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BioLite PowerLight Mini

Conclusions: The BioLite Powerlight Mini provides reasonable light for use around camp, with the additional benefit of recharge capacity for a cell phone, inReach,… Full Review »

Moss Tents Starlet (Three-Season)

Beautiful, technically satisfying, sadly no longer made. Just wanted to include my review of this no-longer-obtainable tent so as to post pictures. Okay, also to… Full Review »

Western Mountaineering AlpinLite

Great lightweight three-season bag. I bought this bag after taking a nice 30 degree bag on the John Muir Trail in mid-September. We hit some cold weather with nights… Full Review »

Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest

Ultralight, tough, surprisingly comfortable and versatile pack. A real winner. I've always had pretty high-tech backpacks. My original internal frame backpack was… Full Review »

Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem

This has been my secret to sustained energy and endurance on very long hikes and bike rides. It has everything you need to not "hit the wall" in your last mile! Full Review »

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 »

Naturehike Egg Crate Style Anti-Moisture Pad

This is the NatureHike brand CCF sleeping pad that is comparable to the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol, complete with the aluminum coating on one side. At only $16.83,… 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 »

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Max SV

It's comfortable, but you're going to have to learn how to work the finicky speed valve or you'll be re-inflating in the middle of the night. I'll avoid the debate… 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 »

Black Diamond Men's Access Hybrid Hoody

An insulated jacket with a good amount of breathability and stretch for cold weather climbing. After years of discomfort while cold weather climbing, I made it… Full Review »

Pacerpole 3-Section Alloy

I've always thought the handles on my trekking poles should be angled forward to better match the natural position of my hands and to better simulate a hand railing. 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 »

Tarptent Rainbow

Lightweight and roomy with an easy setup. The TarpTent Rainbow is my most recent gear purchase. I read dozens of reviews on multiple tents/tarps, and did some… 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 »

Marmot Men's PreCip Jacket

Inexpensive shell jacket that does a decent job of blocking wind and rain. Durability is average. Breathability is better than average. Value is hard to beat. I'm… Full Review »

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