Gear Reviews

SlingFin Portal 1 Tent Review

SlingFin Portal 1 Tent Review

The SlingFin Portal 1 is a freestanding double-wall tent that’s a one-person version of their bomber Portal 2-person tent, which we first used several years ago and recommend highly. The freestanding Portal 1 tent is superbly made, and suitable for 3+ season …

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Six Moon Designs Wy’east Daypack Review

Wyeast Daypack Review

The Six Moon Designs Wy’East Daypack is a 30-liter daypack for all-day hikes, commuting, and travel. While it’s made by a company that specializes in ultralight rolltop backpacks for thru-hiking, it has a top-lid pocket and internal security pocket that make it …

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Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody Review

Arcteryx Squamish Hoody Review

The Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody is a lightweight windshirt (wind shell or windbreaker) that can be used for multiple sports from hiking and mountaineering to climbing and trail running. It’s very barebones, with a one-way adjustable hood, stretch cuffs, a zippered chest pocket, …

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Granite Gear Virga3 55L Backpack Review

Granite Gear Virga3 55 Backpack Review

The Granite Gear Virga3 55L is a frameless ultralight rolltop backpack with an adjustable torso length and adjustable length hipbelt, that’s available in multiple torso ranges, in unisex (men’s) and women’s models. The unisex men’s version reviewed here weighs 26.9 oz with …

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Rab Downpour ECO Rain Jacket Review

Rab Downpour Eco Jacket Review

The Rab Downpour Eco Rain Jacket is an affordable waterproof/breathable rain jacket with many features that will appeal to environmentally conscious hikers. It has an excellent human-sized (non-helmet compatible) hood, pit zips, hipbelt compatible pockets, and velcro wrist cuffs. The entire jacket …

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REI Flash Air 50 Backpack Review

REI Flash Air 50 Backpack Review

The REI Flash Air 50 Backpack is an ultralight, roll-top backpack that weighs 1 lbs 14 oz. Available in men’s and women’s sizes, it’s quite similar to the REI Flash 55 Backpack (link to our review) with its reconfigurable pack-mod accessory pocket …

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Fjallraven High Coast Hike Trousers Review

Fjallraven High Coast Hike Trousers Review

Fjallraven High Coast Hike Trousers are lightweight hiking pants that are cool enough for use in warm weather. They’re ripstop nylon pants with some stretch to them, which makes them quite comfortable, and they have five pockets, including three with zippers for …

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