Stephen Seeber presents measurements of several market-leading insulations along with four performance metrics to help judge their performance.
Science & Technology
Dive into the "how things work" side of lightweight backpacking gear and techniques. Our S&T articles include summaries of testing reports, research projects, and more. Discover the validity of manufacturer claims, the scientific basis of design, or how and why equipment performs differently in response to various environmental conditions.
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 this Unlimited video podcast, Rex Sanders and Ryan Jordan discuss sleeping bag temperature ratings, the ISO 23537 temperature rating standard, and how consumers can interpret the standard to make better buying decisions.
In this installment of Standards Watch, Rex Sanders tackles sleeping bag ratings: the standard, the pros, and the cons.
In this article, I present a DIY testing device (and test results for 30 fabrics) that allows me to measure the hydrostatic head of “waterproof’ fabrics at home.
This article attempts to determine how a heat exchanger welded to the bottom of a pot actually affects fuel consumption.
The goal of this test is to determine the effective age of your backpacking water filter based on comparing its current flowrate to its flowrate when new.