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G4Free Folding Camping Chair

rated 4 of 5 stars This chair is a great value alternative to the Helinox Chair One with an almost identical design. The chair height is just high enough to allow you to stand up easily. I prefer this chair over my Alite Mantis Chair! When I received this chair I was currently rocking an Alite Designs Mantis chair on the trail. I have to admit that I was a little underwhelmed with the basic design and didn't have very high expectations for it. This chair goes up quickly thanks to the bungee pole system that most modern… Full review

Sunwayman D20A Gemini

rated 1 of 5 stars A tea cup is more durable than this flashlight! I bought this flashlight because of nice design. Unfortunately I did not have a chance to use it outdoor to describe parameters such as range, brightness etc. Item was super fragile! Mine broke after falling from 30 centimeters. I'm the owner tens of flashlights from Fenix, olight, and also no-name Chinese manufacturers, but never had problem regarding durability. Battery compartment cover of this flashlight is fixed using two tiny screws and it… Full review

InstaPark Mercury 10 Solar Panel Charger

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Quality charger, but somewhat heavy. Charger looks solid, charges very fast. Problem is that for me it is a little bit heavy for backpacking (about 0.5 kg) and too expensive. It can be attached to a backpack, but I think it will be not comfortable when you have a tent and sleeping pad already attached.  In the future I most probably will give a chance to another more lightweight options, which are many in the market. Full review

Atak Outdoor Lighted Tent Stakes

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Okay, I admit...lighted tent stakes are a bit silly. But for those of us who are nocturnally visually challenged, they are an easy technique to avoid tripping over tent lines, rocks, or stumps during dark hours. They also provide a nice little glowing ambiance to the tent site! I had seen lighted tent stakes in an outdoors magazine, and thought it was kind of a neat idea…but did not want to invest too much money, since I was not sure how much I would actually use them, nor how long they would… Full review

Sony a5000

rated 5 of 5 stars Great camera for backpacking! Not much heavier than my point-and-shoot, but takes pictures like an SLR. First, let me say I am not a camera-geek so if you have technical questions, you will need to look them up on the Sony website. I just love backpacking and was looking to upgrade my pictures. I got the Sony a5000 on Black Friday sale last year, as an upgrade to my point-and-shoot Nikon. I wanted the ability to do more with my pictures than I was able to with my simple camera, without hauling around… Full review

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