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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