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Kasper & Richter Alpin

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The latest version of the K&R Alpin is a very good compass, with excellent manufacturing quality, but has a few annoying glitches that keep…
photo: Kasper & Richter Alpin
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MSR MiniWorks EX

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Used this on a 7-day hike with our Scout troop. I wouldn't recomend this pump for a large group because it is very slow. The other leader had…
photo: MSR MiniWorks EX
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RE Factor Tactical Operator Band

rated 5 of 5 stars The Operator Band takes the traditional paracord survival band to the next level. It has items hidden throughout that make it a TRUE survival…
photo:   RE Factor Tactical Operator Band
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Arc'teryx Naos 70

rated 5 of 5 stars Simply the best all round pack. I got my Arcteryx Naos 70 pack for $195 on clearance and couldn't believe my luck. I am absolutely in love with…
photo: Arc'teryx Naos 70
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Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Too small for three, roomy for two, good space-to-weight ratio, reasonable quality. A good choice if the price is right and you don't mind a…
photo: Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 3
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Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 XL

rated 5 of 5 stars Highly recommend for the ideal solo backpacker's tent. Also can sleep two with one or two backpacks also inside across head of tent (if a bit…
photo: Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 XL
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Case Mini Blackhorn

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight utility knife.
photo: Case Mini Blackhorn
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MSR Snow Fluke

rated 5 of 5 stars I found the MSR fluke to have some interesting and potentially significant improvements over older designs. This extension of their venture…
photo: MSR Snow Fluke
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MSR Snow Picket

rated 5 of 5 stars I found the MSR snow picket to have some interesting and potentially significant improvements over older designs. This extension of their venture…
photo: MSR Snow Picket
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Exped SynMat 7 Pump

rated 4 of 5 stars Very comfortable, excellent insulation from cold ground, robust material — less likely to puncture. Packability. An excellent mat for 3-4…
photo: Exped SynMat 7 Pump
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Klean Kanteen 64oz Wide

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent steel used in excellent construction of a super durable water bottle! Growlers are 64 ounces too i.e. lots of water for the trail…
photo: Klean Kanteen 64oz Wide
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Jetboil Flash Cooking System

rated 4 of 5 stars Be clear, if you are a gourmet camp cook, this is probably not the item for you. If however, like my husband and I, you have found that you…
photo: Jetboil Flash Cooking System
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Sterling Rope Fusion Ion2 9.4mm

rated 5 of 5 stars Amazing handling, great for use in the Grigri 2, nicely cushioned falls, and light as can be. I would definitely recommend this rope. Perfect…
photo: Sterling Rope Fusion Ion2 9.4mm
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Magellan eXplorist GC

rated 3.5 of 5 stars With easy operation, the Magellan eXplorist is a great GPSr for causal or regular geocaching. The Magellan eXplorist GC is a great addition…
photo: Magellan eXplorist GC
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Garmin GPSMAP 62

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The GPSMAP 62 is a fantastic choice for geocachers in particular. Easy to use, rugged and waterproof, its only real weakness is the lack of…
photo: Garmin GPSMAP 62
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Exped Air Pillow

rated 5 of 5 stars With an innovative design, this pillow is not like other inflatable pillows. This little air pillow is in a class by itself, not at all like…
photo: Exped Air Pillow
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Brunton 58 Kayak

rated 5 of 5 stars A standard for kayak navigation. Hands-free orientation is a must when kayaking, so forget the hand-held compasses used for hiking. Also, I…
photo: Brunton 58 Kayak
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Garmin Oregon 400c

rated 3.5 of 5 stars An great GPS handheld for many purposes, most importantly paddle sports. I waited until this went on sale at West Marine and it turned out to…
photo: Garmin Oregon 400c
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Eureka! Grand Manan Tour

rated 5 of 5 stars Love the space and design of this tent. It's so versatile. The vestibule gives you added room for lounging outside of your tent with screen…
photo: Eureka! Grand Manan Tour
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Alite Monarch Chair

rated 5 of 5 stars One of most innovative and popular accessories of recent times, the Alite Monarch Butterfly chair is a hot item that you'll probably want to…
photo: Alite Monarch Chair
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Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest Solar

rated 5 of 5 stars I will go without TP before I go without this pad. This is one of those iconic pieces of gear that came along and made the world a better place…
photo: Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest Solar
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Black Diamond Speed 30

