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Nomad Nutrition Indian Red Lentil Stew

A tasty Indian stew that reminds me of a classic (but slightly less spicy) Dal. As I’ve written with the other Nomad reviews: this is my new favorite brand of… Full Review »

Patagonia Provisions Organic Savory Grains Mushroom + KAMUT

This is a tasty organic grain blend with a nice earthy flavor and good protein (15 grams per package). I think its best suited as a side dish. Fishermen, this would… Full Review »

Smartwool Women's PhD Ultra Light Sport Jacket

The Smartwool PhD Ultra Light Sport Jacket is an extremely lightweight, portable, and comfortable shell for chill and windy days that might also include a little… Full Review »

Feathered Friends Swift

I purchased this Swift at the FF store across from REI about 1998. The Swift is light, compresses well, and holds up to a great deal of abuse. It has kept me comfortably… Full Review »

Dutchware Hookworm

Less than a gram, but these tiny titanium hooks make a huge impact. Super fast setup, adjustment, and take down are the norm with these on your shelter tie outs. Full Review »

Dutchware Continuous Ridgeline

As usual, Dutchware took something simple and made it even simpler. 35' of ridgeline with a Dutch Hook on one end plus a Dutch Tarp Wasp that goes wherever you… Full Review »

La Sportiva Men's Bushido

Plain and simple, I love my Bushidos! Great combination of a lightweight, durable, and protective shoe that performs magically on some very technical terrain. I'd… Full Review »

MSR Titan Kettle

The MSR Titan tea kettle had been on my wish list for a couple years. I finally broke down and made the purchase. I have not been disappointed. The ti kettle is… Full Review »

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season

A comfortable and reliable insulated air mattress, good on cold ground down to about 0˚C. Our pair has served us well over the last five years. We (my wife and… Full Review »

Winomo Ankle Gaiter

Excellent value. Even with a few shortcomings, keep debris and water out of boots. Reparable. This is my first pair of modern gaiters (long ago I had a pair of… Full Review »

Black Diamond HeavyWeight ScreenTap Fleece Gloves

These form fitted gloves are comfortable and pair well with a shell. The screen tap finger and thumb work consistently well as long as they are dry. They are lightweight. Full Review »

Marmot Taku

The Taku is a Goretex, single-walled tube style tent made to keep the cold out and the warmth in. The lack of vestibule, inability to free-stand, and leaky floor… Full Review »

Eddie Bauer First Ascent Guide Gloves

An insulated, (mostly) leather glove which balances warmth with excellent dexterity. Adequate weather protection for all but the worst weather, very high durability… Full Review »

Garmin fenix 5X Sapphire

A complex, high functionality watch that blew me away with all of its features! For three weeks now I've enjoyed getting more out of my trail runs, hikes, treadmill… Full Review »

Nomad Nutrition Irish Shepherd's Pie

A very familiar tasting and well-balanced meal, this one is like the backpacking equivalent of comfort food. A great bonus is the 225 calories per ounce which is… Full Review »

Klymit Massdrop x Klymit Ultralight V

This pad was specially made for Massdrop, and was an excellent deal at $60. Although it has a lot of good qualities (high R-value, light, easy inflation/deflation),… Full Review »

MSR FreeLite 1

This is a very light tent that packs small. It's not for people who like to have a roomy tent, but there is room to keep your pack and other things either inside… Full Review »

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Pods

Want to have the best organized pack, ability to unpack fast, pack fast in any weather condition, then these pods are for you. Organization is so good that I only… Full Review »

Nooz Optics Rectangular Reading Glasses

Nooz Optics reading glasses aren't designed for backpackers, but they hit all the right notes: lightweight, comfortable, incredibly easy one-handed use, versatile,… Full Review »

Merrell Energis Mid Waterproof

Great fit right out of the box, men's size 10. Good enough for wet trails that aren't ankle deep in water. For men's size 10, average arch, a great fit right off… Full Review »

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