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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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Gear Aid Outdoor Sewing Kit

Gear Aid Outdoor Sewing Kit Review

Gear Aid’s Outdoor Sewing Kit is a great hiking and backpacking sewing kit if you already know how to sew. While it includes an “Expert Repair Guide”, McNett’s claim that “anybody is going to be able to make a sewing repair even if you’ve never picked up a needle” is patently false. I couldn’t repair […]

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Dual side zippers let you vent the Strato Loft 25 like a blanket or sleeping qulit

NEMO Strato Loft 25 Sleeping Bag Review by Captain Mouse

The NEMO Strato Loft 25 sleeping bag is about as close to sleeping on a twin bed as you can get in a car camping sleeping bag. Weighing 3 pounds and 4 ounces, the Strato Loft is too heavy for use as a backpacking sleeping bag, but it’s ideal for three-season car camping, especially for side […]

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Kelty AirLift 6 Family Camping Tent

Kelty Airlift 6 Family Camping Tent Review

If you are looking for a spacious car camping tent that is easy to pitch, check out the Kelty Airlift 6, a spacious double-walled tent with a large front vestibule that can be pitched fully assembled, simply by pumping it up with air. Featuring a 60 square foot floorless vestibule and tall enough that you can […]

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Extra width in shoulders and around knees is great for side sleepers

NEMO Nocturne 30 Sleeping Bag Review

As a side sleeper, I’ve struggled to sleep comfortably in mummy shaped sleeping bags for years. They’re usually too tight around the shoulders and legs for me to roll onto my side. So I was intrigued when I learned about NEMO’s new spoon-shaped sleeping bags which are wide in the shoulders and knees, making it easy to […]

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