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Lightweight Sleeping Pad Chair Kits

Lightweight Sleeping Pad Chair Kits

While camping chairs are getting lighter and lighter weight every year, you really can’t beat a sleeping pad chair kit when it comes to lightweight seating on a backpacking trip. These kits transform inflatable sleeping pads into comfortable and insulated chairs, so you can sit up and read, eat, or …

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Osprey Renn 50 Women’s Backpack Review

Osprey Renn 50 Backpack Review

The Osprey Renn 50 is a women’s-specific multi-day backpack with an adjustable and ventilated frame. Weighing just 3.31 pounds (53 oz), it’s lightweight, comfortable, and easy-to-use with plenty of pockets to stay organized. Priced at $155, it’s also surprisingly affordable considering how fully featured it is. If you’re on the …

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How to Prevent Broken Trekking Poles

How to Prevent Broken Trekking Poles

I’ve been breaking trekking (hiking) poles since I started using them. Aluminum or carbon fiber, it doesn’t matter. The same with three-piece, two-piece, and one piece poles, and twist lock or flick-lock style poles. I used to break a pole every 6 months, on average, usually by catching the lowest …

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Montane Atomic Rain Pants Review

Montane Atomic Rain Pants Review

Montane’s Atomic Rain Pants are lightweight waterproof/breathable rain pants with thigh-high side zippers for easy ventilation and temperature regulation. They’re ideal for spring, autumn, and winter hiking in highly variable temperature conditions when you need rain protection for your legs, but cool temperatures can chill you unless you can vent …

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Fire Maple Fixed Star FMS-X1 Canister Stove System Review

Fire Maple Fixed Star FMS-X1 Stove Review

The Fire Maple Fixed Star FMS-X1 Canister Stove System is a complete camping stove cooking system  that includes an insulated anodized aluminum cook pot, plastic cup, and canister stove, with a fuel control knob and piezo igniter. The cook pot is 1.5L in size and comes with a neoprene sleeve, …

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