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La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0 Trail Runner Review

I recently got back from a 250 mile section hike along the Northern Virginia part of the Appalachian Trail, where I hiked the trail using La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0 trail runners instead of the La Sportiva Ultra-Raptors that I wore most of last year. In this review, I’ll explain the pros and cons of the Wildcat […]

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Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 Tent Review

The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 is a two person backpacking tent that weighs 2 pounds 4 ounces, making it an excellent choice for backpackers who want to reduce the weight of their gear but still prefer a double-walled tent. Just a few ounces heavier than the one person Fly Creek UL 1, the […]

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Emberlit FireAnt Titanium Wood Stove

Emberlit FireAnt Ultralight Titanium Wood Stove

The Emberlit FireAnt Titanium Wood Stove is a collapsible wood stove that folds flat for easy carriage in your backpack. Weighing just 2.8 ounces, it can be used to burn small pieces of wood  so you don’t have to carry fuel when you go backpacking. It also comes with an optional shelf for holding solid […]

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The Ex Officio Halo Check Shirt with Insect Shield is perfect for hiking or fly fishing where you want protection from the sun and disease-carrying insects.

Ex Officio Halo Check Shirt with Insect Shield

The Ex Officio Halo Check Shirt with Insect Shield is perfect for hiking or fly fishing where you want protection from the sun and disease-carrying insects. Part of the Ex Officio’s BugsAway clothing collection for men and women, it’s been factory pre-treated with Permethrin, an invisible and odorless insect repellent approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for […]

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The Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack (57L) only weighs 29 ounces, yet can comfortably haul up to 30 pounds of gear, food, and water.

Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack Review (2015 Model)

Backpack maker Gossamer Gear overhauled their entire backpack product line this year (2015), including an update of the Mariposa Lightweight Backpack, long considered one of the finest high volume (57 liters) ultralight backpacks made. All of Gossamer Gear’s backpacks are very popular with long distance hikers who demand lightweight gear that’s highly functional and durable. […]

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The Yama Mountain Gear Cirriform DW-1 is pitched using your trekking poles to save weight.

Yama Mountain Gear Cirriform DW-1P Tarp Shelter Review

Yama Mountain Gear is an ultralight shelter and gear maker in Charlottesville, Virginia that makes backpacking gear using cuben fiber and silnylon. Owned by long distance hiker and unicycler, Gen Shimizu, the company has quickly established a fiercely loyal following with long distance hikers for its innovative shelter design and impeccable product quality. I purchased a […]

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