Vintage Backpacking Gear

Zamberlan Fitz Roy Boots

Zamberlan Fitz Roy Mountaineering Boots

The Zamberlan Fitz Roy straddles the technical hiking and mountaineering boot categories. I received a pair late last winter, too late to really put them to the test for winter hiking, but I’ve been hiking in them regularly this year in late autumn, and now winter conditions, and can finally evaluate them …

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Outdoor Research Acetylene Jacket Review

Outdoor Research Acetylene Jacet - Primaloft Insulated Chest and Front

The Outdoor Research Acetylene Jacket is a hybrid midlayer jacket suitable for use as an external jacket for highly aerobic activity in very cold weather. The front and shoulders of the jacket are filled with Primaloft Eco insulation for warmth while the back and arms are a grid-backed radiant fleece …

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Altra Lone Peak 2.5 Trail Runners

The Altra 2.5 Lone Peak Trail Runner has a very large toe box that provides exceptional comfort.

If you’re on the fence about whether to switch to trail runners for hiking and backpacking, Altra’s Lone Peak 2.5 running shoes might make a believer out of you. Although they look like clown shoes with an oversized toe box, they are very comfortable for hiking on level terrain and rolling hills …

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The PowerPot Review

The Power Pot has a Thermocouple Built into its base that transforms heat into electricity

The PowerPot is an anodized aluminum cook pot that has a built-in thermocouple in its base that is capable of generating electricity from heat. The PowerPot blows the Biolite away in terms of power generation efficiency and speed. Not only that, it’s completely stove and fuel independent, so you can generate …

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Osprey Mutant 38 Backpack Review

Osprey Packs Mutant 38 Backpack

Designed for climbing and winter peakbagging, the Osprey Mutant 38 Backpack only weighs 2 pounds 15 ounces (size medium), and has a clean streamlined design optimized for rock and ice climbing that won’t slow you down over rough scrambling or more technical routes. Key Features Dual ice axe/tool attachments (top …

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NEMO Nocturne 30 Sleeping Bag Review

Mummy shape vs NEMO Spoon shape

As a side sleeper, I’ve struggled to sleep comfortably in mummy shaped sleeping bags for years. They’re usually too tight around the shoulders and legs for me to roll onto my side. So I was intrigued when I learned about NEMO’s new spoon-shaped sleeping bags which are wide in the shoulders and …

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Big Agnes Scout UL 2 Tent Review

The Big Agnes Scout UL 2 is an ultralight cross between a classic pub tent and an A-frame tarp

The Big Agnes Scout UL 2 person tent is a single wall, ultralight-style tent with ample room for two people. Weighing 1 pound 9 ounces (without tent stakes) it includes an inner tent with high bathtub floors, mesh ventilation, and a roof fly, rivaling many of the features and function of …

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Bergans of Norway Helium 55L Backpack

Helium 55L Backpack - Front

The Bergans of Norway Helium 55L backpack took me by surprise. Weighing 2 pounds 9 ounces on the SectionHiker scale, the Helium is set up like a climbing/winter backpack with tons of external attachment points but carries very much like an ultralight backpack, with side mesh pockets to carry water …

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