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Trailspace News, September 2006

Unique Packs

Amid the multitude of internal frames and specialized daypacks debuting at Outdoor Retailer last month, two unique packs caught our eye for their individuality:

The TrailFlex Harness system

The TrailFlex system is a harness and hydration pouch to which you can attach your choice of panel- or top-loading backpacks, a waistpack, and various accessory pouches. The idea is that you can design and reconfigure your own pack depending on your activity of the day -- all on the same harness. Read more »

photo of the Syncpack

The Syncpack is an articulated front pack that mounts on any waist-belted backpack and is supposed to balance your load by moving up to 10 pounds of gear to your front, where it is also more easily accessible when you're on the move. Read more »

Want to hear about the many new internal, day, and lumbar packs we saw at OR? Stay tuned. We'll continue to preview the latest in 2007 packs throughout the fall.

Celebrate National Public Lands Day

Each year, tens of thousands of volunteers donate the last Saturday in September to National Public Lands Day. This year the annual fall fix-up day for America's parks and other public lands falls on September 30 and expands to more sites -- from remote wilderness to inner-city playgrounds. Find a site near you and help other volunteers build trails and bridges, plant trees and plants, or remove trash and invasive plants. Read more »

Recent Reviews

It's a tent; it's a tarp; it's a lean-to. TropX reviews the MSR Missing Link.

Scott Etienne reflects on nearly a decade with the Coleman Xtreme Powermax Stove.

Stephen van der Mark tests the Western Mountaineering Kodiak SDL in Iceland.

Red Rover gives us a first look at the Mountain Hardwear Maestro pack.

JT Young pushes the limits of Merrell's Chameleon Wrap Gore-Tex XCR trail shoes.

MSR Missing Link photo
MSR Missing Link


Mountain Hardwear Maestro photo
Mountain Hardwear Maestro

Jonathan Bushey checks in with a long-term review of the Sierra Designs Reverse Combi tent.

Bob Malahowski discusses the unique design of the Pneugear Cocoon 4 sleep system.

JFR takes a pair of Asolo TPS 520 GV boots through heat, cold, mud, and water.

Will the Mountain Hardwear Heliark jacket make Mario a soft-shell convert?

Browse all recent reviews by date.

Do you have a favorite -- or least favorite -- piece of gear? Write a review.

Forum Highlights

Blackbeard asks "Anyone else have wishy-washy decision making habits?"

Battle of the bands: synthetic vs. down and fiberglass vs. aluminum

JohnAlan wants to know which stoves will burn paint thinner(!)

Also recently: thunderstorms, rectangular sleeping bags, and pack weights.

Find more topics in our expanded and improved forum index.

Sales and Specials


Until September 24, Sierra Trading Post is offering an additional 10 percent off on over 500 winter sports items. has Marmot gear and clothing at up to 40 percent off. is highlighting new markdowns of up to 50 percent.


Save up to 30 percent at the EMS Techwick sale, now through October 3.

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