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Alexandra Wins Stio Vescent Soft Shell Jacket

Congratulations, Alexandra! For sharing a review of your Osprey Exos 46 pack, you've won a Vescent soft shell jacket, thanks to Stio ($229 value).

Meet Earth Pig, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Earth Pig, Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month! A Nebraska backpacker whose gear reviews were the highest rated in October, Earth Pig wins a Gerber MP1 multi-tool, plus a gear goodie pack.

John Wins Patagonia EVERLong and Activist Shoes

Congratulations, jboothmtnbkr! For sharing a review of your Mountainsmith Circuit 3.0, you've shoes to run and shoes to chill, thanks to Patagonia ($195 value).

Trailspace Updates: Cameras, Apps, Thousands of Products

We've added an Electronics category for your camera and outdoor app reviews, added thousands of new fall and winter products, and provided more gear and review sorting options. Here's a roundup of developments from the past month at Trailspace.

How We Fight Fraud

We value honesty at Trailspace. But, while people increasingly turn to online consumer reviews, by next year one in 10 Internet reviews could be a fake. Here's what we do to prevent fraud on Trailspace.

Rob Wins Fire, Lights, Knife from Industrial Revolution

Congratulations, Rob! For sharing a review of your Danner Mountain Light II boots, you've won loads of gear to light and ignite, thanks to Industrial Revolution ($250 value).

Protecting the Most Famous Trail: Q&A with Ron Tipton

We talk with Ron Tipton, executive director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and learn what it's like to protect and maintain "the world’s most famous long-distance hiking trail."

Elisa and Davis Win Head-to-Toe SmartWool Layers

Congratulations, DRMeschke and Elisa! For sharing reviews of your Scarpa Crux approach shoes and Black Diamond Momentum AL harness, you've each won a head-to-toe baselayer outfit from SmartWool ($250 value).

Trailspace Updates: New About, Login, Review Forum

We've added a new About Trailspace page and Review Tips forum, tweaked the login, sped up page loading, listened to community feedback, and more. Here's a roundup of developments from the past month.

Meet Peter1955, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations, Peter, Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month! An avid hiker whose gear reviews were among the highest rated in September, Peter wins a pair of Hillsound Super Armadillo Nano Gaiters, plus a gear goodie pack.

Q&A with PCTA Trail Rep and Advocate, Anitra Kass

Anitra Kass, thru-hiking Triple Crowner turned trail volunteer, helps protect, preserve, and promote the southern 700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail as Southern California Regional Representative for the PCTA.

Meet Joseph Renow, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations, Joseph, Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month! An avid paddler whose gear reviews were among the highest rated in August, Joseph wins a goodie pack from Kind, Klymit, and Trailspace.

Patti Wins Spot Global Phone for Reviewing Her Gear

Congratulations, Patti LePoidevin! For sharing a review of your Deuter Aircontact backpack, you've won a SPOT Global Satellite Phone and two months of free airtime ($500 value).

Q&A with Kerry McClay, SnowSchool Director for Winter Wildlands Alliance

Kerry McClay has a passion for outdoor experiences, and as director of Winter Wildlands Alliance's SnowSchool he gets kids outdoors and on snowshoes to learn about winter ecology and snow-science.

Meet HornRimmedHiker, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Eric, July Reviewer of the Month! Thanks to the Trailspace community, Eric's gone from car camper to solo backpacker in three months and given back by publishing 18 reviews in July alone. He wins a goodie pack of gear from A3, Ibex, Innate, ProBar, and Trailspace.

David Baker Wins $300 Gear Spree from Tahoe Mountain Sports

Congratulations, David Baker! For sharing a review of your Keen Men's Newport H2 sandals, you've won a $300 shopping spree from Tahoe Mountain Sports.

Ach Wins $250 Shopping Spree to Isis

Congratulations, Ach! For sharing a review of your Lowa Renegade boots, you've won a $250 shopping spree on outdoor performance clothing from Isis.

A $2K Tent, Self-Motivated Headlamp, More Gear News

A $2,000 Cuben tent from Easton, a headlamp with "optic motility" from Snow Peak, plus final gear highlights from brands exhibiting at summer Outdoor Retailer.

Fuel Cells, Titanium Frames, and Waterproof Sleeping Bags

PowerTrekk turns water into electricity. Vargo revives the external frame pack with titanium. Montane makes a totally waterproof sleeping bag. Day three of Outdoor Retailer was a parade of technological innovation.

Outdoor Innovators Speak

Outdoor Retailer always promises unique innovations — and plenty enthusiastic product designers, brand managers, and PR reps eager to show them off. Here are just a few of them, in their own words.

Keeping it Light with NEMO, Patagonia, and Sea to Summit

Gear gets lighter every year, but NEMO, Patagonia, and Sea to Summit strike the balance between lightweight performance and comfort with these new products.

OR Day One: Around the Foot, Side, and Kitchen

Day One on the Outdoor Retailer show floor turned up a number of innovations, from breathable footwear to stable hydration and a slick cook system.

2650-Mile Socks, Shapeshifting Shoes, and Packs that Adjust on the Fly

A pack whose torso length can be adjusted without taking it off, a shoe with a unique body, and socks built to endure 2,650 miles of pounding. Day one of Outdoor Retailer brought a parade of wonders.

Outdoor Retailer: You Recognize Trailspace's Top Gear

We're scouting Outdoor Retailer in search of the most interesting outdoor gear for testing, reviews, and giveaways. But you'll already find real-world proven, top gear right here on Trailspace, thanks to you!

