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Werner Cyprus

The greatest paddles I have ever owned—Cyprus and Kalliste Werner Paddles. Werner paddles are by far lighter than any other kayak paddles I have ever tested. Full Review »

Western Mountaineering EverLite

The Western Mountaineering EverLite is a lightweight warm-weather down sleeping bag. A versatile piece of gear, it can also be used as an inner bag or an overquilt. Full Review »

Outdoor Research Nomad Sun Hat

A very solid option for warm weather treks and keeping the sun off your face. Generous vents and lightweight fabrics also make it a very cool option due to lots… Full Review »

Eagle Creek ORV Wheeled Duffel International Carry On

This is a great International Carry On sized piece of luggage for the serious traveler. Mine had a minor failure, hence the three stars. If you get one with no… Full Review »

Sony RX0 II

This is a rare example of a super-rugged camera with excellent stills image quality. Unlike most waterproof cameras, which usually fall short of “real” cameras… Full Review »

Chaco Z/Cloud

This is Chaco’s original Z-1 Classic with a softer footbed. The sole is pretty good on both trails and wet rocks; the softer, more grippy rubber shows some wear… Full Review »

Sierra Designs Lookout CD

Please re-release the Lookout CD! I got my first Lookout CD in the early '90s and used it extensively for camping and for my work as a park ranger for two decades. Full Review »

MSR Guardian Gravity Purifier

The MSR Guardian Gravity Purifier is an all-in-one water treatment system that is ideal for groups, or people needing potable water in larger volumes. Not only… Full Review »

Balega Ultralight Crew

Very thin sock for running. Fairly good protection from friction, and stretchy fit. Fabric tends to soil and pill fairly easily. I like the socks for walking and… Full Review »

Teva Kenetic Circuit

Best sport sandals I’ve ever had. Did my first walking 5K with them and hiked thru parks. I, too, wore them from the first issue back in 1990, I think. When I… Full Review »

VauDe Mark II

Best tent I’ve owned. Served 30 hard years. Owned for over 30 years and carried on foot and by motorcycle and it never let me down. Recently, damage from an inconsiderate… Full Review »

Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite

A great company with a lifetime warranty on their camping mats, and mats that will give you a comfortable night's sleep. Therm-a-Rest are brilliant camping mats… Full Review »

Elfo Swissgold Coffee Filter

Fairly lightweight, simple to use, and makes a good coffee. The elfo swissgold coffee filter on a cup The elfo swissgold coffee filter makes a good coffee on… Full Review »

Generic Coffee Strainer

Simplest, cheapest, and almost the lightest way to make a good coffee outdoors. Generic supermarket coffee(Notice the fine mesh. Don't get a coarser tea strainer,… Full Review »

GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip

Very lightweight, but a bit fiddly to use. It can make a good coffee, though not as supplied. As I wrote in my review of the Sea to Summit X-Brew, for years I have… Full Review »

Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat

The Z-Seat is a lightweight and inexpensive piece of camp furniture. It will never replace the comfort of a camp chair, but it's also multipurpose, simple, and… Full Review »

Orca Walker 20 Cooler

The Orca Walker 20 soft-sided cooler is an easy-to-carry cooler that is built to withstand the wear-and-tear of summer trips and actually keeps contents cold for… Full Review »

Alpine Start Dairy-Free Coffee + Creamer Instant Latte

This is a medium blend coffee with NON-dairy coconut creamer added to give a few calories and ease to make creamed coffee. I wanted to see of it lived up to its… Full Review »

Marmot Strato Pillow

The Marmot Strato Pillow strikes a good balance between minimalism, comfort, and versatility. Background: I've used a variety of inflatable pillows over the years,… Full Review »

Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily Graphic Shirt

One of my recent purchases that I wish I'd bought two of them. Not sure where to start. I've used this outside, inside, all around in the past two months since… Full Review »

Outdoor Vitals Dominion 2P

The single best piece of gear I own. I have owned this tent for 3.5 years. It is very comfortable for two people. To this day after heavy use it is still waterproof… Full Review »

Outdoor Research Astroman Sun Hoodie

The OR Astroman Sun Hoodie is an extremely lightweight, long sleeve, hooded shirt designed primarily as a sun layer for climbers. However, I believe this shirt… Full Review »

Thinoptics Readers

Super lightweight reading glasses.  Anyone my age knows you need reading glasses to use a map. I got tired of carrying my glasses in a bulky, heavy case. These,… Full Review »

Jöttnar Vorn

Extremely light, adjustable, vented, and sweat resistant—color is slightly muted—but it has a trick up its sleeve when it comes to getting rid of water. I wear… Full Review »

Eagles Nest Outfitters Helios Ultralight Suspension System

The second lightest hammock suspension straps in my book, the first being Hummingbird’s Straps, 50g lighter than the Helios’. ENO offers a great alternative… Full Review »

Eureka! Suma 2

Great little tent for those starting out in the world of backpacking. Great little tent for those starting out in the world of backpacking. Cheap in price so it… Full Review »

Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket

Great protection. Good price. Well designed and made. Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket, Men's This was a gift from my daughter. She knew exactly what I wanted and… Full Review »

Outdoor Vitals Ultralight Hammock Bugnet

If I could I’d give this product a six-star rating. Or seven. This is really a godsend for my camping and backpacking stye, for the reasons I’ll explain bellow. Full Review »

Hummingbird Hammocks Single+

I’ll go straight to the record and say I really like Hummingbird stuff. They have top-level, high-end equipment that caters to my lightweight style backpacking… Full Review »

Snow Peak Kettle No.1

One of the best stainless small bushcrafting/backpacking pots on the market, with a very reasonable price of $20 USD, this Made in Japan kettle is one of the few… Full Review »

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