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Super.Natural Men's Base Layer LS Top 175

Super.Natural LS Top 175 Baselayer Jersey

I hate writing product reviews about my underwear, but I’ve had such a good experience using Super.Natural’s LS Top 175 this winter, that I wanted to tell you about this new brand. Half wool, half synthetic, the Super.Natural’s LS 175 Top has become my go-to cold weather baselayer for winter hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking and cross-country skiing. Made […]

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Wearing a Polar Buff Reversible on a really cold winter day when it was 3 degrees at the trailhead. Note frozen moisture in mustache.

Reversible Polar Buff: A Versatile Winter Layer

I’m always experimenting with my winter layering system, and one new item that I’ve started carrying on really cold winter days when I go hiking or snowshoeing is a Reversible Polar Buff. While the Reversible Polar Buff can be configured in several different ways, as Henry demonstrates above, I mainly use mine as a neck gaiter in winter, […]

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If you cover the canister with warm water and set it in the plastic drinking cup, you can still use the WindBoiler even if the temperature is below canister gas' normal operating range of approx 20 degrees

MSR WindBoiler Stove System Review

The MSR WindBoiler, is a new canister stove system built around the wind-proof and super fuel-efficient radiant burner that the company originally developed for The Reactor Stove. Unlike conventional backpacking stoves, radiant burners don’t have flame jets, which makes them impervious to windy weather so that they burn hotter and longer on the same amount of […]

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Bushcraft by Mors Kochanski

Book Review: Bushcraft by Mors Kochanski

I get tremendous personal satisfaction from learning, practicing, and using my outdoor skills when I go hiking, and it’s become an integral part of every day hike or backpacking trip I take. But there are so many outdoor skills that I am unfamiliar with covered in Mors Kochanski’s classic “Bushcraft”, that I could easily spend […]

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MSR Revo Explore Snowshoes The new hyperlink binding only has two straps which close with a snowboard-style ratchet binding-1

MSR Revo Explore Snowshoe Review

The MSR Revo Explore Snowshoe is a recreational snowshoe that features the new Hyperlink ratchet binding system (also available on the MSR Lightning Explore Snowshoe) which is much easier and faster to put on than the four plastic strap binding used on MSR’s backcountry snowshoes, like the MSR Lightning Ascent. Like many of MSR’s other snowshoes, the Revo Explore has […]

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While the hood is not adjustable, the neck area is cut narrow than many other jackets and is very effective at preventing cold air from blowing down your neck and onto your chest. The hood is also helmet compatible.

L.L. Bean Ultralight 850 Down Hooded Jacket Review

L.L. Bean’s Ultralight 850 Down Hooded Jacket ($219) is a very warm midweight hooded down jacket that strikes a good balance between a technical winter hiking jacket and one for street use. If you can only afford to buy one down jacket, I’d recommend giving it a good look. I’ve been wearing the Ultralight 850 for cold weather hiking and […]

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