Measuring the affects of radiant heat loss to help you better prepare for the backcountry.
Testing & Research
Reports of standardized tests in (somewhat) controlled environments (bench, kitchen, garage, or field) that present real data, and the analysis of that data in a way that educates the user, dispels myths, or otherwise validates/invalidates hypotheses or claims.
How do supposedly “odor proof” plastic bags for backpacking hold up to the keen nose of a Police K9?
Different upright canister stoves seem to work with differing levels of success in very cold weather, and one wonders why. Claims for pressure regulator stoves are especially problematic, with marketing spin being extreme in some cases. We examine just what is going on here, with an in-depth analysis of some aspects of both upright and remote canister stoves, to unravel some critical factors.
During a winter storm, strong winds can render your lightweight puffy useless. This article examines the effect that compression can have on various types of insulation, and presents recommendations for staying warm and alive.
This winter, increase the versatility of your other layers by adding a midlayer. An overview of two notable options, and discussion of current fabric tech.
A glimpse into the future and a mini-review of the Mammut All-Year long sleeve crew.
A method for measuring insulation in quilts, sleeping bags, and other gear.
In this final part of the series we assemble the information gleaned from our field testing into an informative discussion with down to earth conclusions. We also present field test data for each individual jacket, comment on its utility, and identify standouts.
Manufacturers make lofty claims for the enhanced breathability of the new fabrics. I tested ten jackets under challenging and forgiving backpacking-type conditions, while recording temperature and humidity inside and outside the jackets, and reported my findings. Perhaps I didn’t experience “air and water vapor permeability so shocking you’ll swear it’s magic,” but I did identify some standouts and some promising trends of interest to backpackers.
Cutting-edge solar-powered UV water purification or simple gravity filter? I took both on the CDT to compare/contrast their performance, durability, and usage.
We cover yet another Primus heat-exchanger stove system in this Review: the Primus Eta PackLite. This is basically modelled on the Eta Power system, but smaller and lighter.
When do these stoves offer a weight reduction when compared to the baseline of Part 2 of the series?