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Mountainsmith Mayhem 35L Winter Backpack

Mountainsmith Mayhem 35L Backpack Review

The Mountainsmith Mayhem 35L backpack is a great winter and climbing backpack, well-suited for day long hikes that require carrying heavy winter gear such as snowshoes, skis, a snowboard, an ice axe and avalanche shovel. A top-loading pack, it has numerous external attachment points for lashing gear to the outside of the pack in addition to […]

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Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody

Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody Review

The Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody is a highly breathable softshell jacket that excels as a wind shirt and protective garment against light precipitation. Ideally suited for cold weather pursuits, it provides excellent breathability without the weight of a heavier technical shell. Made entirely with Schoeller stretch fabric, the Alpine Start Hoody is most breathable jacket that […]

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A smiling Section Hiker melting snow in camp wearing the Sierra Designs DriDown Baffled Parka

Sierra Designs DriDown Baffled Parka Review

The Sierra Designs DriDown Baffled Parka is the quintessential puffy down jacket that’s equally appropriate for winter camping in subzero temperatures or standing on a windy subway platform. This is a seriously warm down jacket made to keep you toasty in the coldest conditions imaginable, above treeline on a frigid crag, or at your kid’s lakeside hockey game. Filled with […]

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Some flareup is inevitable in winter when lighting the stove with an inverted canister, because the fuel is in liquid not gas form.

Kovea Spider Remote Canister Backpacking Stove Review

The Kovea Spider Remote Canister Stove is a four season backpacking and camping stove that has many advantages over fully integrated and component canister stove systems. First and foremost, the Kovea Spider can be used with different pots of all shapes and sizes, making it convenient for group camping as well as solo backpacking trips. The […]

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Smith Knowledge Turbo Fan Goggles

Smith Knowledge Turbo OTG Fan Goggles Review

I’ve owned a pair of Smith Knowledge Turbo OTG Fan Goggles for a couple of years now. They have a built-in battery-powered exhaust fan which prevents fogging, which can a real problem on winter hikes when you need to wear full face protection in high wind. Available in a OTG size for people with glasses, […]

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Gossamer Gear Gorilla Ultralight Backpack

Gossamer Gear Gorilla Ultralight Backpack Review

The Gossamer Gear Gorilla Ultralight Backpack is designed for backpackers who have already gone through the transition from a heavier gear list to a base weight that is under 15 pounds (not including food, fuel, and water). While it can be used for shorter overnight backpacking trips, peakbagging, and even day hikes when you need to carry extra layers, […]

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