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Gossamer Gear G5 Hyperlight Backpack REVIEW

It’s made of spinnaker fabric and must be "handled with care," but the volume to weight ratio will knock your socks off!

GoLite Cumulus Jacket REVIEW

A comfortable and lofty 14-ounce jacket with some nice features, but missing ultralight appeal.

Gossamer Gear Spinnshelter REVIEW

Full three-season (non-bomber) weather protection for one person for only 11.2 ounces including guylines and stakes.

Gossamer Gear Whisper Uberlight Backpack REVIEW

Minimal features and prone-to-abrasion-damage spinnaker fabric make this the lightest 2000-cubic inch backpack on the market.

GoLite Feather-Lite Sleeping Bag REVIEW

We found a “sleeper” - the Feather-Lite has 1.5 inches more loft than specified.

2005 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

Staff Favorites - Our gear picks from the 2005 hiking and backpacking season.

2005 Backpacking Light Trip Planning Spreadsheet Contest Entries

Reader submissions of spreadsheet files used for trip planning and gear lists.

MontBell Down Inner Jacket REVIEW

The MontBell Down Inner Jacket is only $139, but lacks the loft of the leading jackets.

MontBell U.L. Down Inner Jacket REVIEW

The lightest down jacket on the market.

2006 Osprey Aether 60 Backpack REVIEW

What a conundrum! The upgraded pack has some great improvements, and is now an outstanding value, but (darn it) it's also heavier.

Macpac Epic 150 SF Sleeping Bag REVIEW

A waterproof sleeping bag may sound like overkill, until you think about the possibilities – like sleeping under the stars without getting damp or wet insulation, and leaving the bivy sack at home.

Western Mountaineering Flight Down Jacket REVIEW

Lofty, light, warm, and durable for its weight - although it does lose a few feathers at the seams.

Atlas 10 Series All Mountain Snowshoe REVIEW

Not the lightest snowshoes we tested, but wonderful performers.

Gossamer Gear NightLight Sleeping Pad (Torso Length) REVIEW

Durable, resistant to compression, and very comfortable for the weight, but a couple of extra inches would be nice.

Northern Lites Elite Snowshoe REVIEW

The lightest snowshoes on the market, but with less traction than heavier shoes.

Crescent Moon Gold Series 9 Snowshoe REVIEW

Nice innovations including a shape that allows a more natural walking gait, but heavy.

Tubbs Elevation Snowshoe REVIEW

Clever, simple, user-friendly, and durable; but heavy.

Tarptent Virga 2 REVIEW

This upgrade to the classic Virga is a quarter pound heavier and includes some nice improvements, and some changes that need more tweaking.

Jacks ‘R’ Better No Sniveller Universal Quilt REVIEW

Puffy down quilt/underquilt/poncho - so nice! Just trim the footbox please.

Dion Model 168 Rec/Fitness Snowshoe REVIEW

Modular design allows you to customize these snowshoes to the person and snow conditions, or upgrade instead of buying new snowshoes.

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