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The Patagonia Torrenshell Jacket on a very wet day at the Black Angel river crossing on the Wild River

Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket Review

The Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket is an affordable and fully featured rain jacket with an excellent hood and pit zip ventilation. While nearly twice the weight of minimalist lightweight rain jackets like the OR Helium II, it’s warmer and much more durable, making it good for rough and tumble activities like winter and shoulder season hiking when […]

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ULA Circuit Backpack

5 Best Ultralight Backpacks for Long Distance Backpacking

A lot of hikers ask me which backpacks I think are the best for multi-day hikes and long distance backpacking, and time and again, I recommend the packs listed below. Why? I think they’re large enough to fit all of the gear and food you need for a backpacking trip for a variety of temperatures […]

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The Echo II Shelter system is a palace for one person with lots of interior room.

Hyperlight Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System Review

The Hyperlight Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System is a modular tarp shelter system with three components that can be mixed and matched depending on your trip requirements. Made with cuben fiber, it’s also very lightweight enabling it to be used by one or two people with little weight penalty. The Echo II consists of […]

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Montane Minimus Rain Pants are not baggy

Montane Minimus Rain Pants

Besides the fact that they’re very lightweight, the most important thing you have to know about Montane’s Minimus Rain Pants is that they’re not baggy. They have extra velcro tabs along the base of the legs that you can cinch down to make the legs form-fitting so they don’t flop when you’re hiking or running. […]

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Tenkara Fly Fishing by David Dirks

Tenkara Fly Fishing: Insights and Strategies

Tenkara Fly Fishing by David Dirks isn’t an instructional book about fly fishing in the Tenkara style and if you’re looking for a structured introduction to Tenkara you’re going to be disappointed. Instead, it’s a round table collection of responses to questions about Tenkara techniques posed by Dirks to a half-dozen Tenkara fishing guides, covering […]

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The Campsaver Ultralight 30 Down Sleeping Bag is filled with 10.8 ounces of 850 fill power goose down.

Campsaver Ultralight 30 Down Sleeping Bag Review

The online retailer, Campsaver, has started to manufacture and sell their own branded men’s and women’s mummy bags and hoodless sleeping bags, including the Campsaver Ultralight 30 Down Sleeping Bag, filled with 850 fill power goose down. Priced at just $299.95, it’s an excellent value (see table below) relative to other sleeping bags with the […]

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