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The Thunder 70 is a classic alpine pack with a floating top lid and main compartment, that tapers towards the base for better load control.

Exped Thunder 70 Backpack Review

The Exped Thunder 70 (MSRP $289) is a new lightweight backpack with an adjustable frame and panel loading access that Exped plans to introduce later this year. Weighing 3 pounds 6 ounces (tested), it has a very comfortable hip belt which ensures excellent load transfer to the hips and a single external aluminum stay which […]

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Paradox Packs Unaweep 4800 on Mt Washington in Winter

Paradox Packs Unaweep 4800 Backpack for Winter Use

I bought a Unaweep 4800 backpack a few months ago from Paradox Packs after using testing a loaner Unaweep 3900 over the summer (see my Unaweep 3900 review). The Unaweep packs are external frame backpacks with a roll-top pack bag. Both the 3900 and the 4800 packs are made with an extremely tough, waterproof fabric called […]

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Gossamer Gear Mariposa Ultralight Backpack

Which Gossamer Gear Ultralight Backpack Is Right For You?

If you’ve never purchased an ultralight backpack before, it can be challenging to figure out which Gossamer Gear backpack is right for you. Here are some tips to help you with the selection process so you choose the right Gossamer Gear backpack for your needs.  Gossamer Gear Mariposa (70L) – unisex The Mariposa Ultralight Backpack […]

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The Gossamer Gear sit light pads provides a clean place to sit when cooking dinner.

The Gossamer Gear SitLight Sit Pad

All of Gossamer Gear’s overnight backpacks, the Mariposa (70L), the Gorilla (46L), the G4 (66L), and the Murmur (36L) include a SitLight Sit Pad that can be used as a seat during rest breaks or in camp. The foam pad slides into two elastic pad sleeves on the pack of the back to provide cushioning and enhance ventilation. It […]

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Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket, RailRiders EcoMesh Pants, La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Shoes

SectionHiker’s Top Hiking and Backpacking Gear Picks

A number of you asked me to publish my top hiking and backpacking gear picks, so I’ve pulled together a list of my favorite gear. I’ve been using most of it for years and it’s the kind of stuff I’ll replace when it wears out. While a lot of the gear listed below is ultralight or […]

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Off-Trail with the Paradox Packs Unaweep Backpack

Paradox Packs Unaweep 3900 Backpack Review

One of the areas of the ultralight backpacking market that has long been underserved are lightweight (3-4 pound) durable backpacks for heavy loads exceeding 40 pounds and ranging up to 60, 70, or 80 pounds or more. Built using modern lightweight yet durable fabrics, with more streamlined UL-style designs, such packs would be ideal for backpackers, climbers, […]

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