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Platypus Hydration Bladders

A 2.5 liter Platypus Reservoir weighs 1.2 ounces

I am a big fan of Platypus hydration bladders and I normally carry a 3L reservoir with me when I’m backpacking. Platypus bladders are different from Camelback reservoir, which I have used in the past, because they have a much smaller opening screw top openings. This is important when you are …

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Black Diamond Trail Hiking Poles

About 3 months ago, I lost my favorite hiking poles and had to replace them. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my old poles anymore. I got them a few years ago at Sierra Trading Post and I don’t think they’re available in this country. My old poles were 130cm, 1-piece carbon …

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Kelty Triptease Lightline (50 feet) Review

In early November I was hiking the Long Trail in Vermont, trying to eke out one last weekend section hike before the weather got colder. At this time of year it gets pitch black at 5:00 pm. I finished eating dinner just as the sun went down and then set …

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Gossamer Gear – NightLight Sleeping Pad

Gossamer Gear is a leader in the ultralight hiking community. They specialize in ultralight backpacks, but they also sell other accessories which can save you a lot of weight. The NightLight Sleeping Pad, in the 29″ size, only costs $18 and weighs 2.4 oz. The NightLight has an egg shell-like …

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Six Moons Lunar Solo and Tarptent Squall 2

Well Ventilated Vestibule of a Tarptent Squall 2

There are two main differences between a tarp tent and a conventional tent: rain flies and ventilation. Tarp tents, like tarps, (hence the name) are really just single walled tents. They don’t have rain flies and I’ve never been in a situation where the absence of a rain fly has …

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