Western Mountaineering Expedition Down Bootie Review

Well designed, lightweight, warm down bootie with an integrated tall gaiter and performance equivalent to a multi-layer system.

Ultralight Down Pants: Light, Warm, and Versatile

Ultralight down insulated pants from MontBell, PHD, and Western Mountaineering are reviewed and compared. Down pants provide the most warmth for their weight, and are especially versatile for colder weather camping. Wear them to stay warm in camp and to extend the warmth of an ultralight sleeping bag.

Soto OD-1R Canister Stove Product Review

This Japanese stove is small, light, and well-made, with a unique miniature pressure regulator instead of a needle valve.

JakPak All-In-One Garment Review

Is this the "Three Musketeers" of backpacking gear (all for one, one for all!), or does it leave Chris feeling cold?

Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide – Deadly or not?
Supplement 6: Primus Eta PackLite System

We cover yet another Primus heat-exchanger stove system in this Review: the Primus Eta PackLite. This is basically modelled on the Eta Power system, but smaller and lighter.

Eddie Bauer First Ascent Downlight Sweater Review

This jacket really rocks - an excellent balance of light weight, basic features, warmth, wind and water resistance, and cost.

Adventures in Laminating Silicone-Impregnated Fabrics

Silnylon and spinnaker fabric have long been mainstays in making ultralight gear, but they require careful construction to avoid failures at seams or damage from abrasion. Laminating the fabric offers a solution to those problems.

Sierra Designs Nitro 30 Sleeping Bag Review

Remarkably lofty and warm for a 30 F (-1 C) rated bag – this is the first sleeping bag I have tested that’s warmer than its claimed temperature rating!

REI Quarter Dome T2 Tent Review

There's a lot of bang for the buck in this roomy, lightweight, double-wall tent!

PHD Minim 400 Sleeping Bag Review

This zipperless down mummy-style 23 F rated sleeping bag is elegant for its simplicity, light weight, and high loft-to-weight ratio.

Petzl Tikka XP2 and Tikka Plus2 LED Headlamp Reviews

Petzl has been busy upgrading and gives us two new versions of an old stand-by.

PHD Mountain Software Ultra Down Pullover Review

The ultimate down jacket for ultralight backpacking and lightweight cold weather pursuits.

MontBell Ex Light Women’s Down Jacket Review

The lightest down jacket to be found, but the women’s version doesn’t have as much loft and warmth as the men’s version.

Mountain Hardwear Nitrous Jacket Review

An ultralight down jacket that performs well in active pursuits, but it’s not the best choice for ultralight backpacking.

Marmot Hydrogen Sleeping Bag Review

The Hydrogen is a well designed, high loft, roomy, warm, mummy-style down 30F-rated sleeping bag, but its shell fabric is heavy and wets out too easily.

2009 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2009.

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Tent Review

Big Agnes raises the bar for two-person double-wall tents by creating their lightest offering ever. In fact, it is the lightest tent in this category from any manufacturer. Will it Fly high, or leave us up a Creek?

MontBell UL Spiral Down Hugger Sleeping Bag Review

A lot to like and a great value for a 30 F rated down mummy bag weighing only 19 ounces.

Pak-Rifle Review

My expectation for a small game rifle is to be able to shoot a very small and compact group on a target at 25 yards or less, and the Pak-Rifle makes my heart beat faster.

Olympus E-P1 Camera Review

Sure, it's lighter than its DSLR brethren, but it's also heavier and bulkier than its compact cousins. Does it offer improvements to justify carrying the additional weight and bulk?

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