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Outdoor Research Clairvoyant Jacket

Overall, I LOVE this coat! It's a soft, attractive, great layer piece. But the coat has a design issue that can work against its purpose, which I will explain below. Full Review »

GoLite Jam 70L

A very well designed, ultralight frameless pack at an affordable price. Since reducing my base load weight to under 20 pounds (including a 5 lb. CPAP), I decided… Full Review »

GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel

Although I'm not an energy gel enthusiast, these gels did a fine job at giving me a little boost when needed. The flavors were pleasing and the texture was thick,… Full Review »

Leatherman Style PS

At 1.6 oz, the Style PS is an ultralight multi-tool that has EVERYTHING a hiker could want…except a knife blade. (Oops!) Let me start with a story… I am in… Full Review »

Klymit Motion 60

The Motion 60 is a lightweight, large capacity backpack built around the Airbeam Framesheet, that Klymit has become famous for. Its best features are the cavernous… Full Review »

MSR Alpine Folding Spatula

Light and reliable, this folding spatula works well for flipping eggs and pancakes and can also be used to stir soups and fluids. For reasons of weight and time,… Full Review »

Black Diamond ATC-Guide

Besides being quite lightweight, the ATC-Guide is a very nice evolution from the ATC. The ability to belay directly off of the anchors is so great that you will… Full Review »

MSR WindPro

This is the most stable and easily operated stove I have used. While limited to summer use, it puts out plenty of heat and seems bullet proof. I have used both… Full Review »

Morakniv Companion F Rescue

Another great, inexpensive knife from Morakniv. I purchased this knife to go into my car as a safety/rescue tool. With its blunt tip and razor sharp serrated edge,… Full Review »

MSR Alpine Folding Spoon

Nice idea, but too flexible for stirring big pots full of thick oatmeal or one-pot stews. Maybe better when cooking smaller amounts for 2-4 people. Recommended,… Full Review »

GSI Compact Scraper

The backcountry tool you never knew you needed. Scrape clean bowls and pots before washing. Worth 10 times its weight in recovered calories alone. I stumbled across… Full Review »

Evernew Ti Alcohol Stove

This stove does not put itself at the top of the alcohol burner class unless you combine it with the Evernew Titanium wind stand. It does not have a screw cap,… Full Review »

Evernew Ti DX Set With Stove

One has to experiment with setting it up with both the base and windscreen, just the base, and just the windscreen to get the best of all possible worlds. (This… Full Review »

NiteCore SRT7 Revenger

The SRT7 is a 1x18650, 2xCR123A/RCR model that is distinguished by several additional features, including multi-color secondary LEDs. I believe it is also the first… Full Review »

Five Ten Stonelands Slipper

A great, comfortable, yet stiff slipper. Great for cracks and slabs! Not for overhangs. Back story: Well, my La Sportiva Barracudas finally bit the dust. I searched… Full Review »

Mountain Hardwear Pinole 20°

Great bag for the budget backpacker. Compresses well for a 20deg synthetic, and keeps me warm down to rated temp! My son and I needed a couple of packable, cold… Full Review »

Fremont Knives Farson Blade

Super sharp edged unique blade for everything from chopping to skinning. The design for this survival blade came from a stone knife found near Farson, Wyoming,… Full Review »

Platypus Hoser

Great reservoir, no taste or smell, and no leaks. I've been a hiker for a while now and have always used a simple Nalgene bottle, but finally gave in and purchased… Full Review »

Vasque Men's Bitterroot GTX

Tough waterproof backpacking boots. These babies have accompanied me on safaris and Kili in Africa; all over India in Asia; and throughout America, including Alaska. Full Review »

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2P

The MSR Hubba Hubba NX is a great tent for bike touring. Sets up easily and takes down even easier. Holds up well in the rain and wind. I bought this tent for a… Full Review »

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