We throw some quantitative testing at an oft-repeated synthetic insulation claim to measure the thermal performance of wet insulation.
Stephen Seeber subjects ten fleece samples to rigorous thermal testing.
Stephen Seeber presents measurements of several market-leading insulations along with four performance metrics to help judge their performance.
Backpacking Light publisher Ryan Jordan subjects the Jetboil Stash to the StoveBench testing protocol to answer the pressing question: is this innovation, or lipstick on a pig?
Rex Sanders illustrates how difficult it can be to make accurate product comparisons based on manufacturer-provided data.
Stephen Seeber tests the infrared reflective properties of space blankets.
Roger Caffin troubleshoots the heat shunt on V4 of his inverted canister stove design.
In his new column for Backpacking Light, Stephen Seeber runs thermal testing on used and new Patagonia Micro Puff jackets.
BPL author Rex Sanders tackles the pros and cons of navigating by GPS in a short blog post that includes links for further info.
In this installment of Standards Watch, Rex Sanders tackles sleeping bag ratings: the standard, the pros, and the cons.