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Backpack Light 50L Review

With a max volume of 50L, the Backpack Light 50L can carry big loads.

The Backpack Light 50L ($149) is a frameless ultralight style backpack weighing 34.5 oz (L) sold by My Trail Company, which has started manufacturing the same backpacks and tents that GoLite sold before it went bankrupt in 2014. The Backpack Light 50L reviewed here is virtually identical to the Golite Jam …

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Platypus Meta Bottle + Microfilter 1.0L Review

The Meta Bottle + Microfilter consists of a soft bottle, filter, and screw-on-top

The Platypus Meta Bottle + Microfilter ($49.95) is a bottle-based water filter that lets you safely filter backcountry water sources, removing bacteria and protozoa, including Giardia and Cryptosporidium. The unit includes a one liter flexible bottle, a hollow fiber water filter, and a screw-on top. But don’t make the mistake of writing …

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Gregory Packs Paragon 48 Backpack Review

The Gregory Packs Paragon 48 is an alpine style backpack with a floating top lid and rear mesh pocket.

The Gregory Packs Paragon 48 is a new lightweight, alpine-style backpack designed to fill the void between minimalist ultralight backpacks and the plush and deluxe, monster capacity backpacks that Gregory is known for like the Denali 100 or the Baltoro 85. Weighing 3 pounds (minus an optional rain cover), the Paragon …

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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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MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Canister Stove Review

MSR Pocket Rocket 2

MSR has a new and improved model of the original and iconic Pocket Rocket Canister Stove ($39.95) this year, called the Pocket Rocket 2 ($44.95), even though it doesn’t look much like its namesake. The biggest visible difference between the two stoves are the pot supports, which fold down and away more compactly along …

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