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Kelty Compression Stuff Sacks

rated 3 of 5 stars This review is for the EXTRA LARGE (11" x 22") compression sack. I admit it, I'm fairly cheap. Buying this stuff sack was an effort to salvage…
photo: Kelty Compression Stuff Sacks
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Trailspace Trail Runner Cap

rated 5 of 5 stars I don't like wearing sunglasses when I hike — invariably they distort my vision. Since much of my hiking is in the bright Sierra sun, I need…
photo: Trailspace Trail Runner Cap
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Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars After test-driving the BA Fly Creek UL2, and not being satisfied that it was sufficiently free-standing, I tried the Copper Spur UL2 and was…
photo: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2
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Mountain Hardwear Drifter 3

rated 5 of 5 stars I am writing this to help other buyers. I was looking for a backcountry tent for me and my wife, and was willing to spend around $500 (CAN)…
photo: Mountain Hardwear Drifter 3
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Lowe Alpine Paradigm Pant

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These pants are made of LA's proprietary Stormweave Softshell Fabric, with a very soft brushed interior. It wicks/breathes voraciously, better…
photo: Lowe Alpine Paradigm Pant
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Asolo FSN 95 GTX

rated 3 of 5 stars I'm on my second pair of these and never had problems with delamination. However, I did replace the first pair after one year of use due to…
photo: Asolo Men's FSN 95 GTX
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MSR PocketRocket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Easy to use is a gross understatement. I had to break out my SVEA 123 last trip just to get a feeling for a stove that would take more than…
photo: MSR PocketRocket
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Katadyn Hiker

rated 5 of 5 stars I have used this water filter for about 4 years now. It has held up fairly well. Recently the intake valve broke and the company replaced the…
photo: Katadyn Hiker
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ACR ResQLink

rated 5 of 5 stars As a pilot and sailor I've used EPIRBs for many, many years.  Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) were introduced into the United States not too…
photo: ACR ResQLink
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Kelty Salida 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Just starting to get into backpacking and was looking for a good, sturdy, waterproof/resistant and lightweight tent for a reasonable price.
photo: Kelty Salida 2
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Keen Oregon PCT

rated 2 of 5 stars I bought these boots to use for backpacking only. After searching high and low for affordable comfort and support I chose the Oregons. The fit…
photo: Keen Men's Oregon PCT
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ZPacks HexaNet

rated 5 of 5 stars ZPacks Hexamid Solo TarpZPacks HexaNet Solo Bug Shelter It was not all that long ago when the thought of a fully enclosed bug net weighing two…
 
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Mystery Ranch Glacier

rated 5 of 5 stars Stunningly well made backpack — American made in an age of Chinese imitations, with the most flawless fit, finish, function and design of…
photo: Mystery Ranch Glacier
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Ozark Trail Hiker Dome

rated 5 of 5 stars I've had this tent for 7 years and it's never leaked once. In fact, I stumbled across this review section looking to replace the poles which…
 
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ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great tent over the years. Made Strong. Fits tall hikers and campers 6'4" easily makes a fit comfortably. Highly stable and fabulous. I LOVE…
photo: ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3
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GoLite Shangri-La 1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is an awesome minimalist shelter. At just over a pound, very compact, waterproof, and versatile, I don't think I could be more satisfied…
photo: GoLite Shangri-La 1
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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season

rated 4 of 5 stars Therm-a-Rest sleep systems include various combinations of insulation, pads, and pillows for different temperatures, climates, and activities.
photo: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season
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JanSport D2

rated 2 of 5 stars Overall feel of pack was cheap, the hip supports weren't bent at the same angles as each other and the the pack bag sewing and construction…
photo: JanSport D2
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Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek

rated 5 of 5 stars Having gotten on board the Vibram Five-Fingers train very much at the beginning, I have nearly two years' experience walking and running in…
photo: Vibram Men's FiveFingers KSO Trek
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars How many things do you own that always work as they're supposed to, and always have worked for more than 30 yrs?  Probably not too many. …
photo: Optimus Svea
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Hilleberg Soulo

rated 5 of 5 stars I often travel solo. There are many lightweight tents available but few that are truly four season tents. The Hilleberg Soulo is a tent for…
photo: Hilleberg Soulo
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ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3

