Vintage Backpacking Gear

MSR Fast Stash UL Tarp Shelter

MSR Fast Stash Tarp Shelter

The MSR Fast Stash is a bold crossover shelter that offers all of the ventilation benefits of tarp camping with the comfort of a mainstream hiking tent. Based on a traditional flat tarp pitch tarp called an Adirondack Wind Shed (my favorite), the Fast Stash is a 2 person, 3 …

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REI Stoke 29 Day Pack

REI Stoke 29 Daypack

The REI Stoke 29 is perfectly sized for long day hikes, with a large main compartment and three exterior mesh pockets (2 side, 1 front.) I adore mesh packets like this because I can me stow all of the gear or food I need during a hike so it’s easily …

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Sierra Designs Mojo 2 Tent Review

Mojo 2, Rear View

The Sierra Designs Mojo 2 tent is very cool: it’s a 3 pound 2.8 ounce, 2 person tent with a hybrid one-piece fly and inner tent, external poles, and a winged design that provides far superior air flow than conventional doubled walled tents. It has ample headroom and interior space, a …

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Osprey Hornet 46 Backpack Review

Osprey Hornet 46 Backpack

Why is the Osprey Hornet a hot backpack in the lightweight backpacking scene? There are several reasons: First, the Hornet series represents a radical change in the Osprey Design Philosophy away from their overbuilt backpacks to a more customizable design with removable features and lighter weight fabrics. Second, this pack clearly signals …

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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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