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Trangia Mini Trangia

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I give the Mini-Trangia 28 4.5 stars, only because it needs a windscreen to truly be a complete stove. I made my windscreen out of an aluminum…
photo: Trangia Mini Trangia
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Sierra Designs Convert 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Unable to find any reviews or stores that stock this tent I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase this tent on pro form. After setting…
photo: Sierra Designs Convert 2
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Trangia Mini Trangia

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I've been trying to figure out what type of stove to carry while backpacking. I checked out the canister stoves, esbit, and alcohol. I decided…
photo: Trangia Mini Trangia
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ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 5 OF Outfitter

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Alps Mountaineering Taurus 5 OF Pros: Heavy Duty Construction Excellent price/value Simple to erect Cons: Pin system for pole ends About me:…
photo: ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 5 OF Outfitter
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Osprey Talon 22

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I needed a day pack for a day hike up Arizona's highest peak, Humphrey's Peak just north of Flagstaff. The Talon 22 was my choice. It easily…
photo: Osprey Talon 22
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Hennessy Hammock Explorer Deluxe Asym

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Love it. Can't sleep completely flat, but I can get pretty close. Super easy to set up, no rocks in your back, perfect for slopes or uneven…
photo: Hennessy Hammock Explorer Deluxe Asym
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I have another multi fuel stove that is very good and has not failed me. I bought this stove because it looked neat, like something a Sherpa…
photo: Optimus Svea
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Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought this on a whim, saw it on display and read the "how to and why for" and thought that it might be nice to relax in, providing I could…
photo: Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym
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MSR WhisperLite Internationale

rated 5 of 5 stars An excellent stove overall and a joy to use. I bought it used from a good source in great shape. I've had no problems with it at all and have…
photo: MSR WhisperLite Internationale
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I've used my svea 123 stove several times a year for 38 years, and it has never failed me. All I do is burn it empty at the end of the season,…
photo: Optimus Svea
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Hilleberg Soulo

rated 5 of 5 stars After buying several tents for my solo trips over the last few years I ended up with a completely useless Eureka Skylite SUL. After spending…
photo: Hilleberg Soulo
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Tarptent Contrail

rated 5 of 5 stars The Contrail is an excellent shelter for the long-distance hiker. So far I've used mine for 3300 miles over the last two seasons, and it's still…
photo: Tarptent Contrail
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Integral Designs Siltarp1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars My experience using the Siltarp is as a gear awning during climbing class outings, a rain shelter for a beach trip, and as my primary shelter…
photo: Integral Designs Siltarp1
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Bushbuddy

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent stove. But, remember, wood burning stove takes patience. Fuel needs to be gathered. Easiest lit when fire starters are used. It is…
photo: Bushbuddy
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Tarptent Contrail

rated 5 of 5 stars Have used Contrail since last summer and have experienced the spectrum of weather. From hot and humid on the Maryland AT to a wind-driven, hail…
photo: Tarptent Contrail
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Marmot Trestles 30

rated 3 of 5 stars These are my initial thoughts after one use so take it with a grain of salt. I will attempt to update this after further use. Also, I have the…
photo: Marmot Men's Trestles 30
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White Box Stove

rated 5 of 5 stars I've been using my little White Box alcohol stove for two years now. I bought it in an attempt to reduce my pack weight and simplify my gear.
photo: White Box Stove
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Dana Design K2 Longbed

rated 5 of 5 stars I have just completed walking across America in a large 'W' taking three years and 8,000 miles solo. I walked every step, deserts for a year…
 
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Scarpa SL M3

rated 5 of 5 stars INITIAL SHOPPING I was unsure of purchasing a boot over the internet in part due to the old adage of "try it before you buy it." Unfortunately…
photo: Scarpa Men's SL M3
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Kahtoola Microspikes

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I had been using a pair of Yaktrax Pro traction devices for winter trail running and was fairly pleased with them. However, this winter I got…
photo: Kahtoola Microspikes
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EMS Velocity 35

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a great 3-season bag. I decided to buy it mainly because of the small size and weight; it barely takes up any space on the trail. It…
photo: EMS Men's Velocity 35
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Exped DownMat 7

rated 5 of 5 stars I still remember the air mattress I used while camping as a child. It was very bulky, heavy and required a 3rd lung to blow up. Well, that air…
photo: Exped DownMat 7
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First Need Deluxe Water Purifier

