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REI Flash 45 Backpack Review

The Flash 45 has two tiers of compression, both diagonal to help pull the load closer to your center of gravity

The REI Flash 45 is a lightweight backpack with an adjustable, ventilated frame that’s perfect for weekend backpacking trips or more technical day hikes. Weighing just 2 lbs 14 oz in a size L, (a women’s specific version is also available) it’s …

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Platypus Tokul XC 8 Hydration Pack Review

Rear stretch pocket provides ample space for your helmet or extra layers

The Platypus Tokul XC 8 Hydration Pack is a great water and load hauler for off-road gravel riding and mountain biking. While it can be used for multiple sports, it’s optimized for cyclists who prefer a hydration pack over water bottles and …

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Climbing the Madison Gulf and Buttress Trails

The Madison Gulf Trail climbs the the Mt Madison headwall from the Great Gulf

The Madison Gulf Trail is the hardest route up to Mt Madison in the White Mountain’s Northern Presidential Range. It ascends a narrow but very steep ravine ending at an alpine tarn known as Star Lake. It’s a magnificent trail, but seldom …

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