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TSL Snowshoes Symbioz Elite Snowshoes Review

TSL Symbioz Elite Snowshoes are designed for snowshoeing in mountainous terrain

TSL’s Symbioz Elite Snowshoes are designed for use in mountainous terrain with aggressive crampons and a heel lift for climbing steep and icy slopes. They have a large horizontal front crampon, good for digging into slopes, with 8 stainless-steel cleats (rotated 90 degrees) down the sides to prevent side slipping. But …

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Bar Mitts Cold Weather Pogies Review

Bar Mitts can be used as cold weather pogies for regular trekking poles in cold weather

Bar Mitts are cold weather pogies used by cyclists to keep their hands warm in cold weather. While they’re available for many different bar and shifter combinations, the straight bar version of Bar Mitts designed for mountain bikes can also be used as pogies for regular-handled trekking poles. Made with …

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Brynje Wool Thermo Mesh “Fishnet” Base Layers Review

Wool Mesh Base Layers

Baselayer tops and bottoms are supposed to transport perspiration from your skin into your midlayer clothing so that you stay drier and warmer when you’re working hard in cold weather. That’s the theory behind layering. But how many times have you pulled off your fleece sweater, only to find that …

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear Backpacks: How to Choose

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Backpacks How to Choose

Hyperlite Mountain Gear (HMG) specializes in making backpacks and shelters with Dyneema Composite Fabrics (formerly called cuben fiber.) Their distinctive white and black colored backpacks are quite popular and easy to spot in the backcountry. One of the things that sets Hyperlite off from other cottage ultralight gear manufacturers is their …

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How to Follow a Trail: Blazes and Trail Anatomy

Trail Blaze Patterns

When the pilots of small aircraft fly in clear weather, they often orient themselves by referring to visible landmarks like roads, buildings, or obvious terrain features rather than flying by navigation instruments. They can still refer to their instruments if they’re uncertain about their heading or the outside visibility deteriorates, …

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