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The Sea-to-Summit Ultralight Inflatable Sleeping Pad has a dimpled surface that is especially comfortable for side sleepers.

Sea to Summit Ultralight Sleeping Pad Review

The Sea-to-Summit Ultralight Sleeping Pad is quick to inflate and deflate, folds flat and compactly, and is covered with dimpled air cells that adapt to a sleeper’s curves like the mattress of their bed at home. Weighing just 12.5 ounces in a size regular, the Sea-to-Summit Ultralight  Sleeping Pad is also seriously lightweight. Not that you […]

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The Soto Amicus Canister stove has a recessed burner head for better wind resitance and a built in pot stand with four reinforced fold up feet.

Soto Amicus Canister Stove

Soto is a Japanese manufacturer known for its high quality canister (Windmaster) and liquid fuel backpacking (Muka) stoves. Their newest canister stove, the Amicus (which means friend in Latin), is value priced at $44.95 with a built-in piezo igniter ($39.95 without) and includes many of the features found on their more expensive models including four folding pot […]

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The Granite Gear Lutsen 60 Backpack

Granite Gear Lutsen 55L Backpack Review

Granite Gear has a new backpack called the Lutsen, in a 35L, 45L, or 55L size, which will be available in February 2016. The packs feature a new adjustable hip belt, hip belt pockets, and an adjustable frame, so you can dial in a custom fit that matches your hip size and torso length exactly, the two […]

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I switched to Darn Tough Socks this year because they're so durable

Darn Tough Hiker Boot Socks

I switched from wearing Smartwool Liner socks for hiking in trail runners this year to Darn Tough Hiker Boot Socks because I got sick of replacing socks that would wear through after a just a few days of use. The main source of sock abrasion when I hike is from crossing streams, because small sand particles […]

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Ant tied with dubbing and rooster neck feather

Fly Tying for Beginners

I started catching trout when I started tying flies. Coincidence? Maybe. But if you’re a trout angler, there’s no such thing as coincidence if it means breaking a trout drought! However, even though I fish with a Tenkara rod, I didn’t get started tying Tenkara flies. I tried, but I couldn’t make heads or tails […]

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