Gear Reviews

Gossamer Gear G4-20 Backpack Review

Gossamer Gear G4-20 Backpack Review

The Gossamer Gear G4-20 Backpack is a 42-liter frameless roll-top backpack that weighs 25 oz. Being frameless it’s best for carrying loads under 20 to 25 pounds and makes a nice ultralight backpack for multi-day trips and extended day hikes. In many …

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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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QiWiz Big Dig Ultralight Titanium Trowel Review

QiWiz Big Dig Titanium Cat Hole Trowel

The QiWiz Big Dig Ultralight Titanium Trowel is an ultralight 0.5 ounce (15 grams) titanium cat hole trowel for digging holes in hard, rocky, and root-filled soil. It’s much sturdier than inexpensive plastic trowels and much lighter weight, too. Whenever I teach people …

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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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Marmot Precip ECO Rain Jacket Review

The Marmot Precip ECO is a lightweight waterproof/breathable rain jacket made with recycled nylon ripstop with a PFC-free DWR coating. Weighing 10 oz, the Precip is inexpensive but fully featured and suitable for year-round hiking and backpacking. It has a fully adjustable …

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