OR Demo Day: Scorching Stoves, Thermoelectric Power, and Rapid Inflation Pads

Jetboil introduces a scorching 10,000 BTU stove. FlameStower offers another thermoelectric power-generating stove. And Windcatcher promises "rapid inflation technology" with its air pad.

Outdoor Retailer: The Start of a Gear Relationship

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market opens this week with 1,300 brands exhibiting outdoor gear, apparel, footwear, and accessories. It's a heady gear experience. Follow along with our show coverage.

HornRimmedHiker Wins AAC Membership and Mountainsmith Pack

Congratulations, HornRimmedHiker! For sharing a review of your Light My Fire Spork, you've won an American Alpine Club membership and Mountainsmith Mountainlight Scream 25 backpack for your backcountry adventures ($150 total value).

Q&A with American Alpine Club's Whitney Orban

Meet Whitney Orban, climber, writer, advocate, and Content Manager for the American Alpine Club, and learn what it's like to work for the nation's oldest and most prominent climbing organization.

Your Gear Reviews Are Focus of Updated Product Pages

We've redesigned the product pages on Trailspace, putting the focus of each product where it belongs—on your first-hand, real-world reviews and ratings. We've also added some new features, to help you find the outdoor gear info you want faster.

Gear Reviews & Outdoor Stewardship: Why We're 1% for the Planet Members

Ever notice that 1% for the Planet logo at the bottom of every Trailspace page and wonder what it means? Learn why we're member of 1% FTP and what outdoor nonprofits we support.

Meet PNW John, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to PNW John, our June Reviewer of the Month! John's recent gear reviews have been among the highest-rated by the Trailspace community. He wins a goodie pack of gear from Innate, A3, Kind, ProBar, Headsweats, and Trailspace.

Bojib Wins Big Agnes Air Core Pad and Pumphouse

Congratulations, Bojib! For sharing your review of your Coleman SunDome 4 tent, you've won an Insulated Air Core sleeping pad and a Pumphouse dry sack/pad pump, thanks to Big Agnes (up to $150 total value).

James McEnaney Wins Kelty Gunnison 3.2 Tent

Congratulations, James McEnaney! For sharing your review of your Lowe Alpine Airzone 35, you've won a Gunnison 3.2 tent, thanks to Kelty (worth $250).

To Write the Best Backpack Reviews Answer 3 Questions

When buying a backpack, people want to know how it will fit, feel, and hold their gear. Give those details, and you'll help other hikers, backpackers, climbers, skiers, trail runners, and paddlers find the right pack for their next backcountry adventures.

Meet Bill Heiser, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Bill Heiser, Trailspace's May Reviewer of the Month! The community rated Bill's gear reviews (and Bill's reputation score) the highest in May. He wins a goodie pack of gear from A3, Ibex, Injinji, Kind, ProBar, and Trailspace.

Leave No Trace Helps Kids Reach the P.E.A.K.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. In classrooms and online, its PEAK program reaches elementary students and teaches them how to minimize impacts.

Chaos in Motion Wins a Hyperlite Mountain Gear Pack

Congratulations, chaos in motion! For sharing your review of your Leatherman Skeletool, you've won a lightweight 2400 Southwest Pack, thanks to Hyperlite Mountain Gear (worth $260).

11 Tips for the Best Outdoor Gear Reviews

Whether you're reviewing your 20-year-old backpack, the latest solid fuel stove, or any other outdoor equipment, clothing, or footwear, follow these tips to write the best outdoor gear reviews.

Bill S Wins a Montane Mountain Star Jacket

Congratulations, Bill S! For sharing your review of your Platypus GravityWorks Filter System, you've won a lightweight Mountain Star windshirt, thanks to Montane (worth $84).

Meet FromSagetoSnow, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to FromSagetoSnow (aka Jeff), our latest reviewer of the month. For his Review Corps review of the insulated Rab Strata Hoodie, Jeff wins a goodie pack from GU, ProBar, A3 Action Snax, and Trailspace.

Celebrate National Trails Day on June 1

Join American Hiking Society and thousands of others on Saturday, June 1, for National Trails Day. Come together to explore, learn about, and celebrate America’s trails.

HikesWithHendrix Wins Clikstand Sierra Cookset Combo

Congratulations, HikesWithHendrix! For sharing your review of your K2 Panoramic Splitboard Kit, you've won a Sierra Combo cookset, thanks to Clikstand (worth $69.95).

Gear Discounts for Trailspace Members through April 30

Want to save 10 to 20 percent on gear for summer? We've got special discounts from CampSaver, Massey’s Outfitters, Rock/Creek, and Tahoe Mountain Sports. But, only through April 30.

Introducing Reviewer Reputation

Today we're introducing reviewer reputation: a rough measurement of each member's standing within the Trailspace community, based on the quantity and quality of their contributions.

Jason Ruff Wins Sierra Designs DriDown Zissou

Congratulations, Jason! For sharing your review of your Asolo TPS 535 hiking boots, you've won a DriDown Zissou 12 sleeping bag, thanks to Sierra Designs ($270 value!).

Move from Gym to Crag with the Access Fund

Want to make the transition from rock gym to crag? The Access Fund offers up advice for responsible outdoor climbing practices that help preserve climbing access.

Meet Bigger Al, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Bigger Al, our latest reviewer of the month. For his review of the Starbucks VIA Ready Brew, Al wins a goodie pack of gear from Innate, ProBar, Nature's Coffee Kettle, and Trailspace.

Black Diamond Brings Apparel Line for 2013

Iconic equipment manufacturer Black Diamond is launching a new line of technical mountain apparel with high-end fabrics, built-in RECCO reflectors, and classic style.

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