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The Big Agnes Coppur Spur UL1 has plenty to internal space with vertical side walls that improve livability

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL-1 mtnGLO Backpacking Tent Review

The Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 mtnGLO may be the nicest one person double-walled tent I’ve ever slept in. It doesn’t feel cramped, which is unusual for a one person tent, and it has a lot of extra space along the sides, head, and foot ends so you can spread out your stuff. The tent is outfitted […]

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The top of quilt has a draft string that you pull to cinch the neck opening closed and keep warm air from escaping, in addition to a small snap behind the neck.

Massdrop 20 Degree Ultralight Down Quilt Review

Massdrop is going to be offering a “drop” on a 20 degree down quilt this week (4/29) for $200. The company has a history of developing custom products for their member communities, and this will be their first foray into ultralight gear. They work with small manufacturers to design and make these products, but private label […]

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The Hyperlight Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest Pack is a rugged multi-day cuben fiber backpack

Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest Backpack Review

The Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 (55L) Southwest Backpack is a durable cuben fiber backpack that’s good for multi-day backpacking trips in rugged terrain. The 3400 Southwest is basically the same pack as the smaller volume Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 (40L) Southwest Backpack (SectionHiker Gear of the Year in 2015) but with a longer extension collar, so […]

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Simple Flies: 52 Easy-to-Tie Patterns that Catch Fish

Book Review: Simple Flies

While fly fishing can be as simple as tying a general-purpose fly to your line and trying to hook a fish,  a lot of people geek out and tie different flies for different seasons and stages in the life-cycle of the insects that fish eat. ‘Matching the hatch’, as it’s called by fishermen, is a […]

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The Hammock Gear Cuben Fiber Sleeve makes it easy to set up and pack up your hammock tarp while preventing tangles guy lines.

Beyond Snakeskins: The Hammock Gear Cuben Fiber Tarp Sleeve

While the one piece, o.9 ounce Hammock Gear Cuben Fiber Sleeve isn’t that revolutionary, I think it’s a clever improvement over two piece hammock snakeskins. It also compliments large cuben fiber tarps which are hard to stuff into a stuff sack and are better folded or rolled. Snakeskins If you’re not familiar with snakeskins,(first popularized by […]

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