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent top loading pack with ample volume for overnight peak climbing adventures. Pack's carrying system makes the load very comfortable.
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Marmot Astral 2P

rated 5 of 5 stars Best tent I have had, ever! So I got this tent as a warranty replacement for the Marmot Swallow 2P. I'll be honest that I was biased against…
photo: Marmot Astral 2P
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Icebreaker Siren Bra

rated 5 of 5 stars So comfortable, packs small and light, dries fast, pricey but worth it. Perfect for low impact summer or winter sports. Looks great too. Love…
photo: Icebreaker Siren Bra
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Sea to Summit The Kitchen Sink

rated 3 of 5 stars Excellent choice for the backpacker, replace large tub you used when car camping. Folds up into small size. Neat rubberized lining really does…
photo: Sea to Summit The Kitchen Sink
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Sawyer Squeeze Filter

rated 4 of 5 stars This filter works very well for 1 or 2 hikers, is incredibly light, and reasonably priced. At 3.5 oz you can't beat the weight. To operate this…
photo: Sawyer Squeeze Filter
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Buck 110 Folding Hunter

rated 5 of 5 stars This is probably the most replicated model in the world, but nothing comes even close to the real deal. I do not know what they had used in…
photo: Buck 110 Folding Hunter
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Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Hennessy is of the elite of hammocks. Having slept in a Mexican hammock for a few weeks straight on vacation once, I figured that I could tolerate…
photo: Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym
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Kelty Yellowstone 2

rated 3 of 5 stars This tent is a good buy for a three-season tent. It's on the heavy side by today's standards, but weighs less than our previous 1970's-era Gerry…
photo: Kelty Yellowstone 2
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GSI Pinnacle Soloist

rated 4.5 of 5 stars About all a person needs for meals in the woods. I have a 15-year-old 'billy set' made by GSI out of anodized aluminum. It was very similar…
photo: GSI Pinnacle Soloist
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Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini

rated 5 of 5 stars An excellent, simple-to-use, never-can-go-wrong piece of gear. Use as your primary ignition source or as a back-up. I bought mine back when…
photo: Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini
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Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek

rated 5 of 5 stars I love these shoes so much I now have four pair in two colors and wear them almost all the time I need to have a shoe on. Man these shoes have…
photo: Vibram Men's FiveFingers KSO Trek
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Sierra Designs Sirius 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A well-ventilated, simple, inexpensive, lightweight dome tent. This tent was discounted nicely just when I was looking to switch to a free standing…
photo: Sierra Designs Sirius 2
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Osprey Ace 48

rated 5 of 5 stars This is THE BEST kid's pack. The backpack is very well-built. It works best for kids ages 10-15. I am 15 years old. The pack fits good because…
photo: Osprey Ace 48
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Snow Peak GigaPower Manual

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great product, and is an essential item on all of my trips. The stove is sturdy yet lightweight and is bombproof. The stove is easy…
photo: Snow Peak GigaPower Manual
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GoLite UltraLite 3-Season Quilt

rated 5 of 5 stars A lightweight quilt with exceptional warmth. I had been contemplating a quilt for a few years, but never really wanted to part with that much…
photo: GoLite UltraLite 3-Season Quilt
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Contour ROAM

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Totally recommend this cam! Easy to use, lightweight and has many different ways to mount it. Just push the switch and it's on and shooting,…
photo: Contour ROAM
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Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1

rated 3.5 of 5 stars I love the options and weight of this tent, but the foot area needs a little work, and perhaps a slightly roomier vestibule. I used this tent…
photo: Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1
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New Balance MT10 Minimus

