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Black Diamond Cosmo

Bright enough for night hiking. Could use some padding against the forehead. REI recently put this on sale, and I snagged one because my old Black Diamond kept… Full Review »

MSR WhisperLite Internationale

The only reason this isn't a 5-star review is because of the weight of this item compared to other stoves. But, I've used this same stove for 16 years. It has seen… Full Review »

Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2

For the backpacker who can afford to purchase an ultralight tent and who doesn’t mind compromising on space (and therefore also a measure of comfort), the Mountain… Full Review »

Western Mountaineering HighLite

This super-lightweight, amazingly compressible, down sleeping bag rated 35 degrees is my go-to bag for just about all of my backpacking trips. While rated at 35… Full Review »

LightHeart Gear SoLong 6

For the weight, this extra-large, one-person tent is HUGE! It is easy to learn how to pitch this tent in under three minutes using your hiking poles and six stakes. Full Review »

Spyderco Manix 2

Great folding alternative for a camping / hiking knife. High quality steel, a handle that is comfortable in size, and easy to grip, dry or wet, but not too much… Full Review »

Big Agnes Q-Core

This is hands down the most comfortable sleeping pad I have ever bought! With that is not the one I currently use due to its weight. Big Agnes Pump sack:… Full Review »

Adidas Women's Terrex Swift R GTX

Feet stayed dry! Stomping through puddles and mud and snow, socks dry as a bone! I am wowed by these trail shoes in more ways than one. Adidas shoes in very bright… Full Review »

MSR PocketRocket

The MSR PocketRocket is a staple in my backpack for all my trail hikes and overnights. MSR engineers have done their homework on this little marvel making it super… Full Review »

GSI Outdoors Infinity Stacking Cup

This is the best backpacking cup! It is lightweight and cheap, and it can hook to my pack by the handle, so it's there if I need it. Hot coffee on a chilly morning… Full Review »

Kelty Noah's Tarp 12

The Kelty Noah 12 is a great tarp for two hammocks or a lot of room for one. It's roomy and can hold its own in a downpour and keeps you dry when the rain sets… Full Review »

Open Country 2 Quart Non-Stick Kettle

This is a big, light pot with a non-stick surface. It comes with a lid. Has a great bail that snaps into three positions. This is a big 2 quart pot.  Even though… Full Review »

NEMO Cosmo Insulated 30XL

Super comfortable. No pain in the morning after sleeping on it. Takes only 3-5 minutes to fill and less to drain it of air. Nice and big surface area with this… Full Review »

Miir Bottles Howler

This double-insulated, 18/8 medical grade stainless steel growler (Miir describes its 64 oz. model as a growler and 32 oz. as howler, but it's the same construction)… Full Review »

Survivor Filter PRO

With the industry highest level of filtration at 0.01 micron, fast pumping action, and three-step replaceable filters this lightweight and compact filter is all… Full Review »

Marmot Men's PreCip Pant

Great for hiking, backpacking, any wet or chilly to cold weather. Summary - These are my go-to rain protection pants when hiking and backpacking. The full length… Full Review »

Marmot Men's PreCip Jacket

Good mountain rain shell. Lightweight, with pit zips. Summary - This is my primary rain protection for spring/summer/fall backpacking and camping trips. It has… Full Review »

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0

For the price, this tent is excellent. Easy to set up and pretty reliable when staked and guyed well, this is a great budget or beginner's tent. I have used this… Full Review »


A self-adhesive blister prevention/treatment that also works for calluses and corns. More expensive than Moleskin for blister prevention, but about as good as it… Full Review »

Hilleberg Staika

Best winter alpine tent for my needs, used since 2005. Setup: Easy, in good weather once poles are erected, open doors to easier reach for center top clips. Stability:… Full Review »

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