rated 4 of 5 stars I've been needing a replacement for my 12+ yr old Sierra Designs Alpha tent. It has served me well but it's starting to deteriorate from 300+…
photo: ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3
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NEMO Tenshi

rated 5 of 5 stars I just got back from a successful climb on the West Ridge of Mt Hunter in Alaska. This route was beefy. I used the Tenshi during the 6 days…
photo: NEMO Tenshi
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Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover

rated 5 of 5 stars Very happy with this lightweight, relatively inexpensive warmth layer. It packs down small and tight, is a very pleasant pillow, and functions…
photo: Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Pullover
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White Box Stove

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I have used my whitebox stove now on my AT thruhike 150 miles and still ticking. It's a great stove to eliminate weight and just use for heating…
photo: White Box Stove
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Starbucks VIA Ready Brew

rated 5 of 5 stars I am a "one cup a day" guy, a good morning jolt is all I need. These little packets provide plenty of punch, and with its contents darn near…
photo: Starbucks VIA Ready Brew
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Starbucks VIA Ready Brew

rated 5 of 5 stars Fantastic!! This is instant coffee for coffee lovers. Actual strong coffee on the trail. I've tried many other instant coffees before and they…
photo: Starbucks VIA Ready Brew
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars Bought one in 1967 and it has never failed me. I had a love affair with MSR stoves when white gas got hard to find (see my review of the MSR…
photo: Optimus Svea
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Osprey Kestrel 38

rated 4 of 5 stars This is just about the perfect pack for me. As an archaeologist who does field survey walking and excavation in Asia, this pack has served my…
photo: Osprey Kestrel 38
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Marmot Helium MemBrain

rated 5 of 5 stars This thing is like a dream. Waterproof outside, breathable and comfortable inside. The MemBrain lining, although I'm not sure if it's worth…
photo: Marmot Helium MemBrain
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JanSport D2

rated 5 of 5 stars What a great pack! Purchased one as soon as I found out that JanSport was making them again.  I collect old JS packs and this bag is outstanding.
photo: JanSport D2
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Merrell Chameleon 3 Ventilator

rated 5 of 5 stars Wet, dry, hot , cold... doesn't matter.  Rocks, wet turf, tricky, slick... doesn't matter.  Long hike... doesn't matter.  These are the best…
photo: Merrell Chameleon 3 Ventilator
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GoLite Pinnacle

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I year and a half ago, I wanted to get into backpacking, but didn't want to spend a fortune on gear.  I also knew that since I was hoping to…
photo: GoLite Women's Pinnacle
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Feathered Friends 40 Below Pants

rated 5 of 5 stars Feathered Friends 40 Below Pants; true to their name. Feathered Friends 40 Below Pants are some of the best, if not the best, down insulated…
photo: Feathered Friends 40 Below Pants
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Mountain Hardwear Lamina 35°

rated 4 of 5 stars I love this bag. I also have another colder weather bag but just keep using this one.  If really colder and below the bag rating I use a liner.
photo: Mountain Hardwear Men's Lamina 35°
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Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym

rated 2 of 5 stars After hearing a number of people talk about Hennessy Hammocks, I decided to give one a try. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed in what…
photo: Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym
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Black Diamond Orbit

rated 4.5 of 5 stars BRILLIANT, yeah it is bright This is one of only a few luxuries I take and it is well worth the small room and tiny amount of weight. Yes, I…
photo: Black Diamond Orbit
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Asolo Synchro GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars My pet peeve is reading someone's negative review of a product only to find out that they didn't buy the correct product to begin with. This…
photo: Asolo Synchro GTX
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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a very good choice for my needs for MX (plated) dirt bike camping. Ultra light, with NeoAir stuff sack wt = 14-1/8oz Ultra small packed…
photo: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir
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Marmot Trestles 15

rated 5 of 5 stars This is actually a great bag.  I have had it now for 2 years and have used it extensively and it barely shows any wear.  I have used it in…
photo: Marmot Men's Trestles 15
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Brunton Restore

rated 4 of 5 stars The Brunton Restore harvests sunshine into a compact and lightweight solar-powered portable power supply that can be charged indoors or out.
photo: Brunton Restore
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Avalanche Wear Aegis Hooded Soft Shell

rated 2.5 of 5 stars After a year it's a sponge. I UPDATED THIS REVIEW AFTER A YEAR OF OWNERSHIP. UPDATES ARE IN BOLD I got this on clearance at Big 5 for $35 Retail.
 
