White Box Stove REVIEW

While not the lightest around, this simple pressurised alcohol stove is remarkably robust.

SteriPEN Adventurer Water Purifier REVIEW

A reasonably light and very effective means of purifying water to EPA purifier standards.

Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide – Deadly or Not?
Part 2: Testing the Theory

Can you run your backpacking stove inside your tent, or do you risk death by Carbon Monoxide poisoning?

Montane Prism Jacket REVIEW

The lightest hooded synthetic fill jacket on the market.

GoLite Jam2 Backpack REVIEW

GoLite makes some significant improvements on an old favorite – without increasing the weight!

Make Your Own Gear: Five Yards to SuperUltraLight
Part 4, Pack

Complete instructions to construct a 3.1-ounce, 1700-cubic inch pack.

GoLite Quest Backpack REVIEW

Right on target for the lightweight backpacker: 70-liter, 3-pound internal frame pack with the right load-carrying capacity and feature set.

Osprey Talon 33 Backpack REVIEW

High performance sub-2-pound, 2000 ci frameless pack for active light pursuits.

Origo Rendezvous Peak Multi-Function Watch REVIEW

User friendly and useful as an outdoor navigational aid – if you master its functions and keep it calibrated.

Ultralight in the Icebox

Andrew Skurka, who pioneered the 7700-mile Sea-to-Sea Route, discusses his expectations, concerns, and gear choices for a frigid 400-mile hike through northern Minnesota with ultralight gear.

Bushwhacking Gear: Heavyweight Fabrics and Compatible Construction Techniques to Improve Clothing Longevity for Off-trail Bushwhacking

Thorns, scrub and sandstone can rip ultralight clothing to shreds. What materials and construction techniques hold up to serious bushwhacking?

La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX Mountaineering Boot REVIEW

Ultralight mountaineering boots that are great on rock and ice as well as long approaches on the trail. But are they durable and warm enough?

Wingnut Adventure 2006 Backpack REVIEW

Small volume (1600 ci, 26 L) adventure racing pack that is ideal for biking and adequate for hiking.

Western Mountaineering Summerlite Sleeping Bag REVIEW

Hooded, down mummy bag rated to freezing that weighs a mere 19 ounces.

CiloGear 60 Liter WorkSack Backpack REVIEW

Durable and adjustable, but initially confusing to set up.

Petzl e+LITE Headlamp REVIEW

One ounce of fresh innovation: rotary switch, white-and-red LED array, modular form, storage capsule, waterproof. But not perfect - our tests reveal some weaknesses.

Make Your Own Gear: Five Yards to SuperUltraLight
Part 3, Tarp

Complete instructions to construct a 6-ounce tarp with improved weather protection.

Princeton Tec Quad LED Headlamp REVIEW

Waterproof, four-LED headlamp with a wide, regulated beam.

2006 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

An eclectic assortment of favorite gear for 2006.

Make Your Own Gear: Five Yards to SuperUltraLight
Part 2, Stuff Sack

Complete instructions to construct a 0.2-ounce stuff sack sized right to compress a SUL tarp (Part 3) into a tidy 4 x 4 x 8 inch bundle.

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