Gear Reviews

10 Best Ultralight Sleeping Bags of 2024

10 Best Ultralight Sleeping Bags

Many ultralight sleeping bags are as lightweight as backpacking quilts, making them a viable component in an ultralight backpacking sleep system. Sleeping bags also have the advantage over quilts in that they are draft-free because they can be zippered closed at night …

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Outdoor Vitals Skyline 30 Backpack Review

Outdoor Vitals Skyline 30 Backpack Review

While the Outdoor Vitals Skyline 30 Backpack is primarily designed for fastpacking, it makes an awesome daypack for hikers who prefer walking over running. Its vest-style shoulder harness distributes the load across your chest and back for a more comfortable carry. Numerous …

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Black Diamond Beta Lite 45 Backpack Review

Black Diamond Beta Lite 45 Backpack Review

The Black Diamond Beta Lite 45 is an ultralight rolltop backpack with vest-style shoulder straps inspired by running packs. Weighing 31.2 oz, it’s made with an ultralight fabric called Ultra 200 and Ultra 400 and seam-taped internally, making it effectively waterproof. It’s …

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NEMO Mayfly OSMO 2 Tent Review

NEMO Mayfly OSMO 2 Person Tent Review

The NEMO Mayfly OSMO 2-Person Tent is a semi-freestanding, lightweight backpacking tent with a heavy-duty floor. Sized for two, it’s also suitable for solo hikers who want to bring their dog or camp on rough surfaces without bringing a separate footprint. The …

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REI Magma 30 Down Trail Quilt Review

This quilt is lofty! Box baffles are vertically oriented at the torso to prevent the down from shifting to the sides

The REI Magma 30 Down Trail Quilt is a lightweight backpacking quilt with a zippered footbox that lets you open the quilt flat like a comforter. It is conservatively temperature-rated to 30F, uses water-resistant down, and has draft collars at both the …

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REI Swiftland Low Gaiters Review

REI Swiftland Hiking Gaiters

REI Swiftland Gaiters are low softshell gaiters designed for use with trail runners and low hiking shoes, including: trail runners with a rear gaiter trap (like Altra trail runners) trail runners or hiking shoes that have a flat sole trail runners or …

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