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The Nemo Siren is a 30 degrees bed-style backacking quilt insulated with 850 fill power down that only weighs 19 ounces

NEMO Siren Down Ultralight Quilt Review

If you find a mummy sleeping bag to constricting to sleep with on backpacking or camping trips, a hoodless quilt can be a more comfortable and lighter weight sleep insulation option. Quilts insulate the top of your body at night, while you’re sleeping pad insulates the bottom. They’re very similar to sleeping with a blanket, making […]

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The Osprey Talon 44 Backpack has an internal frame that hugs your back and hips

Osprey Packs Talon 44 Backpack Review

The Osprey Packs Talon 44 Backpack ($149.95) is a lightweight pack with an adjustable torso length that’s good for weekend backpacking trips, technical day hikes, and peakbagging. Weighing 2 pounds 5 ounces, it can carry a remarkable amount of gear and has a body hugging fit that provides excellent load control for scrambling and fast packing. […]

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The MSR Freelite 2 Tent hangs from an external exoskeleton frame with a crossbar that helps keep the side walls nearly vertical.

MSR Freelite 2 Backpacking Tent Review

The MSR Freelite 2 Backpacking Tent is a lightweight, two-person, double walled tent that weighs 2 pounds 11 ounces (minus stuff sacks and tent stakes on the SectionHiker scale) While that is 4 ounces more than the MSR’s published specs for this tent, the FreeLite 2 is still a viable sub-three pound tent, that puts more […]

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National Geographic Appalachain Trail Map Series

National Geographic’s Appalachian Trail Map Set

National Geographic has published a new, thirteen map Appalachian Trail Illustrated map set ($149.97) of waterproof paper maps that cover the length of the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Maine’s Mt Katahdin. Available as a complete set or in separate 200-250 mile sections of trail ($14.95 each), they’re cleverly packaged in booklet form instead of huge […]

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Big Agnes Green Ridge Sleeping Pad

Big Agnes Green Ridge Sleeping Pad Review

The Big Agnes Green Ridge Sleeping Pad (MSRP $69.95) is a full length warm weather sleeping pad that only weighs 12.6 ounces (on the SectionHiker digital scale). It packs up super small and is a good choice when you want to go light but not skimp out on your sleeping comfort. It reminds me of the transparent Big […]

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