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Tentipi Safir 7 CP

rated 4 of 5 stars The Tentipi Safir 7 in cotton-poly blended fabric from Sweden. There is a smaller Safir 5 & larger 9 and the tents also come in a lightweight…
 
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Marmot Yukon Parka

rated 2 of 5 stars I live in Chicago where temps can drop below zero in the winter and the wind off the lake can be a killer. My old parka was starting to fall…
photo: Marmot Men's Yukon Parka
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MSR Groundhog Tent Stake

rated 5 of 5 stars These are as good as it gets in the Y-stake department. They are sufficiently light considering their legendary strength. The cord-loops make…
photo: MSR Groundhog Tent Stake
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Lowa Renegade GTX Mid

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Boot Survey: Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Evan Morkel (M.A. [Environmental Science], Union Internationale Des Associations D’Alpinisme affiliate…
photo: Lowa Men's Renegade GTX Mid
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Clif Bar

rated 4 of 5 stars There are many things that factor into having an enjoyable outdoor trip. Some of them we can control, and some we can't. One of the things we…
photo: Clif Bar
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GoLite Quest

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I ordered the Quest with the intent of lightening my entire pack load, including the pack itself. The Quest weighs in at just over 3 lbs, which…
photo: GoLite Men's Quest
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Opinel No. 8 Folding Knife

rated 5 of 5 stars In the 1980s, Opinel folding knives were a camping store fad in North America, and I fell for them hook line and sinker. Since then, I've always…
photo: Opinel No. 8 Folding Knife
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Coghlan's Camp Knife

rated 5 of 5 stars In the 1980s, Opinel folding knives were a camping store fad in North America, and I fell for them hook line and sinker. Since then, I've always…
photo: Coghlan's Camp Knife
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Point6 Hiking Tech Medium Crew

rated 3 of 5 stars After a combined 700 miles of hiking, backpacking, and trail running, the Point6 Hiking Tech Medium Crew and Mini Crew socks remained well constructed…
photo: Point6 Unisex Hiking Tech Medium Crew
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MSR Hubba Hubba

rated 5 of 5 stars I purchased my MSR Hubba Hubba from HumbleOutdoors for $237 w/free MSR Footprint MSR really perfected this design, which has yet to be surpassed…
photo: MSR Hubba Hubba
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Petzl Tikka XP 2

rated 5 of 5 stars I have used this excellent headlamp for two seasons of New England AT section hikes in winter. I often find myself walking into the night. I…
photo: Petzl Tikka XP 2
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Therm-a-Rest ToughSkin

rated 5 of 5 stars I am Active Duty in the US Marine Corps. I purchased this pad a few years ago for trip to the Big Island of Hawaii for training due to the fact…
photo: Therm-a-Rest ToughSkin
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Mountain Hardwear Epic Gloves

rated 4 of 5 stars Good for wet, cool days I need some gloves for when its wet and not especially cold. These are it. Though they are a bad choice for sitting…
photo: Mountain Hardwear Men's Epic Gloves
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CamelBak Groove

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The "Better Bottle" just got "Bestest". This is a natural evolution of Camebak's Better Bottle. The bottle itself is BPA free Tritan, so worry…
photo: CamelBak Groove
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Osprey Aether 60

rated 4 of 5 stars My Aether 60 is now 4 years old and has had a hard life through the Bibbulman track (1000km) 2008, Larapinta track 2009  and the whole AT…
photo: Osprey Aether 60
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars This stove has never failed me. It may be a little heavier than other, newer stoves, but when it counts (like in the winter or other bad weather)…
photo: Optimus Svea
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MSR DragonFly

