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Vermont Smoke and Cure Real Sticks

A healthy, responsible product from a cool company that, with a little tweaking could be great Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni I admit that I dearly love pepperoni,… Full Review »

Montane Dragon 20

A well-built and lightweight pack for ultrarunning and fast packing, big enough to carry layers, emergency gear, and food for long mountain runs in mixed weather,… Full Review »

Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo

VERY roomy, lightweight two-person tent. I've had this tent for about a year now, and I'm very happy with it. I previously had a Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 3,… Full Review »

Tick Key The Tick Key

This product is great way to remove ticks if prevention falls. It is painless and helps reduce disease transmission by reducing the chance a tick will regurgitate. Full Review »

Sorel Conquest

These boots are warm, waterproof, and comfortable. There's little to no breaking-in required, and they feel very light on your feet. Between the laces and Achilles… Full Review »

Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow

A lot of backpackers look at pillows as luxury items and leave them behind because they are too heavy or bulky. The new Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow is definitely… Full Review »

Optimus Sparky

This little igniter works great to light my alcohol stoves. The recommended approach is to dip it in the alcohol, lift about six inches while holding it down, and… Full Review »

Backpacker's Pantry Cheddar Cheese Spread

It's not bad if you've had MRE's before. I've eaten enough MRE's in my last job to know that this stuff actually isn't that bad. It's saved a meal or two because… Full Review »

Osprey Talon 44

Great transitional bag! I'm 5'11" with a slender build @ 162 lbs. I bought the bag at the beginning of the 2014 spring season with the intent of doing lightweight… Full Review »

GoLite Jam 50L

Solid entry into backpacking with less weight, more miles and more fun. If you're wanting to go lighter but aren't ready to commit lots of money to a specialized… Full Review »

REI Men's Sahara Convertible Pants

Lightweight convertible pants, good range of sizes, held up well in my case. In contrast to Bill H.'s experience, these held up well for me over 25 days on the… Full Review »

Berghaus Expedition Light 80

The Berghaus Expedition Light 80 is a large capacity pack with a lightweight design. It has a surprisingly supportive suspension system which provides comfort in… Full Review »

Columbia Watertight Jacket

This is a solid jacket for wet conditions, but it still has room for improvement. I like the way it compacts into its built in stuff sack and fits a little big… Full Review »


The AquaClip is a clever gadget that I recommend for those using Platypus-style water bottles. While the Ultralightest may cringe at the added 11 grams, this hiker… Full Review »

ExOfficio Men's Dryfly Flex Shirt

When the sun is shining bright, this shirt shines even brighter. With its mesh-lined vertical back vents, UPF 30 and quick-drying and moisture wicking properties,… Full Review »

REI Relax Air Bed

Easy to use, durable, comfortable, just a tad expensive. I bought this for my wife and me while car camping. We have two Big Agnes Q-Core pads that we have been… Full Review »

MPowerd Luci

This small, inflatable, solar powered light is fairly quick to charge and provides hours of light for your campsite or tent. While deflated, it can be strapped… Full Review »

Podsacs Waste Management System L

A dry bag with little features that make it ideal for carrying out both synthetic and human waste from the wilderness. Perfect organizational tool for managing… Full Review »

Black Diamond Raven

How much can you say about an ice axe? This is not the lightest axe or strongest axe, but it's the best general mountaineering axe on the market. It does its job. Full Review »

LuminAID Lantern

A basic, functional solar-powered lantern at an affordable price-point. The simple design allows for a wide-range of uses and abuses. A prime selling point is LuminAID's… Full Review »

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