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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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Seychelle Water Purifier Straw

Seychelle Water Purifier Straw

The Seychelle Advanced Pure Water Straw is a full-fledged water purifier in straw form, capable of filtering out 99.9999% of viruses and bacteria as wells as 99.99% of Guardia and Cryptosporidium. It has a capacity to filter up to 25 gallons of water, costs $16.95 and weighs almost nothing. I’ve taken it on …

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Rab Momentum Jacket in eVent

From Gore-Tex to eVent I’ve been wanting to upgrade my hiking shell and rain jacket from Gore-Tex Paclite to eVent fabric for some time, but I’ve had a difficult time finding a minimalist jacket from any of the US-based outdoor clothing manufacturers. Last month, I finally found the perfect coat, …

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