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great minimalist shoe. These shoes feel like they were made for my feet. I have relatively narrow feet but a wide toe-box. I also have fairly…
photo: New Balance MT10 Minimus
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Astral Wondervest

rated 5 of 5 stars A great compact vest for paddlesports. I bought this used on eBay on a hunch that I would like the design...and I really have taken to it. I…
photo: Astral Wondervest
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VauDe Snow Cloud 350 43F

rated 4 of 5 stars In short, all the details you'd find in much higher priced bags for an entry level price. This is a warm-weather bag though, so don't push your…
photo: VauDe Snow Cloud 350 43F
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Alpina Lite Terrain

rated 3.5 of 5 stars For a lightweight, high mountain setup this bridges the gap between off-track ski touring and AT setups. Great for spring high mountain touring.
photo: Alpina Lite Terrain
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The North Face Blue Kazoo

rated 5 of 5 stars Light, warm, and user friendly! Extra fiber fill in just the right places. Unique stuff compression sack allows it to fit well in bottom section…
photo: The North Face Men's Blue Kazoo
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Granite Gear Nimbus Latitude Ki

rated 4 of 5 stars A unique design from a good company. I got this pack recently for pretty cheap through STP. I've been debating for a while whether to abandon…
photo: Granite Gear Nimbus Latitude Ki
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Vasque Breeze GTX XCR

rated 4 of 5 stars For how much support these shoes provide, they are super comfortable, very breathable, and surprisingly lightweight. Would def recommend these…
photo: Vasque Women's Breeze GTX XCR
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Stansport Star-Lite 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Low cost mesh covered, bathtub bottom, 2-man tent with fly. Same design as the Kelty Salida 2 but bigger, and only weighs one pound more. After…
photo: Stansport Star-Lite 2
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High Sierra Appalachian 75

rated 5 of 5 stars Affordable, high quality, durable, roomy, comfortable pack. Let me start off by saying that I would definitely recommend this backpack. I purchased…
photo: High Sierra Appalachian 75
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Brunton Raptor

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great little stove. Easy to light and adjust flame. Very compact and durable. Yes, I would recommend it. I have burned through more than 30…
photo: Brunton Raptor
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Deuter ACT Trail 20 SL

rated 5 of 5 stars This pack rocks for carrying a heavy day-load, and carrying it well! The harness and Delrin rods distribute weight evenly and the shoulder and…
photo: Deuter ACT Trail 20 SL
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Icebreaker 150 Ultralite LS Atlas

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Thin, great wool, great for layering, a great shirt! Wool is just great isn't it? It is always amazing to me that you can have a wool shirt…
photo: Icebreaker Men's 150 Ultralite LS Atlas
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ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3 Outfitter

rated 4 of 5 stars This tent is a bit heavier that the Extreme 3 having a thicker floor and wider zippers. These are an added bonus adding weather protection in…
photo: ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3 Outfitter
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EMS Profile Zip-off Pants

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A solid convertible pant. These are your straightforward convertible pants made from nylon and will take a beating and keep on kicking. I like…
photo: EMS Profile Zip-off Pants
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Platypus GravityWorks Filter System

rated 5 of 5 stars This water filter is definitely the best thing going. I have been on numerous multi-person hikes and it keeps everyone in water no matter what…
photo: Platypus GravityWorks Filter System
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Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2

rated 5 of 5 stars Big room in a small package! Finally, a lightweight tent that is redhead proof, bomb proof, and can withstand the unpredictable weather and…
photo: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2
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Brunton Raptor

rated 5 of 5 stars Very solid for its size. Extremely small and lightweight. Fits great in my mess kit, and has been an extremely valuable addition to my technical…
photo: Brunton Raptor
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Inov-8 X-Talon 212

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great off-road running shoes, lightweight, good fit, really nice to run in. Not so good if your runs involve longer sections on tarmac. The…
photo: Inov-8 X-Talon 212
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prAna Stretch Zion Pant

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great pant to walk around downtown Portland, tackle the slots of Escalante, and climb a few pitches on El Cap. I've literally done everything…
photo: prAna Stretch Zion Pant
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MSR WhisperLite

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The most reliable, all weather backpacking stove on the market. Great in cold temperatures where most cannister stoves fail and field maintenance…
photo: MSR WhisperLite
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Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15°

rated 5 of 5 stars This bag has down on top only with a sleeve beneath for pad. Never roll off again and lighter weight. Quality construction. We own two Lost…
photo: Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15°
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Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym

rated 4 of 5 stars A nice warmer weather sleeping shelter, with rain and bug protection under three pounds. Can be set up in unusual terrain and gets you off the…
photo: Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym
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Clif Black Cherry Almond Bar

rated 4 of 5 stars The best of the bunch, but still not great. Oh, Clif Bar! When I first started to get into hiking you were my GO TO bar. You had so many fruit…
photo: Clif Black Cherry Almond Bar
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Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo

rated 5 of 5 stars A very light and versatile tarp tent that is roomy for two, and keeps out bad weather and bugs. This tarptent is a winner. It has two doors,…
photo: Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo
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Black Diamond Storm

