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ULA Photon Daypack Review

The ULA Photon is a 35L frameless ultralight backpack

The ULA Photon is a 35L frameless ultralight-style daypack that weighs between 22-27 ounces, depending on how the pack is configured and whether you keep all of the optional components.  It’s basically a lower volume version of ULA’s CDT ultralight backpack (54L) ideal for day hikes, hut-to-hut overnights, commuting or air …

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NEMO GoGo Elite 1-Person Inflatable Bivy Tent Review

The NEMO GoFo Elite 1-person minimalist shelter

The NEMO GoGo Elite Inflatable Bivy Tent is a 1-person minimalist shelter that’s more spacious and comfortable than a bivy sack, but far more compact than most 1-person tents making it ideal for trips that require carrying a low volume load like adventure racing, fast and light backpacking, or bikepacking. …

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REI Activator Soft-Shell Winter Hiking Pants

REI's Activator Soft Shell Pants have a flat belt buckle that fits easily under a climbing harness or backpack hip belt for winter hiking

Finding a good pair of winter hiking pants that will keep you warm while venting excess sweat is one of the more challenging pieces of clothing for winter hikers to acquire. While beginner winter hikers can get by with layering a pair of synthetic long johns under a pair of …

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Short Length Ultralight Sleeping Pads

The NEMO Tensor Insulated 20S Sleeping Pad is 48 inches long and weighs 9.5 ounces

Switching to a shorter torso length sleeping pad is a good way to reduce the weight of your ultralight backpacking gear because your legs don’t need the same amount of insulation as your core does in three season conditions. If you have a short torso-length pad 36-48″ in length, you …

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Exped Traverse 40 Backpack Review

When the Exped Traverse 40 frame is curved for ventilation you can see daylight behind your back

The Exped Traverse 40 Backpack is a lightweight alpine style backpack with an innovative frame that can be curved when you want more airflow for back ventilation or flattened when you need a backpack that hugs your back and hips more closely. A convenient rear hatch also provides panel-style access …

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