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Hilleberg Niak Tent Review

The Hilleberg Niak is a lightweight, two person with an inner tent that can be hung under the fly so it doesn't get wet in rainy weather

The Hilleberg Niak is a bomber, 2 person, lightweight tent designed for three-season use in remote wilderness conditions. Weighing 3 lbs. 5 oz. it has a dome style architecture with two cross-poles that slot into sleeves, not clips, making it much more wind and weather worthy than most lightweight and ultralight …

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Fizan Compact Trekking Poles Review

Fizan Compact Trekking Poles

Fizan Compact Trekking Poles are 3-piece lightweight, 7001 aluminum trekking poles that adjust with a twist-lock mechanism. Fizan claims that they’re the lightest aluminum trekking poles in the world, with a weight of just 158 grams per pole. The Compact poles have carbide tips, and come with three different sized plastic baskets, …

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My Trail Company Pyramid 3 Tent Review

My Trail Company Pyramid 3 Tent

The My Trail Company Pyramid 3 Tent ($299) is a three-person pyramid shelter with an optional inner tent. The design is basically identical to the Shangri-La 3 tent (click for review) originally made by the bankrupt ultralight backpacking manufacturer GoLite and now produced by My Trail Company with few noticeable changes over the previous …

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Nitecore NU20 Rechargeable Headlamp Review

The Nitecore NU20 headlamp is rechargeable and 4 different intensity settings ranging from 1 lumen to 360 lumens at full power

The Nitecore NU20 is very bright, lightweight rechargeable headlamp that I’m using this year for three-season backpacking and hiking. Weighing just 1.66 ounces, including a comfortable head strap, it has 4 brightness levels, ranging from 1 lumen to 360 lumens on full power, in addition to two special modes: a …

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ULA Backpacks: How to Choose

ULA Ultralight Backpacks - How to Choose

Ultralight Adventure Equipment (ULA) is one of the oldest and most respected ultralight backpacking gear manufacturers. Their backpacks are quite popular with long distance backpackers and weekend warriors in the United States and are a frequent sight along our National Scenic Trails and in the backcountry. I like ULA’s backpacks because they’re very durable …

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