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I've used this purifier on dozens of hikes and multi-day trips, pumping water that was very dirty in appearance and dubious in quality. This…
photo: First Need Deluxe Water Purifier
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Brunton Vapor AF

rated 5 of 5 stars I'm very pleased with this stove so far. I have over 40 years experience backpacking, beginning with the Svea 123 and later the MSR 9a stove.
photo: Brunton Vapor AF
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Ortik Heat-It

rated 5 of 5 stars I've bought one at the OR 2007 in Salty Lake but I think they also sell it by e-mail. I've used it with my MSR PocketRocket and it worked perfectly.
photo: Ortik Heat-It
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Black Diamond Firstlight

rated 2 of 5 stars While some may consider the Firstlight a desirable tent for summer alpine nights, having almost 31 years under my belt guiding in the Rocky…
photo: Black Diamond Firstlight
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Western Mountaineering Cloudrest

rated 5 of 5 stars The Western Mountaineering Cloudrest was named Trailspace's Pick for Backpacking Comfort in our “Backpacking and Camping Pillow Comparison.”…
photo: Western Mountaineering Cloudrest
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Jetboil Coffee Press

rated 5 of 5 stars Works well as a coffee press for ground coffee. The screen that is used as the "filter" works great. However, it is attached to a cheap-plastic…
photo: Jetboil Coffee Press
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Optimus Nova+

rated 5 of 5 stars A superb stove, probably the best currently available on the market. I began serious backpacking in the 1960s using the Optimus SVEA 123 stove.
photo: Optimus Nova+
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Deuter Trans Alpine 30

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought this pack for hiking in Israel due to its side pockets which can hold large bottle of water! You can also add a hydration system. The…
photo: Deuter Trans Alpine 30
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MSR Denali Ascent

rated 2 of 5 stars They are great while they work...mine broke recently. I've had a pair of these for about 5 years. I use them for maybe 2 or 3 trips a season.
photo: MSR Denali Ascent
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GSI Extreme 11" Wok

rated 5 of 5 stars Barb and I have done lots of stir-fry over the years, usually with our heavy iron wok (too heavy for backpacking!), but sometimes making do…
photo: GSI Extreme 11" Wok
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The North Face VE 25

rated 5 of 5 stars I am about to purchase the second one - I lost the last one in a divorce and she was right to demand it! This tent saved me on several occasions…
photo: The North Face VE 25
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Arc'teryx Theta AR Jacket

rated 2 of 5 stars Price Paid: $225 at ebay Summary: You're paying for the technology, a top of the line outdoor jacket, and of course, the brand name. It's clearly…
photo: Arc'teryx Men's Theta AR Jacket
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Exped DownMat 7

rated 5 of 5 stars Great product. Over the past few years my Therm-a-rest(s) just weren't as comfortable as I'd like for a good night's rest. (Has global warming…
photo: Exped DownMat 7
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Black Diamond Sabretooth Clip

rated 5 of 5 stars Awesome crampon. Stiff enough to front-point in, but still enough flex for walking on a glacier. The powder coating comes off if you use them…
photo: Black Diamond Sabretooth Clip
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Petzl Nomic

rated 5 of 5 stars I'll preface the five star rating by saying that I have never owned an off the shelf ice tool that performed this well without any modifications.
photo: Petzl Nomic
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EMS Velocity 35

rated 4 of 5 stars Have had this bag for two seasons and spent more than 80 nights in it. Temperatures ranging from 18 to 65. Most recently have used it from Sept…
photo: EMS Men's Velocity 35
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Primus ClassicTrail

rated 4 of 5 stars I bought this stove after doing some comparisons of other iso/but stoves. The Classic Trail was bought for quickie weekend get-aways when weight…
photo: Primus ClassicTrail
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MSR DragonFly

rated 4 of 5 stars Had my DragonFly for almost eight years now and it's simply amazing. It's very easy to use, stores very nicely in my MSR Alpine cookset and…
photo: MSR DragonFly
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Trangia Mini Trangia

