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Fjallraven Keb Eco-Shell Jacket Review

Fjallraven Eco-Shell Jacket Review

The Fjallraven Keb Eco-Shell is a 3-layer waterproof/breathable jacket built for backpacking and technical adventures. Made from Fjallraven’s recycled Eco-Shell fabric, the Keb Eco-Shell Jacket breathes, wicks, stretches, and completely protects against wind, snow, and rain. With a highly adjustable hood, ample chest pockets, side ventilation, and adjustable wrist cuffs, …

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Trekking the Eagle Walk in Austria

The Eagle Walk in Austria

The Eagle Walk is a 257-mile (413 Km) hiking trail that traverses the Austrian State of Tirol in 33 stages moving sequentially from east to west.  Each of the 33 stages comprises one day’s walk, and since camping is not generally allowed along this route, this is a “hut to …

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Seek Outside Peregrine 3500 Backpack Review

Seek Outside Peregrine 3500 Backpack

The Seek Outside Peregrine 3500 (57 L) is an external frame backpack with a breakaway load carrying system that is capable of hauling up to 100 pounds. Designed to meet the needs of backcountry explorers who want an off-trail backpack for day hikes or multi-day trips, the Peregrine 3500 is …

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REI Magma 15 Down Sleeping Bag Review

REI Magma 15 Sleeping Bag

The REI Magma 15 is an ultralight sleeping bag for three-season use. Weighing just 1 lb 12.2 oz, it’s insulated with 850 fill power goose down with an outstanding warmth-to-weight ratio. Its variable-sized baffle construction, a draft collar, zipper draft tube, and trapezoidal footbox are all high-end features commonly found …

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MSR FreeLite 2 Tent Review

The MSR FreeLite 2 is a two-person, double-wall tent that has a trail weight of 41 ounces. Considered a semi-freestanding tent, it has a single-pole system that is quick and easy to assemble. There are two doors with vestibules and the interior of the tent is surprisingly large with 48″ …

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Ursack Minor Critter Bag Review

The Ursack Minor is a Kevlar food storage bag that has a large volume and can protect your food from small animals such as raccoons, fox, squirrels, mice and other critters in the backcountry. Unlike some of the other Ursack products, this one is NOT bear-proof, but the Kevlar fabric …

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Paria Breeze Mesh Bug Bivy Review

The Paria Breeze Mesh Bivy is an affordable and spacious single person bug bivy for use under a tarp or by itself in dry weather.  Bug bivies are more spacious than bivy sacks with floors and sidewalls to keep rain from splashing back under your tarp. They’re far more livable …

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Fjallraven Vidda Pro Hiking Pants Review

Vidda Pro Pants are tough hiking pants made by Fjallraven, a Swedish company that makes technical expedition clothing and gear. They are constructed from Fjallraven’s G-1000 fabric which is a blend of 65% polyester and 35% cotton. While cotton is treated as a taboo for outdoor clothing, this fabric blend …

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Outdoor Research Interstellar Bivy Review

Wearable Bivy Sack

The Outdoor Research Interstellar Bivy is a 4-season bivy that features an upper made with AscentShell, a proprietary waterproof breathable fabric made by OR that has some built-in stretch. While the floor of the bivy is nylon coated TPU for more conventional waterproofness and abrasion resistance, the addition of the AscentShell …

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