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I've been using this stove for about a decade since a Coleman Peak1 died on a trip. These stoves really do simmer (stunning, from MSR). They…
photo: MSR DragonFly
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MSR WindPro

rated 5 of 5 stars I purchased this stove from REI over a year ago and have used it for work, backpacking, and kayaking. I also own a Soto Micro Regulator and…
photo: MSR WindPro
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Coleman Solo Cook Kit

rated 4 of 5 stars So I picked this up on a whim one day and thought it might be a good two pot system for cooking on stoves and coals.  If it got too messed…
photo: Coleman Solo Cook Kit
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SPOT Personal Tracker

First of all, it doesn't work unless you have wide open sky.  Perhaps if you are concerned about getting lost on a prairie this product may…
photo: SPOT Personal Tracker
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MEC Camper 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars My girlfriend and her sister used the MEC Camper 2 for three and a half months bicycling across Canada. The tent is a bit small for me, but…
photo: MEC Camper 2
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Eureka! Spitfire 2

rated 4 of 5 stars I was excited when I received this tent as a Christmas gift a couple of years ago.  Unfortunately, I have only been able to use it twice since…
photo: Eureka! Spitfire 2
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Black Polyethylene Plastic Sheeting Tarp

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I am writing a review of a piece of plastic because it inspired me. I was recently backpacking with a friend in rain/snow conditions and when…
photo:   Black Polyethylene Plastic Sheeting Tarp
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Eureka! Tetragon 8

rated 4.5 of 5 stars We purchased the Tetragon 8 to replace an old store branded dome style Eureka tent from 1998. Overall, we are very happy with this tent. Our…
photo: Eureka! Tetragon 8
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Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini

rated 5 of 5 stars The FireSteel Mini Emergency Magnesium Sparker is a must-have for any backpacking emergency kit. I never used mine until this weekend, but thank…
photo: Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini
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Keen Pyrenees

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Have had 2 pair for the past 6+ months. rotate them. Very comfortable and have stayed waterproof. My only complaint is that the soles wear too…
photo: Keen Men's Pyrenees
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Sierra Designs Lightning 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Great tent, but bad customer service. Don't break or lose any parts. Sierra Designs will not help you with any replacement parts. The customer…
photo: Sierra Designs Lightning 2
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Arc'teryx Theta AR Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars I have now had the Arc'teryx Theta AR for just shy of a year now. When I purchased it, I was looking for a shell that I could buy and keep/use…
photo: Arc'teryx Men's Theta AR Jacket
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The North Face Canyonlands

rated 5 of 5 stars Picked it up used, for my summer travels. I was having problems with the rainfly. It was sticky and the windows were cracking. I sent it into…
 
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The North Face Quartz 22

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I was sold on this tent for its design. It breathes very well and I haven't had a problem with condensation. A little under the fly at times,…
photo: The North Face Quartz 22
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Soto Micro Regulator Stove

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Got the new Soto micro regulator this summer to try its stated ability to maintain output in cold/hot, and especially to maintain better heat…
photo: Soto Micro Regulator Stove
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Vargo Decagon

rated 4 of 5 stars I have about 300 trail miles hiking on the PCT, and about 300 miles of bicycle touring while using this stove. My thoughts are as follows: 1)…
photo: Vargo Decagon
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Tarptent Double Rainbow

rated 5 of 5 stars This is one of, and the first of two, Henry Shire's tarptents I own. And I absolutely LOVE this tent when I want more room than my Contrail…
photo: Tarptent Double Rainbow
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Gregory Jade 50

rated 5 of 5 stars I owned both of the versions of this pack. The older version didn't seem to fit so well, and the hipbelt wasn't replaceable, like most of Gregory's…
photo: Gregory Jade 50
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Vasque Juxt

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent shoe. Just bought them and had 2 days to break them in for a hike up Long's Peak, Colo. They were flawless. Totally comfortable, durable,…
photo: Vasque Men's Juxt
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Biffy Bag

rated 5 of 5 stars I am a weekend backpacker, enjoying solo excursions to a wilderness area near my home a few times a year. I haven't written a gear review before,…
photo: Biffy Bag
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Kelty Eagle 7850

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I am active duty military (Army) and i bought this pack in 2007 during a rotation in Afghanistan. Let me start by stating that this pack is…
 
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Black Diamond Firstlight

rated 0.5 of 5 stars A tent has a clear primary job—keeping you dry. The Firstlight fails miserably at this job. BD describes the fabric as “water resistant”…
photo: Black Diamond Firstlight
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The North Face Tadpole 23

