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Titanium Cookset - 1650ml

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a great sized set, because I like to cook real meals on trips and this will accommodate 1-2 people without being bulky. It is ridiculously lightweight, of course, being Ti (6.5oz total), but is large enough to hold a 225g fuel canister, and my soon to purchase Primus Alpine Titanium Stove (when I find one used). It will also hold some filler food packets. Protective case included is a nice touch. I tested the set's abilities at home with my Primus ETA power EF stove (minus windscreen, of… Full review

Shift Element Softshell Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars Jacket is awesome. Runs small by most standards. It is light, breathable, and has an athletic fit that is perfect for trail running in cold weather or good for hanging out in slightly cool temps. Just the running jacket I have been looking for and at an great price. Wears well and still looks new. I have no complaints except the color I picked but that is my poor taste and not a functional issue. Full review

Shift Softshell Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars I really didn't need another jacket, but have wanted a softshell for a while. I'm partial to Mountain Hardwear stuff, but when the Backcountry Shift came up on their outlet site for just under $50, I couldn't pass it up. The Shift has gotten great reviews on their site with many users comparing it favorably to some Arc'teryx softshells for way less cash. Like Arc'teryx, BC uses Polartec Power Shield for the Shift and it's even made in Canada. As this is being written in late June, I can't say much… Full review

Shift Composite Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars I've had this jacket for about a year now and it has more than surpassed my expectations, especially for the price I paid for it. The jacket is made of the same material that is in the more expensive softshells, Polertec Powershield. It is's composite jacket, which means it is made of two different thickness Polartec material. On the inside of the sleeves and abdomen area, is the lighter, thinner, less stretchy version. The outside of the arms, chest, and entire back are the real-deal,… Full review

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