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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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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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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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