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Backpacking Gear List Managers for iPhone and Android

Can a smartphone help you pack for backpacking or day hiking? Definitely. It is so much more convenient to be able to record gear weights and plan new gear lists on your phone without being tied to a spreadsheet and a laptop or desktop computer. Here are the best backpacking gear list management apps I’ve found […]

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Osprey Stratos 36

How to Size a Backpack: Daypack and Backpack Volume Guide

How much volume should you get in a daypack, weekend backpack, multi-day backpack, or expedition backpack? Here are some volume guidelines and advice so you can start shopping for backpacks in the appropriate size range. Recommended Backpack Volumes Daypacks Most daypacks range from 20 liters to 35 liters on the high end. While a smaller sized […]

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Backpacking with the Klymit Motion 60 Backpack

Klymit Motion 60 Backpack Review

The Klymit Motion 60 is a multi-day backpack that uses a removable inflatable pad to augment its frame providing increased comfort and support. A 60 liter alpine-style pack with a top lid and four tiers of side compression, the Motion 60 can haul a serious amount of gear, but also compresses down to a lower […]

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The chest only insulation in the LL Primaloft Superlight Jacket is perfect for highly aerobic activities like cross country skiing and snowshoeing

LL Bean Primaloft Superlight Jacket Review

The LL Bean Primaloft Superlight Jacket is a lightweight hooded insulated jacket, perfect for winter hiking, cross-country skiing, and other highly aerobic winter sports. Insulated just over the front chest and sides, and not on the back or arms, it’s a kind of a cross between a lightweight insulated vest and a hooded wind breaker. Weighing just […]

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