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New Sleeping Pad R-Value Standard FAQ: ASTM FF3340

R-Value Testing at Therm-a-Rest - Photo courtesy of Therm-a-rest

A New Outdoor Industry Standard ASTM International passed a new R-Value Sleeping Pad Standard (FF3340-18) last month that will be rolled out to consumers in 2020. It defines a rigorous and reliable methodology for measuring the R-Value of all sleeping pads, including air mattresses, self-inflating pads, and foam pads. I …

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10 Best Winter Backpacking Tents of 2018-2019

10 Best Winter Backpacking Tents

Winter backpacking tents need to be a good deal stronger than regular three season tents if you are camping in exposed windy terrain that is subject to heavy snow loads. The strongest and most wind resistant tents are wedge or dome-shaped and freestanding, so they are completely sell supporting. You still …

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Hults Bruk Bjork Splitting Axe Review

Hults Bruk Bjorn Splitting Axe Review

The Hults Bruk Bjork Splitting Axe is a lightweight axe with a 30″ long handle that’s good for splitting soft woods or dry wood with a straight grain. It’s perfectly good for around the house and splitting seasoned wood, but doesn’t cut it for splitting freshly cut green wood or …

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Ice Axe Insulation Hack for the CAMP Corsa

Remove the masking tape to reveal the insulated axe.

The CAMP Corsa Ice Axe (8.8 oz) is the lightest weight walking ice axe available today, which explains its popularity with thru-hikers, ultralight backpackers, and ski mountaineers. It’s a straight-shafted walking axe designed to stop uncontrolled slides down snow and ice covered slopes, as opposed to a curved and shorter …

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Book Review: The Hidden Tracks by Cam Honan

The Hidden Tracks by Cam Honan

I’ve never met Cam Honan in person, but I think we’d hit it off if our paths ever do cross. He’s an exceptionally well-travelled backpacker who’s walked across 56 countries and 6 continents, he can write well, and he visits a lot of off the beaten track places, which is probably …

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