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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Kahtoola Mountain Snowshoes

I think Kahtoola is a very innovative company. When they introduced Microspikes, they totally transformed winter hiking by eliminating the need for heavier strap-on winter crampons for a broad segment of the hiking community. They’ve done it again, but this time with snowshoes. The Kahtoola Mountain Snowshoe is a two …

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Seychelle Water Purifier Straw

Seychelle Water Purifier Straw

The Seychelle Advanced Pure Water Straw is a full-fledged water purifier in straw form, capable of filtering out 99.9999% of viruses and bacteria as wells as 99.99% of Guardia and Cryptosporidium. It has a capacity to filter up to 25 gallons of water, costs $16.95 and weighs almost nothing. I’ve taken it on …

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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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