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Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats

The Vargo Pocket Cleats are a front foot traction option for light hiking and running. I found that they are best for trail running on level terrain or for those… Full Review »

La Sportiva Men's Core High GTX

A light, all-fabric boot from one of the world's premier footwear makers, the La Sportiva Core High GTX competes well against similar offerings from the likes of… Full Review »

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2

A high-quality, lightweight, dependable performer. I've had this tent out about 40 times in a variety of weather and I couldn't be happier with its performance… Full Review »

Outdoor Research Bug Bivy

Very lightweight, delicate, and tight. Setup: If you wish to guy it out properly, it takes longer than most tents. A single fiberglass pole slides through the sleeve… Full Review »

Eddyline Sea Star

Solid kayak with a nice balance of volume, speed, and stability. Glad to see that these fine kayaks are still out there.  After trying various kayaks at Seattle's… Full Review »

Sea to Summit UltraLight Insulated Mat

Lightweight comfy pad, gives a great night's sleep. I was intrigued by Sea to Summit's new line of sleeping pads, so when the REI dividend and coupon came out,… Full Review »

Loki Men's Mountain Hoodie

Great ideas (built-in balaklava and mitts) and could be a game changer, but the quality is not there yet. I love the design of the hoodie. Adding a face mask and… Full Review »

Grivel G10

High quality, good fitting steel crampon; excess strap annoying. I use these for hiking and scrambling when there is enough slope that I need the grip. They hold… Full Review »

Old Town Dirigo 106

Great rec kayak for lakes and slow rivers, capable of light overnight trips. Have had this kayak almost three years. I've dragged it, banged it, shot over ice and… Full Review »

Oboz Teewinot Low

Oboz introduces a very capable hybrid that is part low trail shoe and part approach shoe. It is somewhat heavier and less cushioned than most trail running shoes—so… Full Review »

Kelty Trail Dome 4

This is a relatively spacious tent, easy to setup, below average fly design, a bit on the heavy side, but overall a decent quality. First of all, I bought this… Full Review »

Therm-a-Rest Slacker Single Hammock

Therm-a-Rest's Slacker Hammock is a an entry level addition to the mainstream appeal of hammock hanging. Available in single and double versions, the Slacker is… Full Review »

Jetboil Pot Support & Stabilizer

The Jetboil Pot Support is a useful accessory that adapts a Jetboil stove for a full range of cooking options using various pots and pans. When combined with the… Full Review »

Eddyline Sea Star

Amazing kayak. Very well built and designed. Its long water line gives it speed and allows it to track well. Moderate to high-volume boat which can be used on anything… Full Review »

Therm-a-Rest Men's Trail Lite

At 1lb 11oz, it's not the lightest but does a fine job for 3-seasons. I've been using the Trail Lite for two years now and I've always been pleased with it. Knowing… Full Review »

Petzl Ascension

This is a great ascender. This is my favorite handled ascender.  I own three of them. One is retired, and has over 150,000' of rope work on it. The teeth were… Full Review »

Petzl Unisex Fractio

This is a tough harness and it will last a long time. I have used this harness for about 2-3 years now for cave exploration. Before that it was owned by one of… Full Review »

REI Thaw Bivy

An older bivy with some versatile features that I haven't seen in others. Setup: Since there are no poles or stake out points, you just throw the bag on the ground… Full Review »

Hilleberg Enan

The Enan is a lightweight and versatile 3-4 season solo shelter that does not skimp on quality or design features. Ventilation control, a sizeable vestibule, and… Full Review »

The North Face Tadpole 2

I will be keeping this tent for awhile I imagine. This tent is the jam. An honest 2-person tent that provides good room for 2 average sized adults. My 5'10" body… Full Review »

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