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Zpacks Pocket Tarp with Doors Review

The Zpacks Pocket Tarp w/ Doors is a one-person tarp weighing 6.1 oz with guylines attached. It is constructed from 0.55 oz/sq. yard Dyneema Composite Fabric (DCF), a fully waterproof material that doesn’t stretch or sag when wet. I purchased this tent primarily for use in the desert southwest where …

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Black Diamond Distance 15 Pack Review

Black Diamond Distance 15 Backpack Review

The Black Diamond Distance 15 Pack is a cross between a low profile running vest and a durable mountaineering backpack. At 15L, the capacity of the main compartment might not seem like a lot, but with the right lightweight gear and good planning, it can be more than enough space …

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Tarptent ProTrail Li Tent Review

Tarptent ProTrail Li Review

The Tarptent ProTrail Li is a single wall Dyneema trekking pole tent that weighs 15.95 ounces. It’s basically a very simple A-frame style rainfly with a floating bathtub floor that is attached to the sidewalls and ends with noseeum mesh. This lets you pitch the fly “high” so that air …

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Slingfin SplitWing Shelter Review

SlingFin SplitWing Shelter Review

SlingFin’s SplitWing Shelter bundle is a 1-2 person, ultralight, three-piece modular shelter system with a tarp, mesh body with a solid floor, and an optional vestibule. This setup allows you to have one system that you can dial in for different 3-season conditions, and save weight by leaving the extra …

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Seek Outside Flight One Backpack Review

Seek Outside Flight One Backpack Review

The Seek Outside Flight One Backpack is a lightweight 61 liter internal frame backpack that weighs 2 pounds 4 ounces. With a max recommended load between 35 – 50 lbs (depending on torso length and frame height), it’s built to withstand hard use for wilderness backpacking and thru-hiking. The Flight …

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Enlightened Equipment Visp Rain Jacket Review

Enlightened Equipment Visp Rain Jacket Review

The Enlightened Equipment Visp is an ultralight 3-layer waterproof breathable rain jacket with a fully adjustable hood, velcro wrist cuffs, a waterproof zipper, and drop tail, that’s fully seam-taped seam taped.  The Visp is lightweight and breathable enough that it can be used as a wind shirt or a rain …

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Ultimate Direction Mountain Vest 5.0 Review

Ultimate Direction Mountain Vest 5.0 Review

The Ultimate Direction Mountain Vest 5.0 is UD’s latest version of their mid-volume mountain running pack. At 13.4L storage capacity and up to 4 liters of hydration, the Mountain Vest 5.0 is an excellent choice for longer, single day, and ultra-light trail adventures. Also, because it’s so lightweight, it serves …

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Mystery Ranch Street Mask Review

Mystery Ranch Street Mask review

A lot of backpacking gear companies are making masks these days, but I like the Mystery Ranch Street Mask the best because it has a head strap like a surgical mask and not just ear loops, so you get a tighter, more secure fit. One end of the head strap …

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