Vintage Backpacking Gear

Deuter Spectro AC 38 Backpack Review

I really like the Deuter Spectro 38 backpack. At 2,320 cubic inches (38L) capacity, it’s a great pack for longer day hikes, hut-to-hut routes, or fast and light overnight backpacking trips. If you’re not familiar with Deuter (pronounced Doy-ter), you should check out their backpacks. A German company, they’re not …

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CamelBak Highwire 25 Hydration Pack

Camelbak Highwire 25L Hydration Pack

The CamelBak Highwire 25L is a large capacity hydration pack that’s ideal for long-distance day hikes and peak bagging adventures. Complete with a 100 oz/3L hydration reservoir, it can hold 1526 cubic inches of gear, giving you plenty of capacity to carry food, extra layers, maps, and the 10 essentials. …

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Brunton 15TDCL Sighting Compass

I switched from a simple Suunto A10 base plate compass to a Brunton 15TDCL Sighting Compass last year because I wanted a compass that was more robust for bushwhacking, backpacking in open country across Scotland, and for avalanche prediction in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. While the A10 has been an …

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Rab Momentum Jacket in eVent

From Gore-Tex to eVent I’ve been wanting to upgrade my hiking shell and rain jacket from Gore-Tex Paclite to eVent fabric for some time, but I’ve had a difficult time finding a minimalist jacket from any of the US-based outdoor clothing manufacturers. Last month, I finally found the perfect coat, …

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REI TI Ware Non-Stick Pot

REI Titanium Pot.

The REI 1.3 L titanium pot has a non stick coating for easy cleanup. For years, all I did was boil water for freezer bag meals on the trail and I didn’t need a non-stick coating. But these days, I want the option of eating richer meals in winter and …

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Thermarest NeoAir Sleeping Pad

Therm-a-rest NeoAir Sleeping Pad - Size Regular

I finally got out backpacking this weekend and tried out the Thermarest NeoAir ($149.95) sleeping pad. This is an inflatable pad with an R-value of 2.5 weighing 14 oz in a size regular. The only other popular sleeping pad on the market with a comparable R-value is the Thermarest Ridgerest …

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