rated 4 of 5 stars Brilliant little stove! Weighs next to nothing, uses renewable fuel, and cooks only a bit slower than a gas-burner. I would only suggest that…
photo: Trangia Mini Trangia
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Trangia Mini Trangia

rated 5 of 5 stars The little stove that could. I was surprised how small it is, compared to the T-25, but the performance cannot be beat. The stove might be slower…
photo: Trangia Mini Trangia
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Granite Gear Latitude Vapor

rated 5 of 5 stars I was in Boone, N.C., several months ago skiing and I stumbled into the Mast General Store. Prior to leaving on the trip I had ordered a brand…
photo: Granite Gear Latitude Vapor
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MSR DragonFly

rated 4 of 5 stars I had my DragonFly since the month it was released. Have had good luck with stove in the cooking department. Do not like the fact that the stove…
photo: MSR DragonFly
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Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym

rated 5 of 5 stars I love my hammock. Best sleep on the trail comes in a hammock. Only problem is you can't curl up next to your significant other in a hammock.
photo: Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym
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Exped DownMat 7

rated 5 of 5 stars As an aging camper who has rediscovered mountaineering I needed a warm pad that also supported my frame well so I could sleep easy. I hiked…
photo: Exped DownMat 7
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Wenzel StarLite

rated 3 of 5 stars Although I own several shelters (Noall Serenity, Sierra Designs Lightning, Walrus Trekker Tarp, Black Diamond Megamid, Golite Cave, Bibler Pinon)…
photo: Wenzel StarLite
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Sierra Designs Light Year CD

rated 5 of 5 stars I got this tent for a month long backpacking trip (Long Trail). My group only lasted for 12 days, and I went home with the last of them, as…
photo: Sierra Designs Light Year CD
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Marmot Helium

rated 5 of 5 stars This bag is awesome. It's light, compressible, big and warm. I have used this bag where it has gotten down to 7 degrees at night and I have…
photo: Marmot Men's Helium
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Brunton 8099 PRO Eclipse

rated 3 of 5 stars I bought the 8099 Eclipse after having owned other more traditional compasses. I have the 'Pro' Model which is identical to the standard 8099…
photo: Brunton 8099 PRO Eclipse
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Katadyn Hiker

rated 5 of 5 stars Overview: The Katadyn Hiker Water Filter is a portable water filter suitable for extended outings in the wilderness. It is rated to filter out…
photo: Katadyn Hiker
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Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2

rated 4 of 5 stars I got everything as advertised. Number one, the weight: _including_ ground cover and minimum stakes (6) this tent is under 4 lbs. Number two,…
photo: Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
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Marmot Titan

rated 5 of 5 stars The Titan is very airy and well-ventilated. It's a little on the heavy side for a two-person tent, mainly because of the fly, but it's well…
photo: Marmot Titan
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Blacks Arctic Guinea ridge tent

rated 5 of 5 stars Mentioned this tent in my review of the Blacks Mountain tent. When I bought the Mountain tent for a ridiculously low price in a sale in 1969…
 
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GoLite Breeze Pack

rated 1 of 5 stars One of the first commercially produced ultra-light packs. Personally, I don't understand why this pack is so popular. People talk about it being…
photo: GoLite Breeze Pack
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Galibier Super Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars The best mountain boots ever made. The design allows for great edging power on alpine rock. With insulated over-boots I have used these with…
photo: Galibier Super Guide
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REI Half Dome 2 Plus

rated 4 of 5 stars Have used this tent for about six nights so far, winter conditions, in wooded area as well as open and breezy conditions in a snowstorm. Temps…
photo: REI Half Dome 2 Plus
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JanSport D5

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought my D5 in Berkley in 1978 and have used it for every camping trip since. I also use it for most of our family trips as my suitcase (I…
 
