Vintage Backpacking Gear

Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket Review

The Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket wetted out on me after a few hours of hiking in the rain. It doesn't matter what the waterproof/breathability rating of your jacket is. Condensation will still occur in the right circumstances and soak you inside any rain coat.JPG

The Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket is a 6.3 ounce lightweight rain jacket (in a size men’s XL) that is light enough to be used as a wind shirt or a rain jacket. Specially designed for ultra runners in Europe’s Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, it has high waterproof/breathability ratings in lab tests, but like …

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NEMO Tetrapod Hammock Review

The NEMO Tetrapod is a fully featured, gathered-end backpacking hammock with a diagonal lay

The NEMO Tetrapod Hammock is a full-featured, gathered-end backpacking hammock with a diagonal lay that weighs 33.5 ounces, not including stakes (on the SectionHiker scale) and comes complete with integrated mosquito netting, a tarp, and webbing straps. Originally designed for Special Operations Forces but now commercially available, it’s a single …

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Zerogram Zero 1 Tent Review

The Zerogram Zero1 is a single walled A-frame tarptent with a front vestibule and a screened side door

The Zerogram Zero 1 is a single-walled A-frame style backpacking shelter with a front gear vestibule, side screened door, and built-in floor. A rear window, covered with an awning, is also provided for additional ventilation. Pitched with two adjustable trekking poles and 7 tent stakes, it weighs 21.8 ounces on …

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Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 Tent Review

The Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 Tent is sized for two adults and weighs just 2 pounds 2 ounces

The Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 (MSRP $449) is a lightweight, double-walled tent designed for 2 people. Weighing just 2 pounds and 2 ounces, it caters to backpackers willing to sacrifice living comfort for reduced weight. Design The Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 tent is a double-walled, front-entry tent with a …

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Montane Grand Tour 55 L Backpack Review

Montane Grand Tour 55 Backpack

The Montane Grand Tour 55L is a mid-size, body hugging backpack that is easy to carry and great for technical hiking and backpacking. Made by the British gear manufacturer Montane, the Grand Tour is the big brother of an acclaimed line of smaller climbing and cragging packs introduced by Montane last …

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