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La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Trail Runners – Long Term Review

La Sportiva Ultra-Raptor Trail Running Shoes

I’ve been wearing La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Trail Runners for hiking and backpacking for the past 3 years. Made out of mesh, they drain and dry quickly, which is important in the densely forested and wet Northeast US environs where I do most of my hiking. I originally switched from leather …

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Top 10 Backpacker Recommended Trekking Poles – 2017

Top 10 Backpacker Trekking Poles

What are the best backpacking trekking poles that backpackers really use? What do you get when you buy more expensive trekking poles and how much better are they than value-oriented trekking poles? We surveyed 440 backers to find out what trekking poles they use and recommend and found that aluminum …

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Gear Closet: Backpacking Stoves, Pots, and Kitchen Accessories

Gear Closet - Stoves, Pots, Kitchen, Bear Protection

Here are the backpacking stoves, cooking pots, and “kitchen” accessories, including bear bags and bear canisters, that I use year-round on a regular basis (90-120 nights/year.) Many of these items are old friends that have withstood the test of time and I’ve been using for years and years. Why the variety? …

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Grayl Ultralight Water Purifier Bottle Review

The Grayl Water Bottle Purifier has an outer bottle used to hold pre-filtered water and an inner bottle with a cap and purifier cartridge that holds clean water, once filtered

The Grayl Ultralight Purifer Bottle is an innovative water treatment solution designed to remove viruses, bacteria, protozoa, chemicals and heavy metals from backcountry water sources. Unlike other water filters and treatment methods, the Grayl Purifier does not require batteries, ultraviolet light bulbs, hoses, straws, pumping, sucking, or waiting for a chemical …

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