Winter Hiking Gear

MSR Evo Ascent Snowshoes Review

MSR Evo Ascent Snowshoe with Televator Raised

I started using a different pair of snowshoes a few years ago, switching from a pair of MSR Lightning Ascents to a pair of Evo Ascent Snowshoes, also from MSR. While the Lightning Ascents are great snowshoes for mountainous winter hiking and snowshoeing, I needed a more durable more maneuverable …

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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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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, like the MSR Lightning Ascent. Specs at a …

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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 below 15 degrees Fahrenheit, which really limits its …

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Ragged Mountain Intervale Gaiters Review

Off-Trail Snowshoeing in Deep Powder on Cave Mountain, White Mountains

Ragged Mountain’s Intervale Gaiters are designed for winter hiking, snowshoeing or XC skiing. Made with soft Supplex nylon pack-cloth, they’re super breathable, water-resistant and lightweight, nothing like heavy mountaineering gaiters, Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters for instance, that you need to wear to protect your lower legs and pants from being speared …

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