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Jetboil French Press and Companion Cup REVIEW

Two accessories to add utility to your Jetboil Personal Cooking System.

Crescent Moon Gold Series 12 Snowshoe REVIEW

A sprinter's dream with lightweight - although less durable - materials, narrow tapered tails, and an aggressive toe cleat.

Tubbs Catalyst Snowshoe REVIEW

An asymmetric frame and lightweight durable materials - like titanium crampons - give these racing shoes a lot of attitude, but they're not cut out for general backcountry use.

MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe REVIEW

Innovative, with traction - and weight - to spare.

Make Your Own Gear: The Z-Stand Pot Stand Revisited, Revised, and Relightened!

Using Backpacking Light's Titanium Alloy UltraRods to Build a Sturdy 0.15 oz (4.2 g) Z-Stand Pot Support for Alcohol and Solid Fuel Stoves

Fanatic Fringe Alpine Trail Backpack REVIEW

A durable small volume pack for SuperUltraLight backpacking or day hiking that would benefit from load control features.

Comparison: Brunton Liberty Mantleless and Vaude/Markill Peak Illuminator Canister Lanterns – Is Mantleless Better?

A mantleless canister lantern is breakthrough technology, but how does it compare with a conventional mantle-type lantern?

Performance Comparison Testing of Lightweight Canister Stoves Fall 2005: Controlled Data Evaluating Key Variables of Temperature, Wind, and Windscreen Use for Four More Canister Stoves

Backpacking Light stove testing follows strict scientific protocols to ensure testing conditions are controlled and repeatable, and that our results accurately reflect stove performance you can expect in the field.

Kovea X2 Canister Stove REVIEW

A good value for a sturdy, but heavy canister stove at approximately $27 US (where it’s available).

Brunton Raptor Canister Stove REVIEW

Wide pot supports and rugged - but heavy - stainless steel construction, for only 40 bucks.

Kovea Camp 3 Canister Stove REVIEW

Titanium stove - identical twin to the Markill Peak Ignition, and sister to the Vargo Jet-Ti - that has some problems in wind.

Markill Peak Ignition Canister Stove REVIEW

Compact and lightweight but sensitive to wind. Identical twin to the Kovea Camp 3, and sister to the Vargo Jet-Ti sold in the US.

Rab Quantum Top Bag Sleeping Bag REVIEW

The original top bag is state-of-the art in some ways, and an antique in others.

Montane 180 Rain Shell REVIEW

This waterproof/breathable polyurethane laminate pullover is light, but could lose more weight by eliminating extra features.

MontBell Peak Jacket Rain Shell REVIEW

A full featured rain shell with pit zips that weighs only 11.2 ounces (size L), but how does the fabric - MontBell Breeze Dry-Tec three-layer waterproof/breathable - perform?

Montane Air Jacket Rain Shell REVIEW

Full-featured multi-purpose eVENT rain jacket that weighs less than 13 ounces, but what's the deal with the wire brim on the hood?

Mo-go-gear Fire-fly Alcohol Stove REVIEW

Lightweight alcohol stove cooking system with great fuel economy that needs a pot stand redesign.

Oware Gore-Tex Rain Chaps REVIEW

Bushwalkers take note: these chaps are tough, breathable, and weigh less than six ounces.

Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero Rain Hat REVIEW

A functional and lightweight waterproof-breathable rain hat that becomes a performance liability in warm conditions.

GoLite Ultra-Lite Poncho/Tarp REVIEW

Just because Skurka and Coup chose this raingear/shelter for their record-setting thru-hikes, that doesn't mean it will work for you. Here's the scoop on a tough poncho that makes a great shelter but suffers a little in raingear mode.

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