be used in multiple ways.

Google SketchUp Tutorial for MYOG Enthusiasts

MYOGers rejoice! SketchUp software, once mastered, can save you hours of guesswork and yards of material.

New Balance Minimus MT00 Review

An extremely minimal trail runner with options for the wide footed.

Black Diamond Axiom 40 Backpack Review

A lightweight sub-3-pound internal frame backpack that’s well designed, durable, comfortable, and features freedom of movement innovations.

New Balance MT810 Review

**(Updated 10/25: Addendum after Heavy Use)** A review of the latest in the New Balance 8xx series of light low-cut joggers and comparison to the previously-reviewed MT875 and MT876 shoes.

Insulation Measurement

A method for measuring insulation in quilts, sleeping bags, and other gear.

Timberland LiteTrace Boot Review

Review of Timberland's new waterproof lightweight hiking boot. Do they belong in the lightweight backpacker's quiver?

Rackless Carry Systems for Lightweight Bikepacking

Reviews of the Revelate Designs Viscacha and Porcelain Rocket Booster Rocket

Bask Light 69 Pack Review

This lightweight mountaineering pack from Russia provides large volume, simplicity, and durability.

OMM Kamleika Race Smock, Jacket, and Pants Review

Waterproof shells with a minimalist design and four-way stretch fabric

Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 Review

Will it light the trails on fire?

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