Gear Reviews

CAMP Nanotech XLC Crampons Review

CAMP Nanotech XLC Crampons

CAMP Aluminum Nanotech XLC Crampons are super-lightweight, 12 point, step-in crampons that reduce the level of effort required to hike in full crampons. Weighing 16.2 ounces per pair, including optional ABS plates, they weigh just a few more ounces than Kahtoola Microspikes (12.5 ounces), making them they are ideal for …

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Darn Tough Mountaineering Extra Cushion Socks Review

Darn Tough Mountaineering Extra Cushion Socks Review

Darn Tough Mountaineering Extra Cushion Socks are serious socks for seriously cold weather. They are Darn Tough’s thickest sock and 25% thicker than their standard cushion sock. They are made of a combination of merino wool, nylon and lycra spandex to improve shape retention, longevity and wicking. They feature fine …

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REI Flash 55 Backpack Review

REI Flash 55 Backpack Review

The REI Flash 55 Backpack is an ultralight, roll-top backpack with an optional top lid pocket. Weighing 2 lbs 10 oz, it has a ventilated back to help keep your shirt dry in warm weather and numerous pockets and straps, called “packmods”, that can be removed or reconfigured to lighten it …

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CAMP Stalker Universal Crampons Review

Camp Stalker Universal Crampons on a Soft Soled Garmont GTX Insulated Winter Boot

The CAMP Stalker Universal Crampon is the most popular crampon that CAMP sells. It’s compatible with all boot types, including regular hiking boots, soft-soled winter boots, and rigid mountaineering boots, making it a good investment if you want to use it with a variety of different winter boot systems. Made …

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Montane Icarus Synthetic Insulated Jacket Review

Montane Icarus Jacket Review

The Montane Icarus Jacket is a warm hooded jacket that’s filled with PrimaLoft’s ThermoPlume fill, a synthetic insulation that’s been designed to mimic down, except for the fact that it will keep you warmer if it gets damp or wet. Like goose down, ThermoPlume consists of small clusters of fibers …

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CamelBak Fourteener 24L Hydration Pack Review

The New CamelBak Fourteener 24L hydration pack has a double-style hip belt with extra large outer pockets

The CamelBak Fourteener 24L Hydration Pack is a day hiking and peakbagging hydration pack capable of carrying lots of food, water, and extra layers. CamelBak has introduced a version of the Fourteener 24L which is a substantial design departure from the previous model with a very different look, more cargo pockets, …

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Sierra Designs Convert 3 Tent Review

Sierra Designs Convert 3 Tent Review

The Sierra Designs Convert 3 is a freestanding three-person tent that’s strong enough for four season winter camping and backpacking, but can also re-configured for three season use in less demanding conditions. It has a large main compartment and two vestibules, which make it a spacious, but lightweight winter tent …

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Marmot Precip Rain Jacket Review

The Marmot Precip is the most popular backpacking rain jacket today

The Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket is the most popular rain jacket today with good reason: it’s a fully-featured waterproof breathable rain jacket that provides excellent performance at a reasonable price, usually available under $100. (See: Top 10 Backpacker Rain Jackets) Besides the price, one of PreCip’s best features is the …

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