The introduction of Dyneema (a.k.a., Cuben Fiber) fabrics is one of the most exciting developments to hit the ultralight gear niche over the past several years. With the introduction of several new cottage manufacturers, the acquisition of Cubic Tech, and innovation in ultralight gear made with Cuben Fiber / Dyneema, there are exciting times ahead.
In-depth analysis of outdoor industry trends.
Nice gear is an added bonus, but don’t get distracted by the research or gear hunting – the main goal is to get outside often!
“The lesson that we learn from fishing with a tenkara rod is that we shouldn’t fear that a simpler life will be an impoverished life. Rather, simplicity leads to a richer and more satisfying way of fishing – and more importantly, living.” – Yvon Choiunard
Winter Cabineering not only makes your sleep more enjoyable, but you can save pack weight as well. It’s a creative and unique way to winter camp.
Winter Cabineering is a great way to spend time outdoors and still be warm. Don’t worry, the cabins should be plenty rustic so you can still get away from it all.
Curious on whether or not tags add significant weight to your gear? Well they don’t! And there are far better ways to cut down on your gear weight!
Looking to jumpstart your backpacking experience? Try motorcycling to your next trip – it will get you into the lightweight mindset from the moment you step outside your door.
Recent developments in canister stoves have the potential to upset a lot of the industry, as the leadership seems to have passed out of the hands of Western brands and into Asia. Stoves that were trumpeted as the state of the art by well-known Western brands now look a little old, tired, heavy and, well, clunky. We look at a few of the leading edge stoves from 2012 to see where things are going.
“This kind of cycling actually brings you closer to the land than hiking… because you must read the landscape so closely in order to ride across it.” -Drew Walker, “The Talkeetna Traverse” Adventure Cyclist (Jan/Feb 2001)
News from the cottage industry is conspicuously absent from Outdoor Retailer, where even modest booths can be more costly than a serious gear-buying habit. So, here are a few new and noteworthy pieces of gear from smaller manufacturers that were either released late in 2011 or are coming in 2012. Keep these items on your radar as you prepare for the coming season!