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a great all-weather headlamp with variable output, dual beam shape, and red-light function. Good for hiking and up-close work in camp…
photo: Black Diamond Storm
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Cabela's Alaskan Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars Absolutely bombproof family camping tent. I have been using this tent every year for myself, wife, and two kids since 2007. I have to say that…
 
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Mountain Laurel Designs eVent Rain Mitts

rated 4 of 5 stars Mountain Laurel Designs Rain Mitts are the go-to lightweight year-round mitten shells. Made from breathable eVent fabric these mitts will keep…
 
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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite

rated 5 of 5 stars Man, this thing sure is light...and comfortable! I recently upgraded from an old Thermarest self-inflating pad, which at the time I bought it,…
photo: Therm-a-Rest Men's NeoAir XLite
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Hi-Tec Odyssey 65

rated 4 of 5 stars The Hi-Tec Odyssey 65 is a very good workhorse backpack. If you're thinking about getting into backpacking but aren't sure you want to fork…
photo: Hi-Tec Odyssey 65
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Dagger Alchemy 14.0S

rated 4 of 5 stars My favorite new toy...a fun yak with all the features of a sea kayak. This boat is just a lot of fun, period. I have a higher-end fiberglass…
photo: Dagger Alchemy 14.0S
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Big Agnes Insulated Air Core

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent! Warm and comfy! Light and compact to carry! I have two of these. One for me and my wife. We use them for both car camping and backpacking.
photo: Big Agnes Insulated Air Core
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Soto Micro Regulator Stove

rated 5 of 5 stars Burns hotter with a better flame than the PocketRocket. Burns better in colder temps and at altitude than the PocketRocket. Burns with a full…
photo: Soto Micro Regulator Stove
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Sawyer Squeeze Filter

rated 4 of 5 stars The Sawyer PointOne Squeeze Water Filter System is taking the hiking world by storm as more and more hikers are beginning to realize that for…
photo: Sawyer Squeeze Filter
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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir

rated 4 of 5 stars I have yet to find more comfort in sleeping rough than can be found on top of a NeoAir. The NeoAir changed my ability to sleep out in the wild.
photo: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir
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Six Moon Designs Skyscape X

rated 5 of 5 stars If you are looking for the lightest fully enclosed one-piece solo shelter on the market, this is the one you should be buying. At 425 grams…
 
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Brooks PureGrit

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This shoe is light, durable, and a beast on the trails. The only downside is traction when it gets wet. Honestly, I love my PureGrits so much…
photo: Brooks Men's PureGrit
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars The seva 123 is widely known as one of the most reliable stoves ever made and for good reason, they don’t break and most of them are still…
photo: Optimus Svea
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Lifeline Alum Sport Utility Shovel

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Lifeline Sport utility shovel may be sold at places like Fred Meyer and WalMart, but don’t let its cheap price fool you. This is an excellent…
photo: Lifeline Alum Sport Utility Shovel
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REI Aegis Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The REI Aegis Jacket is a lightweight, packable soft shell, excellent as a shell in light rain and snow situations. The Aegis's waterproof hood,…
photo: REI Men's Aegis Jacket
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REI Candle Lantern

rated 5 of 5 stars The REI Candle Lantern is a lightweight candle lantern that utilizes a self feeding candle system which burns off all excess wax, providing…
photo: REI Candle Lantern
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REI Traverse Pack

rated 5 of 5 stars The REI Traverse pack is an excellent low cost daypack with many features one would usually find in a pack 2 to 3 times its price. With its…
photo: REI Men's Traverse Pack
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Lowa Baffin Pro

rated 5 of 5 stars I am a field engineer and I wear these to work everyday. These are very comfortable. I feel in love with these because I wear the Tibet GTX…
photo: Lowa Men's Baffin Pro
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MSR BlackLite Classic Cookset

rated 4 of 5 stars The MSR BlackLite cookset is a low priced entry model cook-set that does not disappoint. This cook-set includes: 1.5- and 2-liter pots, fitted…
photo: MSR BlackLite Classic Cookset
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MSR Hoop

