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DIY Wet Ribs – Three Sample Projects

Mystery Ranch Wet Rib

A wet rib is a high volume accessory pocket that hangs from your backpack’s shoulder straps, below the padded part, in front of your ribcage. It’s super handy for carrying extra hiking gear, like a map, compass, gps, extra gloves, or hats, especially in winter, because it doesn’t interfere with …

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Firm Grip Blizzard Insulated Gloves Review

Firm Grip Blizzard Gloves Review

If you’re a hiker and you work outdoors, even if it’s just around the house, you know that you can buy perfectly good winter hats and gloves at Home Depot, Lowes, or Amazon that cost a fraction of the gloves you can buy at REI. For example, these insulated Firm …

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10 Best Backpacking Rain Jackets of 2019

10 Best Backpacking Rain Jackets

You don’t need to buy an expensive rain jacket for hiking and backpacking because an inexpensive one will work just as well as one costing an arm and a leg. In fact, most backpackers use rain jackets that cost $100 or less for just this reason. While outdoor clothing manufacturers …

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Atlas Serrate Snowshoes Review

Atlas’ Serrate Snowshoes are teardrop-shaped, nylon-decked snowshoes with crampons and a heel lift designed for hiking and snowshoeing in mountainous terrain. They have a simple-to-use binding system that’s compatible with virtually any kind of winter boot or shoe, but runs a little on the bulky side when strapped to a …

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The North Face Tech Glacier 1/4 Zip Fleece Review

The North Face Tech Glacier Quarter Zip Fleece Review

The North Face Tech Glacier 1/4 Zip Fleece Sweater is one of the most popular fleece garments ever made. It’s been one of the North Face’s most popular items for years, but it’s also a very respectable fleece pullover than can be used year-round for serious hiking and backpacking. Fleece 101 …

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