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Hummingbird Hammocks Tree Straps

Ultralight hammock suspension system for the weight conscious backpacker. I had been looking into ultralight hammocks and ran across Hummingbird Hammocks who manufactures… Full Review »

Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow

Thick, light, non-slip, and the best I've found. I've had five or six backpacking pillows and have tried using rolled up clothing. Each of these had problems. Rolled… Full Review »

ZPacks Pillow Dry Bag

You can have a great night’s sleep with the ZPacks Pillow Dry Bag. Use it as a stuff sack and an added layer of protection for your sleeping bag during the day. Full Review »

Fishpond Drifter Boat Cooler

This is a good quality semi-soft cooler that is large enough to fit enough food and drinks for a weekend kayak or canoe trip. The molded bottom is rigid enough… Full Review »

Salomon Men's Quest 4D GTX

This is a very good boot for day hiking and/or backpacking up to 30 to 40 pounds. There are a few problems, but I have a work around that should help everyone. Full Review »

Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock

A great deal on a decent lightweight hammock. After enjoying a post-hike hang in a buddy's hammock my last time out, I'd been thinking of getting a lightweight… Full Review »

Merrell Men's Moab Waterproof

Super comfort and truly waterproof. These shoes live up to their promise of being waterproof, while delivering the comfort and long-term wear you can expect from… Full Review »

Chaco Men's Zong

Think of these as a major upgrade over high-end flip flops. The same straps as Chaco's Z-2 sandal, without the heel strap, so these are easier to put on and take… Full Review »

Impex Kayak Montauk

A true sports car in the world of kayaks, the low-volume Impex Montauk is a classic amongst Greenland or British style boats. Even in the limited and more refined… Full Review »

Grand Trunk Single Parachute Nylon Hammock

A luxury item that is well worth the weight. After a night sleeping on a hard shelter floor I looked for alternatives and hammocks seemed like a good idea. Those… Full Review »

Sea to Summit Toaster Fleece Liner

The Sea to Summit Toaster fleece liner is a bit bulky and heavy but can be used in a few different ways. I ended up using it more as a summer bag and a bag cover… Full Review »

Mountain Hardwear Men's Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket

High warmth-to-weight, uber lightweight, packs small. This is a very nice, lightweight down jacket, perfect for throwing in a daypack or backpack for multi-day… Full Review »

Sierra Designs Flash 3

This is a high quality, long life, and satisfying investment. You want a tent for most of your camping life...this is it. NOTE: This review is for the FLASH 3 model. Full Review »

Oboz Sundog

A shoe that can do a lot! Just as able to be a light hiker as it is a trail runner, this lightweight shoe is as versatile as it is comfortable. With great ventilation… Full Review »

Ruff Wear K-9 Float Coat

When I was notified that we would be reviewing the Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat as Gear Brand Ambassadors for Backcountry K9, I was quite enthusiastic. Many others who… Full Review »

Astral Brewer

This is the first pair of lace-up, shoe style water shoes I have owned, and I admit, had I not won these, I probably would still be using slip-on neoprene cheapie-type… Full Review »

Mountain Hardwear Laminina Z Flame

If you can afford just one bag, and need a bag that "does most" — consider the Lamina/Lamina Z Flame. While this bag is not for gram-weenies, it is a great mid-range,… Full Review »

Patagonia Nine Trails Skirt

A quality garment suitable for multiple uses, particularly watersports. The undershorts have a permanent anti-microbial treatment that really does keep odors at… Full Review »

Homemade Alcohol Stove

A great cost-effective alternative that is functional, lightweight, and compact. You can also easily find the fuel source at just about any gas/service station… Full Review »

Justin Lichter Trail Tested: A Thru-Hiker's Insights Into Hiking and Backpacking

An informative read into a unique travel style. The book offers great tricks and insights to try out the next time you hit the trail. Justin's many miles of experience… Full Review »

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