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Princeton Tec Apex

This headlamp is a good buy. It works very well for night hiking and navigation. The spot beam is useful for route finding, and the flood is very nice. The spot… Full Review »

Oboz Sundog

A shoe that can do a lot! Just as able to be a light hiker as it is a trail runner, this lightweight shoe is as versatile as it is comfortable. With great ventilation… Full Review »

Black Diamond Ahwahnee Ground Cloth

A nice, light, durable ground cloth. Sadly, I am too good at leaving these hanging to dry when I head down the road on my bike. :P Not much to say about a ground… Full Review »

Hi-Tec Altitude Trek Low

An advertised high end trekking shoe that just does not cut the mustard. I had to replace my HI-TEC V-lite Buxton Low shoes as they had worn out after over three… Full Review »

Coleman Sportster Dual Fuel II

Amazing gem and indestructible/reliable. A backpacking asset despite being less than ultralight. Four point five stars. Have used this for a decade, and really… Full Review »

REI Unisex AirRail 1.5 Self-Inflating Pad

A decent idea that in practice didn't work for me. The Air Rails only help to keep you on the mat if you have it at close to full inflation, which I never do for… Full Review »

Moss Tents Tent

I have owned this tent for about 35 years. Bought it a L.L. Bean. Always was there when needed. Good camp tent for canoe trips. This last trip to the St. Croix,… Full Review »

Sierra Designs Light Year 1

I love the ease of this tent to set up. I'm a single woman with arthritic hands, and this tent makes setup a snap. I have an older SD Light Year 1 tent. It was… Full Review »

Northwest Territory Vacation Home 10-Person Tent 14' x 14'

Bought this used at a garage sale, and re-waterproofed using Star Bright PTFE and seam sealer. Some of the side clips need replacing, but remains water tight without… Full Review »

Limmer Men's Light-Weight

Very comfortable. Feels light while still being supportive. Great customer service. Good for backpacking for lighter people with moderate loads (~40-60 pounds). Full Review »

Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker

I bought the previous model with only one door when it was on sale. Held up wonderfully in heavy rain. It pitches with trekking poles and does not require guy lines. Full Review »

Therm-a-Rest Saros

I got this bag for an AT section hike. It was very comfortable at first and worked well with the Therm-a-Rest Prolite Plus. I did find it irritating that the bag… Full Review »

Optimus Sliding Long Spoon

Keeps your finger and knuckles clean when stirring and reaching into freeze dried food pouches. I just used this spoon for the first time on a three-day trek in… Full Review »

Ruff Wear K-9 Float Coat

When I was notified that we would be reviewing the Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat as Gear Brand Ambassadors for Backcountry K9, I was quite enthusiastic. Many others who… Full Review »

Astral Brewer

This is the first pair of lace-up, shoe style water shoes I have owned, and I admit, had I not won these, I probably would still be using slip-on neoprene cheapie-type… Full Review »

Mountain Hardwear Laminina Z Flame

If you can afford just one bag, and need a bag that "does most" — consider the Lamina/Lamina Z Flame. While this bag is not for gram-weenies, it is a great mid-range,… Full Review »

Danner Men's Light II

Not what I expected. I normally buy the Radical but decided to cough up the big $$$ this time. Bad decision. I wore these boots for two weeks at work and my feet… Full Review »

Salewa Men's Alp Trainer Mid GTX

Comfortable. I wear a 13 wide in most boots and these 13 mediums are snug, but comfy. I put about 5 miles on them the first day out and it rained. My feet stayed… Full Review »

MSR WhisperLite Universal

Had it forever, still stands the test of time, always lights. When this came out it was the staple in backpacking stoves. I know there have been exciting innovations… Full Review »

Sea to Summit Escapist Ultra-Mesh Bug Tent

Really wanted to love the large tarp + bug tent combo. Gave it 14 nights on the Tahoe Rim Trail — meadows, ridges, trees, granite, mud, wind, and rain. Sheds… Full Review »

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