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WhisperLite Universal

rated 4 of 5 stars 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 and I am weight conscience, but this thing has never failed me. Take care of your gear and it will last you forever. Full review

Hubba NX

rated 4 of 5 stars The setup and take-down is very quick. It fits into small awkward tent sites and although seemingly made of light material I found it very sturdy. It is best for 3-season use, although with a couple of mods it can work well in 3 and 1/2 seasons. I have no major issues with this tent and would recommend it. I have always liked this solo tent from its inception years ago, but there were deal breakers. It was too narrow. had too much mesh and had no guy-out points along the main pole. The new 'NX'… Full review


rated 4 of 5 stars Easy to use, lightweight burner stove. I've had a liquid fuel stove for years (MSR SimmerLite), but wanted something more compact and lighter for when I solo backpack or for short overnights with another person. The burner is small and compact. It fits into my cook set, taking up less space in my pack. Easy to light and control the amount of flame form the burner. Connection to fuel canister is easy.  One downside is the wasted fuel canister when the fuel is spent. But you can always scrap the… Full review


rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great little shoe in firm snow, not just for kids. These shoes are sold as youth snowshoes, but they perform very nicely for adults looking for light shoes in firm snow conditions (think spring in the Rockies). MSR lists these shoes as fitting youth up to 125 lbs and up to a Men's size 7. I took a bit of a gamble and ordered up pair as I was looking for a lightweight shoe (but still wanted good traction) for spring trips where you often carry your snowshoes more than wear them, but when you need… Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars My favorite piece of equipment! I'm on my second MSR PR, but the other one was used and abused and held up long past what I expected. I carry a small neoprene pad for under the canister when it's below 10° F. Full-on for boiling water is its strength. However, flame control is great—I have a small titanium pan for cooking quesadillas and vegeburgers. (A little bit of olive oil keeps the food from sticking and burning directly over the flame.) Does okay in the wind and altitude, I've used it at… Full review

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Origami Stove, Rocket Snowshoes, Toasty Rain Coats: OR Day 1
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Outdoor Retailer Demo Day: A Winter Wonderland of Gear
Outdoor Retailer's Demo Day was packed with winter gear, including a hybrid touring snowshoe/ski, a ski for your fat bike, and new shovels from MSR. Read more
January 22, 2014

Trailspace Top Ten: Your Best Outdoor Gear
For Trailspace's Best Outdoor Gear List, we turned to you, our community members. We've compiled one ultimate gear list from your 24,000 reviews, featuring your best shelter, sleeping bag, stove, water treatment, multi-tool, light, navigation, trekking poles, backpack, and food and drink. Read more
December 5, 2012

Lah wins Sierra Designs tent and MSR stakes!
Congratulations, Lah! You've won a Sierra Designs tent and MSR carbon stakes for your review of your VauDe Snow Cloud sleeping bag. Read more
July 30, 2012

Outdoor Retailer: Backcountry Camp Gear Preview
From stoves to shelters to headlamps, new equipment promises to make your backcountry campsite warmer, lighter, safer, and more comfortable. Here are a few highlights that make their debuts at Outdoor Retailer next week. Read more
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