MYOG Technical Note – Catenary Curves

The whys and wheres of catenary curves, with downloadable spreadsheet for calculating your own MYOG curve masterpieces.

Make Your Own Gear – A Titanium Potty Trowel

The venerable Coghlans orange potty trowel is a fine idea, but it weighs 51 grams and has been known to crack and break under heavy use. Can we do better with some titanium sheet?

The North Face Beeline Sleeping Bag Review

The specifications look great, but the devil is in the details.

The North Face Thunder Jacket Review

Not the lightest down jacket to be found, but it's an excellent balance of warmth and durability, and versatile the year around as an outer layer or midlayer.

New Balance MT875OR Joggers Review

Totally synthetic, luggy soles, and a breathable draining upper, plus a range of width fittings including really wide (4E). (Updated 9/22/09)

Alpacka Ultralight Paddle Review

A packrafting paddle is not a particularly special thing. It’s simply a kayak paddle, capable of being broken down into two or four pieces for easy stowage while inside or attached to a pack.

Heat Exchange Stove Shootout: Part 3
Heat Exchanger Stoves

When do these stoves offer a weight reduction when compared to the baseline of Part 2 of the series?

GoPro Wide Helmet Cam Review

Practical application review on using the helmet cam in the backcountry... essentially, how does it do?

Heat Exchanger Stove Shootout: Part 2
Upright and Remote Canister Stoves

Setting a baseline: we survey a good range of conventional canister stoves for performance, setting us up for the comparison in Part 3.

Western Mountaineering Hooded Flash Jacket Review

Perfect balance of warmth, light weight, and performance for less extreme conditions.

Garmin Oregon 550t Handheld Color Mapping GPS Review

Garmin trumpets the addition of a camera to this gadget, but are the improvement they DON'T mention even more impressive?

Panasonic Lumix LX3 Digital Camera

A compact digicam with a professional pedigree, the LX3 tempts outdoor photographers with a fast wide angle (f:2.0/24 mm equivalent) zoom lens, RAW file capability, high-definition video and solid performance.

Heat Exchanger Stove Shootout: Part 1
Introduction and Test Method

The performance and efficiency of canister stoves, put to the test. When the dust (and CO2) settle, which one will be left standing?

Two in One Boat: Sharing a Packraft on a River Trip

With 40 lbs from skin out for both father and son, would our contingency plan of "snuggling for warmth" come into play?

Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide – Deadly or not?
Supplement 5: Snow Peak GST-120 Lite Max

The Snow Peak GST-100 GigaPower stove is widely regarded as the 'Gold Standard' for upright canister stoves. It weighs about 74 grams. Snow Peak has released a new stove in this series: the GST-120, or Lite Max, weighing only 56 grams, reviewed here. Does the Lite Max live up to the reputation of its precursor, the GST-100 (which is still available)?

Nemo Nano Elite Tent Review

The Nemo Nano Elite is marketed by the manufacturer as a lightweight, fast set-up tent aimed at adventure racers and the fast-and-light crowd. Since I can't run with the former, I try to hang with the latter.

Make Your Own Gear – A Thumbscrew for the Steripen Adventurer

The Steripen Adventurer has many firm believers, but almost everyone agrees that the screw which holds the lid of the battery case shut is awful. So... replace it with something better, cooler, and made by hand!

New Balance MT1110GT Joggers Review

Totally synthetic, good soles, and a XCR membrane for wet weather use, plus a range of width fittings including really wide. Very good under some winter conditions, but with a curious defect which limits their use.

Tarptent Scarp 2 Tent Review

Although the Scarp 2 incorporates several weight-saving and space-making design elements to create a friendly, roomy, well ventilated, and stable tent for two campers, these benefits do not come without compromise.

Make Your Own Gear – Down Quilt or Sleeping Bag

Making a baffled down quilt is simple compared to making a baffled down sleeping bag. Both are described in this article, with the emphasis on the quilt.

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