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Bibler Fitzroy

rated 4 of 5 stars This is essentially a winter tent. When you already have a three season tent, this is the tent for that other season. Like most specialized…
photo: Bibler Fitzroy
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Galibier Super Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars These are super general mountaineering boots but you'll probably never be able to find them. Lots of support, stiff soles but still comfortable…
photo: Galibier Super Guide
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Feathered Friends Hummingbird

rated 1 of 5 stars A few years ago I purchased the Hummingbird. When I first received it in the mail I was amazed at its size and weight (about a loaf of bread).
photo: Feathered Friends Hummingbird
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Mountainsmith Dog Pack

rated 5 of 5 stars Reviewing a dog pack may seem a little offbeat, but with the Mountainsmith Dog Pack, my 100-pound Alaskan Malamute is able to carry 20 to 35…
photo: Mountainsmith Dog Pack
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ROKK Flat Iron

rated 4 of 5 stars I work for a retailer that sells ROKK equipment and believe me, this past summer i've sold alot of ROKK packs. The one thing i want to make…
 
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The North Face Cirrus

rated 5 of 5 stars I've had this tent over a year now. It's phenomenal. Factory-taped seams keep the tent interior dry. Seam-seal the velcro seams and the zippers…
 
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Terra Nova Explorer

rated 5 of 5 stars A great tent from one of the UK's finest manufacturers. Put up with 15 continuous hours of heavy rain and didn't let a single drop in. This…
 
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Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym

rated 5 of 5 stars I found this product by searching for a bivy sac on the web. I liked the idea and the price so I ordered one over the internet. I spent two…
photo: Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym
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Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy

rated 5 of 5 stars This bivy is a 3-layer JGI 1.1 oz. Gore-Tex fabric upper section for maximum vapor transport, 1.7 oz. taffeta, complete with bombproof Hydroseal-200…
photo: Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy
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Ruff Wear K-9 Float Coat

rated 5 of 5 stars 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.
photo: Ruff Wear K-9 Float Coat
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Homemade Alcohol Stove

rated 4 of 5 stars A great cost-effective alternative that is functional, lightweight, and compact. You can also easily find the fuel source at just about any…
photo:   Homemade Alcohol Stove
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Backpacker's Pantry Granola with Bananas & Milk

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Good backpacking breakfast. Easy to prepare and pretty nutritious. More tasty than most freeze dry packaged foods. Price, like all freeze dry,…
photo: Backpacker's Pantry Granola with Bananas & Milk
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humangear GoBites Duo

rated 5 of 5 stars GoBites Duo — One spork to rule them all. Ok, maybe just very well thought out, giving it a wide range of capability. Last winter, my job…
photo: humangear GoBites Duo
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humangear GoBites Uno

rated 5 of 5 stars After several breakages of the plastic Light My Fire spork, I decided to try the new GoBites Uno. Human Gear took the idea and improved on it.
photo: humangear GoBites Uno
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Mountain House Beef Stroganoff with Noodles

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent flavor and texture from a freeze dried meal. The price point is a bit heavy considering I might be able to take a spur trail to the…
photo: Mountain House Beef Stroganoff with Noodles
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Osprey Aether 70

rated 5 of 5 stars Great pack for larger loads. I received this pack as a gift for Christmas, and now that the weather has been warmer I have been able to put…
photo: Osprey Aether 70
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Malone Stax Pro2 Kayak Carrier

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The Malone Stax Pro2 kayak carrier is a rooftop collapsable single or double kayak tie-down system. It's simple to install and folds down when…
photo:   Malone Stax Pro2 Kayak Carrier
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Eddyline Sea Star

rated 5 of 5 stars Solid kayak with a nice balance of volume, speed, and stability. Glad to see that these fine kayaks are still out there.  After trying various…
photo: Eddyline Sea Star
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Grivel G10

rated 4 of 5 stars High quality, good fitting steel crampon; excess strap annoying. I use these for hiking and scrambling when there is enough slope that I need…
photo: Grivel G10
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Old Town Dirigo 106

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great rec kayak for lakes and slow rivers, capable of light overnight trips. Have had this kayak almost three years. I've dragged it, banged…
photo: Old Town Dirigo 106
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Petzl Ascension

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great ascender. This is my favorite handled ascender.  I own three of them. One is retired, and has over 150,000' of rope work on…
photo: Petzl Ascension
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Petzl Fractio

