Vintage Backpacking Gear

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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Boreas Lost Coast 60 Backpack Review

The Boreas Gear Lost Coast 60 Backpack is an internal-frame backpack suitable for multi-day backpacking trips and adventure travel. With a lively color palette, the Lost Coast is a very comfortable, stylish, and streamlined technical backpack that will appeal to hikers who want one pack for backcountry adventure and more …

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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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Big Agnes Pitchpine 45 SL Sleeping Bag Review

The Big Agnes Pitchpine 45 SL is a hoodless warm weather sleeping bag.

The Big Agnes Pitchpine 45 SL is a lightweight hoodless sleeping bag that only weighs 20 ounces. Perfect for summer or lightweight backpacking, the Pitchpine is insulated with highly compressible 850 fill power Downtek treated down which is more resistant to moisture and faster drying than untreated down feathers. The Pitchpine 45 …

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MSR Nook 2 Person Tent

MSR Nook 2-Person Tent

The MSR Nook 2-person, double-walled tent is spacious and quite lightweight, weighing 3 pounds, 3.7 ounces. With a built-in vestibule, it is suitable for 3+ season camping and backpacking with a built-in front vestibule to store gear, ample tie-downs to improve stability in high winds, and well-sized side vents to improve …

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Sierra Designs Flashlight 1 UL Tent Review

New Gear Vestibule (open)

The new updated version of the Flashlight 1 UL is now available commercially and significant improvements have been made to the ventilation, which is now on par with that found in many single wall ultralight tents. In addition to shaving the weight of the tent, Sierra Designs refactored the big side vestibule and replaced …

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