Vintage Backpacking Gear

GoLite Tumalo Rain Pants Review

Golite Tumulo Rain Pants

I’ve owned a pair of Golite Tumalo Rain Pants for over a year and use them for 3 season hiking because they’re so lightweight and such a great deal ($50/pair). I got to use them for nearly 6 days of continuous drizzle, rain, wind, snow, sleet, and hail in Scotland …

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Sierra Designs Capiz DriDown Jacket

Sierra Designs DriDown Cirro Jacket

Designed for active cold weather sports, the Capiz Jacket is part of a new line of DriDown apparel that will be available from Sierra Designs in Fall 2013. Having worn the Capiz almost every day since mid-February, I’m excited that Sierra Designs is starting to use DriDown for more technical …

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Marmot DriClime Catalyst Jacket

I got turned onto the Marmot DriClime Catalyst Jacket  when I was winter backpacking in the White Mountains. Several very experienced hikers on our trip had the DriClime Catalyst and they raved about it. Whenever you carry a backpack in winter, sweat accumulates on your back under your pack. What …

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Therm-a-Rest Haven Sleeping Bag

Therm-a-rest Haven - Top View

The Therm-a-Rest Haven is a special type of sleeping bag that doesn’t have any back insulation. Called a Top Bag, all of the insulation in the Haven is located on top of your body and along the sides, because insulation and fabric you lie on can’t retain warm air and is just …

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