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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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The REI Dash 2 ultralight tent - a radical departure from the signature REI dome tent design.

REI Dash 2 Ultralight Tent Review

The REI Dash 2 is the lightest weight 2 person tent that REI has ever sold. Weighing just 2 pounds 7 ounces (not including stakes or stuff sacks), it is a double walled tent with a conventional hubbed poleset, two doors, and two vestibules. But the design of this tent with its aerodynamic fly, high […]

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Clever Hiker

20 Essential Backpacking and Hiking Videos (and they’re FREE)

Watch 7 Principles of Leave No Trace Backpacking by CleverHiker Dave Collins, The Clever Hiker is back with a fantastic video series sponsored by gear manufacturers Gossamer Gear, Sawyer, Zpacks.com. Dave’s given me early access to these videos and they are really worth watching. I think they’re incredibly well done and that day hikers and […]

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The Big Agnes Scout UL 2 is an ultralight cross between a classic pub tent and an A-frame tarp

Big Agnes Scout UL 2 Tent Review

The Big Agnes Scout UL 2 person tent is a single wall, ultralight-style tent with ample room for two people. Weighing 1 pound 9 ounces (without tent stakes) it includes an inner tent with high bathtub floors, mesh ventilation, and a roof fly, rivaling many of the features and function of ultralight shelters that are only […]

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The LuxuryLite Ultralite Cot in Use

Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot Review

The Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot is designed for campers, backpackers, fisherman, or kayakers who need more back support than they can get from a foam or inflatable sleeping pad, prefer to sleep up off the ground, or want a cooler sleeping system for camping in hot weather. The UltraLite version of the LuxuryLite Cot reviewed here is significantly […]

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Randolph Paths Guidebook and Waterproof Map

The Randolph Paths Guidebook and Waterproof Map

I’ve been exploring many of the trails in the White Mountains North Country this summer, including those maintained by the Randolph Mountain Club (RMC) which maintains the trail systems immediately north and south of Rt 2 in the Northern Presidentials (Mts Madison, Adams, and Jefferson), the Crescent Range, and the Randolph Community Forest. If you […]

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