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October 10, 2012

Win "Freedom of the Hills" from The Mountaineers

Review your outdoor gear now through Tuesday, October 23, and you could win a copy of the essential Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, plus a backcountry-friendly deck of Freedom of the Hills playing cards, from Mountaineers Books.

Meet Jim Doss, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Jim Doss, our latest reviewer of the month. Jim wrote a Killer Review of the Backcountry Solutions Keyhole camera sling, and wins a goodie pack of gear from Trailspace, Hydrapak, GU, and ProBar.

Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Pad

"This is a great four-season sleeping pad," says Arson. "I've stayed warm and toasty on cold nights, it packs small and light for backcountry use, and Therm-a-Rest is known for quality, innovative products that I've trusted for years."

Review: Platypus Big Zip SL Reservoir

"Originally purchased as a backup, this has become my favorite hydration option," says leadbelly2550. "Easy to fill. I like the bite valve on this a fair bit better than the leading competitor."

Traveler2133 Wins Hydrapak Hydration Pack for Gear Review

Congratulations to Traveler2133, our gear review winner of a Hydrapak Jolla, an 18-liter hydration pack for trail rides, hikes, or the daily commute.

Review: Optimus Heat Pouch

"This pot cozy is extremely well made and thought out," says john261, who made all his previous pot cozies. "Top quality with pockets to keep hands warm while eating. Works very well indeed."

Review: Six Moon Designs Starlite Pack

"Better at carrying heavy loads than other lightweight packs I have used and weighs very little more than all but the very lightweight packs," says Pika. "I recommend the Starlite for a through hiker or a person who starts trips with heavy loads."

Trip Report: Newfoundland Backpacking

Guyd and the family hike the beautiful Green Garden Trail and Snug Harbour Trail in Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Review: Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter

"If all backpacking equipment could be simplified and lightened with the excellent results Sawyer has achieved with the filter itself, people could 'float' down the trail," says second gear.

Review: MSR Surelock UL-3 Poles

"Excellent, sturdy, lightweight trekking pole that collapses small, stores easily, does its job well, and looks darn nice, too!" says JimDoss.

What Does Backpacking Mean to You?

Working in outdoor retail gets Ian thinking about why people backpack. "Words can't adequately describe the stars at night in the desert. I don't think anything can compare to the feelings of absolute freedom and independence," he says. Why do you backpack?

Dry Bags or Pack Cover?

"How do you keep your kit dry?" asks hotdogman. Dry bags, pack covers, a poncho, trash bags, some combination? How do you keep out the wet?

Review: LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot

"Put your tent over this cot and enjoy dry comfort inside your tent, even in a 5-inch all-night rain," says Mark Jones. "When it's cold put your Therm-a-Rest over that and sleep like you're at rocks, no wet tent bottoms."

The Stove Blew Up!

Trailjester's "good ole" Coleman butane stove blew up with a jet of yellow flame coming out the shutoff valve and melting the knob. Share your own stove blowup stories.

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