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Outdoor Vitals Skyline 30 Backpack Review

Outdoor Vitals Skyline 30 Backpack Review

While the Outdoor Vitals Skyline 30 Backpack is primarily designed for fastpacking, it makes an awesome daypack for hikers who prefer walking over running. Its vest-style shoulder harness distributes the load across your chest and back for a more comfortable carry. Numerous …

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Understanding Backpack Volume: A Guide to Sizing

Hiking Daypack and Backpack Volume Guide

How much backpack volume do you need for hikes or backpacking trips that last a day, a weekend, a week, or even longer? daypack (1/2-1 day) weekend backpacks (1-3 days) weeklong backpacks (3-7 days), expedition backpacks (more than a week) Here are …

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Trekking Pole Tents: Pros and Cons

Trekking Poles Tents Pros and Cons

Trekking pole tents use hiking poles for setup instead of tent poles as a weight-saving measure for backpackers. They’re also a good example of how to use the same backpacking gear in multiple ways, one of the core principles of gear weight …

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Black Diamond Beta Lite 45 Backpack Review

Black Diamond Beta Lite 45 Backpack Review

The Black Diamond Beta Lite 45 is an ultralight rolltop backpack with vest-style shoulder straps inspired by running packs. Weighing 31.2 oz, it’s made with an ultralight fabric called Ultra 200 and Ultra 400 and seam-taped internally, making it effectively waterproof. It’s …

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