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Mystery Ranch Wet Ribs

Mystery Ranch Wet Ribs: The Hiker’s Office

Mystery Ranch’s Wet Ribs are a backpack accessory pocket that connects to your packs shoulder straps and hangs on the front of your chest or ribs while hiking. It has a large zippered pocket perfect for storing snacks, a map, a camera, hat, glove liners, and other small incidentals that you want easy access to, as […]

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Osprey Packs Volt 75 Sleeping Bag Compartment

Osprey Packs Volt 75 Backpack Review

The Osprey Packs Volt 75 Backpack is a large multi-day backpack that features a highly adjustable torso and hip belt system. Also available in a smaller 60 liter version, the Volt 75 provides the standard features found on most Osprey Packs including a stretchy kangaroo pocket and top lid. Weighing under four pounds, the Volt […]

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Boreas Gear Buttermilk 55 Backpack

Boreas Gear Buttermilks 55 Backpack

Overview The Boreas Gear Buttermilks 55 is a lightweight backpack suitable for weekend or multi-day backpacking trips. Although it’s a bit on the heavy side at 3 pounds 1 ounces, the Buttermilks combines the simplicity of a minimalist ultralight-style backpack with the load carrying capabilities of a more conventional frame system. The Buttermilks will appeal […]

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Granite Gear Leopard AC 58 at at the summit of Middle Tripyramid Mountain (4140')

Granite Gear Leopard AC 58 Backpack Review

This is an in-depth review of Granite Gear’s Leopard AC 58 backpack for winter use. Here’s a quick summary of my conclusions. Read on if you want the details. Summary The Leopard AC 58 is billed by Granite Gear as an alpine-ready backpack, suitable for winter use. While the Leopard can carry 30-40 pound loads […]

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Montane Grand Tour 55 Backpack

Montane Grand Tour 55 L Backpack Review

The Montane Grand Tour 55L is a mid-size, body hugging backpack that is easy to carry and great for technical hiking and backpacking. Made by the British gear manufacturer Montane, the Grand Tour is the big brother of an acclaimed line of smaller climbing and cragging packs introduced by Montane last year, including the Torque 40L […]

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Deuter Speedlite 30 Backpack Action Shot

Deuter Speedlite 30 Backpack

I’ve been using a Deuter Speedlite 30 backpack for most of my dayhikes and bushwhacks since last June. I like it so much that I find myself using it regularly on my weekday training hikes near home and up in the mountains when I don’t need to carry an overnight pack. What makes it so […]

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