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Backpacking Gear List Managers for iPhone and Android

Can a smartphone help you pack for backpacking or day hiking? Definitely. It is so much more convenient to be able to record gear weights and plan new gear lists on your phone without being tied to a spreadsheet and a laptop or desktop computer. Here are the best backpacking gear list management apps I’ve found […]

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear Limited Edition Cuben Fiber Wallet

ENTER to WIN a FREE Cuben Fiber Hiker’s Wallet

Sick of carrying a heavy wallet on your hikes? Upgrade with this limited edition ultralight cuben fiber hikers wallet from Hyperlite Mountain Gear. Featuring six card compartments, two hidden pockets and an ample billfold compartment, you’ll be the envy of the office and hiker hostels on the trail. (Weight 0.8 oz/22 g) Many thanks to our […]

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How to Size a Backpack: Daypack and Backpack Volume Guide

How much volume should you get in a daypack, weekend backpack, multi-day backpack, or expedition backpack? Here are some volume guidelines and advice so you can start shopping for backpacks in the appropriate size range. Recommended Backpack Volumes Daypacks Most daypacks range from 20 liters to 35 liters on the high end. While a smaller sized […]

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Backpacking with the Klymit Motion 60 Backpack

Klymit Motion 60 Backpack Review

The Klymit Motion 60 is a multi-day backpack that uses a removable inflatable pad to augment its frame providing increased comfort and support. A 60 liter alpine-style pack with a top lid and four tiers of side compression, the Motion 60 can haul a serious amount of gear, but also compresses down to a lower […]

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