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The Campsaver Ultralight 30 Down Sleeping Bag is filled with 10.8 ounces of 850 fill power goose down.

Raffle: Enter to Win a FREE 30 Degree Ultralight Down Sleeping Bag

The Campsaver Ultralight 30 Down Sleeping Bag, filled with 850 fill power goose down (MSRP $300). is an excellent value when compared to other much more expensive, summer-weight down sleeping bags. Weighing just 25.2 ounces, the Ultralight 30 Down Sleeping Bag includes high-end features such as a down filled draft collar, zipper guard, and draft tube, that […]

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Hiking on the AT with my trusty Fox 40 Whistle

Reader Poll: Do you Carry an Emergency Whistle When Hiking?

I always carry an emergency whistle (a Fox 40 Classic) when I go hiking, one that I tie onto my backpack’s shoulder pad. It’s much much louder than the pathetic whistles that many backpack manufacturers include on sternum straps. Whistles are much louder than the human voice and their sound carries much further than shouting […]

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The Big Agnes Pitchpine 45 SL is a hoodless warm weather sleeping bag.

Raffle: Enter to Win a FREE Big Agnes Pitchpine 45 SL Sleeping Bag

The Big Agnes Pitchpine 45 SL (MSRP $349.95) is a lightweight hoodless sleeping bag that only weighs 20 ounces. Perfect for summer or lightweight backpacking, the Pitchpine is insulated with highly compressible 850 fill power Downtek treated down which is more resistant to moisture and faster drying than untreated down feathers. If you are looking for a highly compressible […]

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Exped Torrent Backpack in Use - Photo Courtesy of Exped

Reader Poll: How Important is a Waterproof Backpack to You?

Most overnight and multi-day backpacks are not completely waterproof (even cuben fiber backpacks), and the widespread use of polyester and nylon instead of pack cloth in modern backpacks means that you don’t have to worry about the material of the pack becoming water logged and heavier because it has gotten soaked by rain. Still it’s best to line your […]

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MSR WindBoiler Stove System

Reader Poll: Bucket List Hikes?

I want to compile a bucket list of hikes and backpacking trips, so I figured I’d ask you for input. Please leave a comment below that describes: a bucket list hiking or backpacking trip you’ve taken with a guide, the place you went, and the value the guide provided. (Guides can be professional guides or major excursion leaders […]

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