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Welcome, Ashleigh and G00SE, Our Newest Moderators

Welcome and thank you to Ashleigh and G00SE, our newest community moderators! They join Gonzan, Mike, and Tom D in welcoming, guiding, and assisting community members. Keep Reading »

Win a $500 Gear Shopping Spree to CampSaver

Thanks to CampSaver, one lucky Trailspace member is going to win a $500 gear shopping spree. Yup, $500 to spend on whatever hiking, climbing, running, or camping gear you choose. Keep Reading »

Q&A with Dana Gerschel, Director of the American Alpine Club Library

From the main stacks to the rare book room, the American Alpine Club Library is a mountaineer's treasure trove of beta. Dana Gerschel oversees this alpine info as its Library Director. Keep Reading »

Meet Bentbrook, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations, Bentbrook, Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month. The North Carolina backpacker, geocacher and animal tracker wins an American Alpine Club membership and benefits, plus a prize pack of outdoor goodies. Keep Reading »

Win $500 Gift Card to CampSaver by Reviewing Your Gear

We're giving one member 500 dollars to gear up for summer, thanks to CampSaver! Review your outdoor gear now through Sunday, June 1, to be entered. Keep Reading »

Reviewer Bill Garlinghouse Wins Old Town Kayak Package

Congratulations to community member Bill "L.Dog" Garlinghouse! Bill just won a paddling package, including an Old Town kayak, Carlisle paddle, and Extrasport PFD ($880 value) for sharing his reviews. Keep Reading »

Last Week: Enter to Win Old Town Kayak, Paddle, PFD

In just one week, one Trailspace member will win a complete paddling package, including an Old Town Camden 106 kayak, a Carlisle Magic Plus paddle, and an Extrasport Equinox DLX PFD. Keep Reading »

Win an $880 Old Town Kayak and Paddling Package

With three-quarters of the Earth's surface covered by water, why restrict your outdoor adventures to land? Thanks to Johnson Outdoors, we're outfitting one lucky member with a paddling package worth $880! Keep Reading »

Q&A with Winter Wildlands Policy Director, Cailin O'Brien-Feeney

We talk with Cailin O'Brien-Feeney, Policy Director for the Winter Wildlands Alliance, about what it means to advocate for the winter backcountry and the human-powered snowsports enthusiast. Keep Reading »

Review Your Outdoor Gear to Win an Old Town Kayak

Want to get out on the water in your own kayak? Review your gear and you're entered to win a paddling package worth $880, including an Old Town kayak, Carlisle paddle, and Extrasport PFD. Keep Reading »

Meet LoneStranger, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations, LoneStranger, Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month. An avid Maine backpacker and cyclist, John wins a pair of Topo Athletic MT trail running shoes, plus goodies from A3, Clif, Innate, Kind, and Trailspace. Keep Reading »

No Joke: Win a Kayaking Package from Johnson Outdoors

Review your outdoor gear now through Tuesday, April 29, and you could win a complete paddling package, including an Old Town Camden 106 kayak, Carlisle paddle, and Extrasport PFD ($880 value). Keep Reading »

Reviewer Ben Rivers Wins Osprey Aether Backpack

Congratulations, Ben! You've won an Aether 70 backpack, thanks to Osprey ($290 value), for sharing your ENO tarp review. Have fun exploring Tennessee with your new backpack. Keep Reading »

Last Week: Review Your Gear to Win an Osprey Pack

What's your favorite or least favorite piece of gear? Tell us about it in a review this week and you're entered to win an Aether 70 or Ariel 65 backpack from Osprey ($290 value). Keep Reading »

Review Your Gear to Win an Osprey Aether or Ariel Pack

Hit the mountains and trails for longer with a pack from Osprey's "bestselling backpacking series on the market." Review your outdoor gear and you could win an Aether 70 or Ariel 65 ($290 value). Keep Reading »

Happy 13th Birthday, Trailspace!