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a tough harness and it will last a long time. I have used this harness for about 2-3 years now for cave exploration. Before that it…
photo: Petzl Unisex Fractio
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The North Face Tadpole 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I will be keeping this tent for awhile I imagine. This tent is the jam. An honest 2-person tent that provides good room for 2 average sized…
photo: The North Face Tadpole 2
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PMI Max-Wear Sport 11mm

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a tough rope. One of the longest lasting ropes on the market. Doesn't work well with certain devices like ATC's or Petzl Stop. Very…
photo: PMI Max-Wear Sport 11mm
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MSR Shift

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…
photo: MSR Shift
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Ruff Wear Ridgeline Leash

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a lightweight leash, with a stretchable, bungee type aspect, which allows the dog to roam a bit without pulling on your arms. This is…
photo: Ruff Wear Ridgeline Leash
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Libby's Seasoned Beef Crumbles

rated 4 of 5 stars Unlike the reviewer who gave this product a single-star, I found this product to be good and consistent with my expectations. It is essentially…
photo:   Libby's Seasoned Beef Crumbles
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Osprey Crescent 85

rated 5 of 5 stars Great pack for extended trips. Places majority of weight on the hips. Very comfortable and very durable. It is my current go to pack. Fit: Form…
photo: Osprey Crescent 85
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Gregory Stout 35

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great hiking, climbing, overnight or travel pack. Beautiful design and color scheme. Nice fit and larger than expected. This is for the large…
photo: Gregory Stout 35
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Ruff Wear Quick Draw Leash

rated 4 of 5 stars Tough, tough, tough! Lightweight and many grab points, and is shock-corded. Wow, this is one tough and variable leash! This is my second one…
photo: Ruff Wear Quick Draw Leash
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Ruff Wear Quick Draw Leash

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Disclosure #1: I received this leash from http://backcountryk9.com/ to test it out and review it, in my role as a brand ambassador. Disclosure…
photo: Ruff Wear Quick Draw Leash
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MSR SweetWater Purifier System

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I have used the SweetWater for three years now. It has always done a great job. When an internal mechanism broke from years of use, MSR promptly…
photo: MSR SweetWater Purifier System
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Petzl MYO 5

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Though heavy by today's standards, this headlamp lasts forever and never breaks. I have been using this lamp for 4 years now. I have a lighter…
photo: Petzl MYO 5
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REI Campware Cup

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a lightweight, functional, and cheap cup that surprisingly has become my favorite one. It is a simple cup that meets all my needs, except…
photo: REI Campware Cup
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Hoka Challenger ATR

rated 4 of 5 stars I got the shoe in December to start incorporating them into training for the HURT 100 in Hawaii. They did great on the frozen trails and winter…
photo: Hoka Men's Challenger ATR
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REI Downtime +10

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great feather bag. For the price it packs down small, weighs little, and is really comfortable. Great overall bag. Though some of the hardwear…
photo: REI Downtime +10
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The North Face Salamander 23

rated 4 of 5 stars The Salamander is very well constructed, one of the biggest 2P tents I've used, has two great vestibules and double doors. A bit heavy by current…
photo: The North Face Salamander 23
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Eureka! Scorpion

rated 4 of 5 stars Great vestibules, spacious, heavy. The setup is easy after first use. The tent uses a central pole "hub" located on the top of the tent. The…
photo: Eureka! Scorpion
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Mountain Hardwear EV 2

rated 5 of 5 stars A specialized mountaineering tent for use primarily at high altitudes, or where the user can expect to encounter sub-zero weather and/or arid…
photo: Mountain Hardwear EV 2
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Catoma EBNS Enhanced Bed Net System

rated 2 of 5 stars Looked like a great design to put on top of my cot to keep bugs off. It does this. I am six feet tall and due to the design of the ends, this…
photo: Catoma EBNS Enhanced Bed Net System
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NEMO Astro Air Lite

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I've used this once in a situation that would test the lower limits of its comfort range. It worked very well. I had a couple of issues, but…
photo: NEMO Astro Air Lite
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Discovery Trekking Extreme Ultralite Backpacking Towel

rated 4 of 5 stars Ultra lightweight towel made of the lightweight polyester fabric like our favorite quick dry tee shirts. Tale of the Tape The Extreme Ultralite…
photo: Discovery Trekking Extreme Ultralite Backpacking Towel
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