Gear Reviews

The North Face Mica FL 1 Tent Review

The North Face Mica 1 FL is a one person tent that weighs 32.5 oz

The North Face Mica FL 1 is a one-person double-wall tent that weighs 32.5 ounces. The inner tent is freestanding, making it very easy to set up, and the rain fly only requires an additional 2 stakes to pitch. Steep side walls …

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MSR Revo Explore Snowshoe Review

MSR Revo Explore Snowshoes The new hyperlink binding only has two straps which close with a snowboard-style ratchet binding-1

The MSR Revo Explore Snowshoe is a recreational snowshoe that features the new Hyperlink ratchet binding system (also available on the MSR Lightning Explore Snowshoe) which is much easier and faster to put on than the plastic strap binding used on MSR’s backcountry snowshoes, …

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Gossamer Gear Silverback 55 Backpack Review

Gossamer Gear Silverback 55 Backpack Review

The Gossamer Gear Silverback 55 is a refined and highly functional multi-day backpack that can easily be configured in different ways for different kinds of trips, from long-distance thru-hiking to multi-day backpacks, on and off-trail. This is the second iteration of the …

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Osprey Kamber 42 Backpack Review

The Osprey Kamber 42 is a multi-function winter backpack that can be used for skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing

No doubt many hikers and backpackers who take up backcountry skiing or snowboarding initially make do with packs already on hand. In my case, those were a 30-liter Gregory daypack and a 65-liter Osprey backpack. But size matters, and the Gregory was …

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Liquid Fuel Stove Guide

Melting snow with a MSR Whisperlite Stove

If you plan on winter camping or backpacking, you should get yourself a liquid fuel stove that burns petroleum distillates like white gas or kerosene instead of a canister-based stove that burns isobutane fuel. Canister gas won’t ignite in its gaseous state …

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Gregory Baltoro 65 Backpack Review

Gregory Baltoro 65 Backpack

The Gregory Baltoro 65 is a high-volume internal-frame backpack that’s designed to carry heavy loads up to 50 pounds in comfort. It’s ideal for off-the-grid trips, multi-sport adventures, and international travel when you want a backpack that’s loaded with features, but can …

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Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters Review

When you’re hiking through snow, gaiters are an essential piece of gear because they help keep your socks dry. Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters are so-called because they’re built tough like the skin of the animal. Toughness is important, especially around the ankles when wearing …

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