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Took this tent on a one-week backpacking trip to Yosemite this June. Overall, the tent itself performed fine: Easy to pitch, freestanding, plenty…
photo: The North Face Tadpole 23
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Outdoor Research Mithril Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars This is an awesome jacket. I used it all last winter ice climbing and above timberline in brutal conditions in the mountains of NH. The material…
photo: Outdoor Research Men's Mithril Jacket
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GoLite Pinnacle

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great pack. Yes, it does weigh more than my GoLite Gust or Six Moon Sarlite (Also excellent packs) but the extra features and load…
photo: GoLite Men's Pinnacle
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Kelty Trekker 3950

rated 4 of 5 stars I purchased my Trekker for a 300-mile thru-hike of the Long Trail in Vermont's Green Mountains. It was my longest backpack, I knew I'd be packing…
photo: Kelty Trekker 3950
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Big Agnes Lynx Pass 4

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I'll be very happy with this tent once I get used to it. I had to replace a big old dome tent destroyed last year by wind in the Dakota Badlands.
photo: Big Agnes Lynx Pass 4
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Gossamer Gear Squall Classic

rated 5 of 5 stars I have been using the Squall Classic since 2007 and in its present condition I should be able to get quite a few more years use. For anyone…
photo: Gossamer Gear Squall Classic
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Gregory Reality

rated 5 of 5 stars Best pack ever! Great for week-long backpacking treks in the wilderness or train tours through Europe. The load rides very comfortably and the…
photo: Gregory Reality
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The stove wants to be CLEAN because at the very end there is a TINY little jet that can clog easily. Initial problems will result if you fail…
photo: Optimus Hiker+
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Light My Fire Spork

rated 4 of 5 stars Overview: The LMF (Light My Fire) Spork is made of heat resistant plastic, has a spoon head on one end and a fork on the other and the fork…
photo: Light My Fire Spork
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Chinook Twin Peaks Guide 6

rated 5 of 5 stars Chinook Twin Peaks Guide 6 Brief summary: I spent about a month researching different tents and even borrowed a few to try them out. I had my…
 
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars This stove model debuted in 1955, so it isn't 100 years old, despite what you read on the web. People like to obsess over gear weight, but do…
photo: Optimus Svea
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Kelty Red Cloud 6650

rated 4 of 5 stars A big hauler when going big is the only option. I have climbed Mt Adams and used this pack for most of the summer on other multi-day hikes this…
photo: Kelty Red Cloud 6650
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Starbucks VIA Ready Brew

rated 5 of 5 stars This is by far the “BOMB.” De-caf or full strength it is awesome in taste and aroma. I buy the big pack of 12 and always have it with me…
photo: Starbucks VIA Ready Brew
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Katadyn Base Camp

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought one of these for a trip to the Buffalo River and it worked great. Fill it up and let it go. We probably filtered 20 gallons of water…
photo: Katadyn Base Camp
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Asolo TPS 535

rated 5 of 5 stars A few points first. I always wear all-leather, have wide feet, am not worried about the weight (those are half the weight of my Gronells). I've…
photo: Asolo Women's TPS 535
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Mountain Hardwear Intention 75

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I love this pack, and actually got a great deal on it. $120 clearance, compared to the $300 usual. Great features: extending top for extra room,…
photo: Mountain Hardwear Intention 75
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars The stove is brilliant, compact and works every time very well. I have had the stove for several years, though starting it especially for the…
photo: Optimus Svea
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The North Face Aleutian 3S Bx

rated 2 of 5 stars I bought the bag for summer use in the Interior of Alaska... And woke up freezing every night that I used it, which is a pain when you have…
photo: The North Face Women's Aleutian 3S Bx
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Ruff Wear Palisades Pack

rated 5 of 5 stars This pack is awesome. By far the best I have ever used, and would never again use any other brand. This pack holds two 1-liter water bladders…
photo: Ruff Wear Palisades Pack
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MSR Titan Kettle

rated 5 of 5 stars General Product Description: This is a .8 liter one-person cook pot. It has a rigid wire handle, a short spout, and a tightly fitting lid. Bottom…
photo: MSR Titan Kettle
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