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Stuff sacks with draw strings compress much smaller than stuff sacks with roll top closures, especially for items like quilts.

Zpacks.com Cuben Fiber Stuff Sacks

Upgrading your stuff sacks to ultralight cuben fiber stuff sacks is often overlooked as a way to reduce your pack weight, but it can have a huge impact if you use heavier waterproof stuff sacks or compression sacks today. I switched to cuben fiber stuff sacks this spring because a lot of my older silnylon stuff […]

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Petzl E+Lite Headlamp

Petzl e+Lite Headlamp Review

I think the Petzl e+Lite Headlamp is the best headlamp ever made. I’ve been using it this hiking and backpacking season and it is by far the easiest to use headlamp I’ve ever owned. The thing I like best about the Petzl e+Lite it is its self-documenting selector switch. When you move it from one position to the next, […]

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The Daniel Webster Scout Trail begin inside the Dolly Copp Campground off Rt 16, directly opposite from Imp Face.

The Daniel Webster (Scout) Trail

After several years of compulsive peakbagging in the White Mountains, I’ve changed my goals and set out to hike many of the trails that I’ve never set foot on before. With over 1500 miles of interconnected trails, there are still many miles of trails in the Whites that I’ve never hiked and I expect this […]

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Klymit Static V Luxe Inflateable Sleeping Pad

Klymit Static V Luxe Sleeping Pad Review

Klymit’s new Static V Luxe Sleeping Pad is an interesting twist on a luxury inflatable sleeping pad, combining a decadent 30″ width, with a pad that is easy to inflate, and rolls up into a small bundle barely the size of many ultralight weight backpacking pads. It’s also incredibly inexpensive, only costing $89, which should terrify […]

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Esbit 750 ml Titanium Pot on a UL wood stove

Esbit 750ml Titanium Pot

I have a weakness for ultralight titanium cookware and when I saw the Esbit 750 ml Titanium Mug Pot over the winter, I knew I had to try it  out. I was pulling together a new wood and solid fuel based cook system for ultralight backpacking trips and the size and features of this pot appealed […]

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An innovation to traditional quilt design, the integrated hood helps insulate your head on a cold night. It naturally stays sealed and draft-free when not in use

Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt 800F Review

There are three things you should take away from this review of the new 24 ounce Sierra Design’s Backcountry Quilt: Sierra Designs has improved on the original quilt concept with a built-in hood that will appeal to backpackers and campers who’ve used mummy bags in the past but want to lighten up their gear. It’s a […]

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Sea-to-Summit Head net with Insect Shield

Sea-to-Summit Head Net with Insect Shield

I wear a Sea-to-Summit Head Net with Insect Shield when I hike and backpack during bug season. When coupled with a wide-brimmed hat like my OR Sentinel Brim, wearing a head net is far more comfortable and effective than coating my ears, head, chest and shoulders with DEET insect repellent. I’ve tried several head nets over […]

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