Vintage Backpacking Gear

KEEN Versatrail Hiking Shoe Review

The KEEN Versatrail low hiker is a mesh hiking shoe designed for casual use and easy hiking trails

The KEEN Versatrail is a low hiking shoe that runs wide and has a spacious toe box. Designed for casual use and for easy day hikes, it’s a very stable hiking shoe that defies ankle rolling, but lacks the traction you’d require for more technical hikes that require rock scrambling. …

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Kelty Ruckus Roll Top 28 Backpack Review

The Kelty Ruckus 28 is a roll top daypack that can carry a ton of gear

The Kelty Ruckus 28 Roll Top is a fully featured technical daypack loaded with features that can be used for many different types of day hikes, peakbagging, and hut-to-hut trips. Weighing just 1 pound 6 ounces, I’ve been impressed with how comfortable it is on long, hard, and fast hikes. Features …

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Katabatic Gear Helios 55 Backpack Review

The Katabatic Gear Helios 55 is a cuben fiber roll top backpack with a rear stretch pocket

Katabatic Gear is best known for their quilts, but they also make backpacks, including the Helios 55 cuben fiber pack, what I jokingly refer to as “the other white backpack.” I’ve been using the 32 ounce Helios 55 for backpacking and winter alpine ascents and it’s a great four-season capable pack, definitely …

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Boreas Gear Buttermilks 55 Backpack

Boreas Gear Buttermilk 55 Backpack

The Boreas Gear Buttermilks 55 is a lightweight backpack suitable for weekend or multi-day backpacking trips. Although it’s a bit on the heavy side at 3 pounds 1 ounces, the Buttermilks combines the simplicity of a minimalist ultralight-style backpack with the load carrying capabilities of a more conventional frame system. …

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Granite Gear Crown VC 60 Backpack Review

Granite Gear Crown VC 60 Backpack

The Granite Gear Crown VC is a bomber pack that combines the durability and quality that Granite Gear packs are known for with many of the features and functions that characterize lightweight and ultralight backpacks. It has been a big hit long-distance hikers and recreational backpackers. Storage Capacity With 60 …

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Osprey Variant 52 Backpack Review

The Osprey Variant 52 a great winter backpack for overnights and ice climbing and one of the best winter backpacks you can buy off-the-shelf from a mainstream gear manufacturer. It’s lightweight, roomy, exceptionally comfortable and easily reconfigured for many usage scenarios. I think Osprey has hit a home run with this one …

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LL Bean Primaloft Superlight Jacket Review

The chest only insulation in the LL Primaloft Superlight Jacket is perfect for highly aerobic activities like cross country skiing and snowshoeing

The LL Bean Primaloft Superlight Jacket is a lightweight hooded insulated jacket, perfect for winter hiking, cross-country skiing, and other highly aerobic winter sports. Insulated just over the front chest and sides, and not on the back or arms, it’s a kind of a cross between a lightweight insulated vest and a …

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Montane Volt Pull-on Shirt Review

The Montane Volt Pull-on is so warm I can hike in it alone without my shell jacket in quite cold weather

I carry a fleece pullover year round on day hikes and backpacking trips. Fleece is warm, it wicks extremely well, it doesn’t shrink in the wash, and needs no special care. A fleece pullover will keep you warm when it’s wet, it dries quickly, your body heat is enough to dry …

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BoneFire Gear Insulated Hammocks

The BoneFire Gear Whisper Hammock is a 120" x 58 gathered-end, double layer hammock with built-in insulation.

If you’ve ever been cold at night in a hammock or tried using an underquilt and still been cold, you’ll be interested in a new hammock manufacturer named BoneFire Gear. Founded in 2014 by Jeremy Puskas, BoneFire Gear makes hammocks that have built-in down or synthetic insulation sewn to the …

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Montane Tigertooth Pro Glove Review

Montane Tigertooth Pro Climbing Gloves

Montane’s Tigertooth Pro Glove is a technical softshell alpine glove that provides enough dexterity, warmth and water resistance, to hold a mountaineering ice axe in the ready position in cold winter weather. The problem with most high dexterity gloves is that they don’t provide enough insulation when gripping an ice axe is …

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Nemo Equipment Obi 1-Person Tent

Stealthy Nemo Obi 1P Tent

The Nemo Obi 1P single person, double-wall tent is spacious, simple, and quite lightweight, weighing just under 3 pounds. With a built-in vestibule, it is suitable for 3+ season camping and backpacking in good weather and bad, with ample external tie-downs to improve its stability in high winds and foul …

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