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MSR Snowshoe Guide: How to Choose

MSR Snowshoe Selection Guide

MSR makes great snowshoes for winter hiking and backpacking that provide excellent traction and flotation over packed snow and ice in mountainous terrain and powder in higher elevations and drier climates. With an ironclad guarantee, MSR also has a great reputation for replacing snowshoes that fail, something that will save you …

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Montbell Versalite Pants Review

Montbell Versalite Pants Review

Montbell’s Versalite Pants are 2-layer ultralight waterproof/breathable pants that weigh just 3.7 oz (in a men’s XL.) They can be used as rain pants or wind pants or when you want light layer to keep your legs warmer in camp. Montbell’s Versalite Pants have been available for many years, but the …

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Jetboil Stove Systems Buyers Guide

Jetboil Stove Systems Buyers Guide

Jetboil’s group and personal cooking systems revolutionized camping and backpacking cooking when they were introduced 19 years ago. Jetboil’s signature innovation was to tightly integrate the cook pot and stove into a highly efficient and windproof cooking system that was easy-to-use, fast, and completely self-contained. Since then, Jetboil has refined …

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Jetboil Zip Stove Review

Jetboil zip stove review

The Jetboil Zip is a complete canister stove system that includes an insulated cooking pot, top lid, stove burner, measuring cup, and stand. It’s large enough to carry a small-sized 100 g canister inside and packs together into a small and compact unit that’s easy to carry in a backpack. The …

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Montbell EX Light Down Anorak Hoody Review

Montbell EX Light Down Anorak Hoody review

The Montbell EX Light Down Anorak is an ultralight 900-fill power, down sweater that’s ideal for wearing around camp, during water and snack breaks, or paired with a top quilt for sleeping. Weighing 9.0 oz (in a size XL), the styling is simple but functional, with a half zipper, adjustable …

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MSR Reactor Pot – 2.5 Liter Review

MSR Reactor 2.5 liter pot

I became enamored with cook pots that include heat exchange fins this year after watching a friend melting snow with one last winter with far less fuel than me. This led to my changing my cook pot for this winter from a 1.3 liter ultralight titanium pot to a comparatively …

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