Happy 13th Birthday, Trailspace! A huge thanks goes out to everyone who has been a part of Trailspace since we launched back on March 14, 2001. Keep Reading »

Meet David Drake, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations, David Drake, Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month. An avid Arizona backpacker and multisport enthusiast, David wins a pair of Hillsound crampons, plus goodies from A3, Clif, Innate, Kind, NiteIze, and Trailspace. Keep Reading »

Win an Aether 70 or Ariel 65 Backpack from Osprey

Review your outdoor gear now through Sunday, March 30, and you could win your own Aether 70 (men's) or Ariel 65 (women's) pack, thanks to Osprey ($290 value). Keep Reading »

Trailspace Updates: Site Nav, Nonprofits, Mobile, More

Improvements to navigation and the mobile site, charitable contributions to our nonprofit partners, a trip to Outdoor Retailer: Here's what Trailspace has been up to. Keep Reading »

Meet G00SE, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations, G00SE (aka Jeffery Gosnell), Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month! An Illinois caver, backpacker, and hammock hanger, G00SE wins a prize pack for having the highest rated gear reviews in January. Keep Reading »

Full Gear Coverage from Outdoor Retailer Winter 2014

In January, Trailspace was on the scene at Outdoor Retailer, where the latest gear, apparel, and footwear for winter 2014-15 was announced. Here's our coverage recap. Keep Reading »

Black Diamond Introduces First Jet-Fan Avy Airbags

Black Diamond has entered the avalanche airbag market with a new technology that uses one of the oldest methods of moving air—a fan. Plus, backcountry leaders on safety gear and responsibility. Keep Reading »

Reviewer Herdingcats Wins Light and Motion GoBe+ Light

Congratulations, Herdingcats! For sharing a review of your Columbia Hells Peak LTR Outdry boots, you've won a waterproof GoBe+ flashlight, thanks to Light and Motion ($299 value). Keep Reading »

BioLite Turns Stoves into Generators and Powers Group Gadgets

BioLite, which makes camp stoves that charge electronics, has two new power products: a BaseCamp stove for groups and a Packable Generator that works with any stove. Keep Reading »

Last Week: Review Your Gear to Win a Waterproof GoBe+

It's the final week to enter to win a waterproof GoBe+ 700 Spot light, thanks to Light & Motion ($299 value). Review your outdoor gear today through Sunday, February 2, and you're entered to win. Keep Reading »

Arc'teryx Hybrid Shells, Vapur After Hours: OR Day 4

Arc'teryx designs hybrid shell jackets and pants for backcountry skiers and climbers. Vapur brings the After Hours beverages. Join us for Day 4 of Outdoor Retailer. Keep Reading »

BD Apparel, Easton Snowshoes, Bergans Ski Touring: OR Day 3

Black Diamond's women's apparel, ski touring from Bergans, composite molded snowshoes from Easton, alpine packs from Lowe Alpine, down hoodies from Rab, fast jackets from Salomon, and a waterproof, ice-gripping Vibram FiveFingers running shoe. Keep Reading »

One-Piece Jacket, Dial-a-Headlamp, Electrifying Gloves: OR Day 3

A jacket made from one sheet of North Face waterproof-breathable fabric, a Princeton Tec headlamp that switches modes with a dial, and new Outdoor Research gloves that include electric heat. Join us for Day 3 of Outdoor Retailer. Keep Reading »

Touchy Headlamp, Performance Down, Spiky Shoes: OR Day 2

A swipe-to-shine Nite Ize headlamp, down-synthetic PrimaLoft blends, spiky IceBug running shoes, and CamelBak packs. Join us for more from Day 2 of Outdoor Retailer. Keep Reading »

Winter Packs, Trail Runners, American Made: OR Day 2

Packs for backcountry skiing, rando, summit pushes, and expeditions. Nano skis and winter trail runners and hikers. American-made bars for dogs, fine mountain wear, and merino wool socks: Day 2 of Outdoor Retailer. Keep Reading »

Origami Stove, Rocket Snowshoes, Toasty Rain Coats: OR Day 1

An origami-inspired stove, a snow saw with built-in avalanche hazard analysis tools, a carbon fiber snowshoe that weighs less than a paperback, and insulated down-filled rain jackets: more action from Day 1 of Outdoor Retailer. Keep Reading »

Cooking without Fire, Lightest Ski Helmet: OR Day 1

Cooking without fire, the lightest snow sport helmet, an AT boot that automatically switches from walk to ski mode, a new packraft, plus insulation and footwear. Check out some highlights from Day 1 of Outdoor Retailer. Keep Reading »