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great lightweight and spacious backcountry tent for two. I was the manager of a local gear shop in Flagstaff, Arizona (Four Season Outfitters).
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Klymit Static V

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great, lightweight, compact backpacking pad with all the comfort and none of the hassles. A few months back, I purchased Klymit's Static V…
photo: Klymit Static V
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Leatherman Wave

rated 5 of 5 stars This multi-tool has replaced every folding knife I have ever owned. Not only is it equipped with both, straight and serrated cutting blades,…
photo: Leatherman Wave
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Granite Gear Stratus Latitude

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the most AWESOME pack I have ever had. I hike around 1000 miles per year on trails like the AT, PCT, NCT, etc... I go out for weeks…
photo: Granite Gear Stratus Latitude
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Klattermusen Brede Jacket

rated 3 of 5 stars Hard shell for heavy use during autumn-winter-spring. If you don't mind the bits that fall off and want a jacket for many years, this might…
photo: Klattermusen Brede Jacket
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Justin Lichter Trail Tested: A Thru-Hiker's Insights Into Hiking and Backpacking

rated 4.5 of 5 stars "Trail Tested" is a book aimed at providing a broad spectrum of advice on hiking and backpacking for the novice as well as seasoned hiker wanting…
photo: Justin Lichter Trail Tested: A Thru-Hiker's Insights Into Hiking and Backpacking
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Klymit Inertia X Frame

rated 4 of 5 stars The Klymit Inertia X Frame pad is an exceptionally lightweight pad designed for long distance hikers, bike tourists, or other backcountry adventurers…
photo: Klymit Inertia X Frame
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Katadyn Exstream XR Bottle Purifier

rated 4 of 5 stars Works great, simple design, reasonably priced. This is a basic, simple to use water treatment product that works very well. Treats even the…
photo: Katadyn Exstream XR Bottle Purifier
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Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef

rated 5 of 5 stars One of the best tasting foods they offer. Taste is really great, very light weight and super easy to make right in its own bag. This is one…
photo: Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef
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Black Diamond Half Dome

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight helmet with an awesome fit. I have a larger head and ordered the M/L Half Dome and couldn't be happier with it. The fit is perfect.
photo: Black Diamond Half Dome
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Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a great bomb-proof shelter that weighs less than 5 lbs. Surprisingly easy to setup for a non-free standing tent. I purchased this tent…
photo: Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 2
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GoLite Jam 50L

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a great entry level pack for those who are thinking or planning on entering the world of Ultralight/Lightweight Backpacking. The 2012…
photo: GoLite Jam 50L
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Primus OmniFuel

rated 5 of 5 stars If Chuck Norris had a camping stove it would be the Primus OmniFuel. Built like a solid tank! I've had this thing for seven years and I can…
photo: Primus OmniFuel
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Trail Designs Gram Cracker

rated 5 of 5 stars This little titanium ESBIT/FireLite fuel tablet holder is simple, ultra light and actually increases the burning efficiency of fuel tabs. It…
photo: Trail Designs Gram Cracker
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Coleman LED Micropacker Lantern

rated 5 of 5 stars
photo: Coleman LED Micropacker Lantern
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Sawyer Squeeze Filter

rated 3 of 5 stars Effectiveness: The water was clean, clear and tasted good. The bag definitely needs to be wiped off after filling and before squeezing...otherwise…
photo: Sawyer Squeeze Filter
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JanSport D2

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent pack for heavy or high volume loads. Very comfortable. Good for the long haul. I have used mine for canoe/hunt/fishing trips, hike/camping,…
photo: JanSport D2
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Deuter Futura Pro 42

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Comfortable day pack with good balance, a built-in rain cover and a great vented back panel. This pack is IT! I bought it more than two years…
photo: Deuter Futura Pro 42
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Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport

rated 4 of 5 stars It's not as weird as you think. These are comfortable multipurpose shoes. I picked these up on clearance from REI. One thing I'll say off the…
photo: Vibram Men's FiveFingers TrekSport
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