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Product reviews on backpacking gear.

Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket, RailRiders EcoMesh Pants, La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Shoes

SectionHiker’s Top Hiking and Backpacking Gear Picks

A number of you asked me to publish my top hiking and backpacking gear picks, so I’ve pulled together a list of my favorite gear. I’ve been using most of it for years and it’s the kind of stuff I’ll replace when it wears out. While a lot of the gear listed below is ultralight or […]

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The NeoAir XTherm is about the same height as a Nalgene, but definitely thicker. Still that's pretty small for a winter sleeping pad.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad Review

When cold weather arrives, I start carrying a sleeping pad with a higher R-value for better insulation against the frigid ground or snow. In the past, that often meant carrying a heavy sleeping pad filled with goose down or Primaloft or two closed cell foam sleeping pads. But those days are over since the introduction of […]

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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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