Outdoor Retailer Demo Day: A Winter Wonderland of Gear

Outdoor Retailer's Demo Day was packed with winter gear, including a hybrid touring snowshoe/ski, a ski for your fat bike, and new shovels from MSR. Keep Reading »

Follow us at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

Trailspace is at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market this week. Follow our coverage here, on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and on Trailspace's YouTube channel. Keep Reading »

Congratulations, Trailspace's 2013 Top Reviewers

Congratulation to Trailspace's top reviewers of 2013! Meet the individuals most recognized by fellow community members for their helpful, informative gear reviews. Keep Reading »

Review Your Gear to Win a Waterproof GoBe+ Light

You don't have to go underwater to appreciate the waterproof GoBe+ 700 Spot handheld light, but it wouldn't hurt. Review your outdoor gear today and you could win your own 700-lumen GoBe+, thanks to Light & Motion ($299 value), for use on land or under water. Keep Reading »

Meet Staci Williams, Waccamaw River Blue Trail Coordinator at American Rivers

We talk with Staci Williams, Waccamaw River Blue Trail Coordinator for American Rivers, and learn what a Blue Trail is and why clean, healthy rivers are important not only for recreation, but for communities. Keep Reading »

Win a $300 GoBe+ Light from Light & Motion

Review your outdoor gear now through Sunday, February 2, and you could win your own GoBe+ 700 Spot, a 700-lumen, modular, handheld light, thanks to Light & Motion ($299 value). Keep Reading »

Meet Megan, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Megan (aka MrsMustard), Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month! A Florida paddler and backpacker whose gear reviews were the highest rated in December, Megan wins a Rand McNally Foris 850 GPS receiver, plus a goodie pack. Keep Reading »

Reviewer JD Tanner Wins $300 Innate Gear Prize

Congratulations, JD Tanner! For sharing a review of your The North Face Casimir backpack, you've won a package of outdoor and travel gear worth $300, thanks to Innate. Keep Reading »

Merry Christmas to You!

Merry Christmas to all of our Trailspace friends! May your holidays and the year to come be filled with peace, joy, and adventure outdoors with family and friends. Keep Reading »

Last Week to Review Your Gear to Win $300 Innate Prize

Review your gear now through Sunday, December 29, and you could win weatherproof stuff sacks, vacuum food containers, a trekking umbrella, and more outdoor and travel gear, thanks to Innate ($300 total prize value). Keep Reading »

Win $300 Worth of Innate Gear to Sip, Snack, Stow

Review your outdoor gear now through Sunday, December 29, and you could win weatherproof stuff sacks, vacuum food containers, and even more gear, thanks to Innate ($300 total prize value). Keep Reading »

John261 Wins $300 Adventure Medical Kits Prize Pack

Congratulations, John261! For sharing a review of your Yellowstone Fast Boil Backpacker Pot, you've won a package of winter survival and first aid gear, thanks to Adventure Medical Kits ($300 value). Keep Reading »

Meet XterroBrando, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to XterroBrando, Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month! A California multi-sport enthusiast whose gear reviews were the highest rated in November, XterroBrando wins a pair of custom Keen H2 sandals, plus a gear goodie pack. Keep Reading »

Trailspace Updates: Gear Deals, More Sharp Stuff, Flagging

Research axes, saws, and shovels in an expanded Knives and Tools category. Flag problematic posts. Find the best gear and save money, and more. Here's a roundup from the past month of site developments, updates, and new features. Keep Reading »

Review Your Gear to Win $300 AMK Winter Survival Prize

Review your outdoor gear today and you could win a stupendous selection of essential survival and first aid gear for winter, thanks to Adventure Medical Kits ($300 value). Keep Reading »

Give a Gift Membership and Support Outdoor Nonprofits

It's Giving Tuesday. This year, how about protecting a favorite or threatened trail, climbing area, river, or wildland? A gift membership to an outdoor nonprofit has an impact that lasts far beyond the holiday season. Keep Reading »

Win $300 Worth of Winter Survival Equipment from AMK

Review your outdoor gear now through Sunday, December 15, and you could win winter survival, shelter, and first aid essentials, thanks to Adventure Medical Kits ($300 total prize value). Keep Reading »

Rand McNally Foris 850 GPS Receiver Winner

Thanks to Rand McNally, we recently gave away a Foris 850 GPS receiver ($199 value) to one lucky gear reviewer and member. Keep Reading »

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