Backpacking Gear

October 14, 2011

When it comes to safety your Mom would say “you can never be too safe!”. Mom is always right of course. So, you can run over to the local outdoor sporting goods store and buy a pre-packaged medical kit, or you can build your own which is what we’re going to talk about today. What should I have in my…

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September 22, 2011

We recently took a look at three ultralight 2-person tents to see how they measured up. We’re back at it again, this time we’re working with three popular ‘mainstream’ options: The Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2, the MSR Hubba Hubba 2P, and the REI Quarter Dome T2. Each of these tents can comfortably sleep two, they all have 2 side…

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August 19, 2011

For those of you looking to make a departure from the mainstream 2-person tents to shed some weight while still retaining creature comforts we suggest taking a look these three duo’s offered up from the cottage gear industry. We’re looking at the Double Rainbow by Tarptent, the Duo Wedge by Lightheart Gear, and the Lunar Duo by Six Moon Designs.…

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June 14, 2011

Pump it, stir it, nuke it, suck it. Yep, there are plenty of ways to make clean water; each with their pro’s and con’s. The following setup is low tech, doubles as a hydration pack, and provides a means of caching up to 6L of water with one trip to the water source. It’s not the absolute lightest option, however…

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May 30, 2011

You could say this is more of a roundup than a review (see, I just said it). How about we just take a look at 4 different sets of poles and see how they stack up against each other? When I opened the gear closet and everything piled out on top of me I grabbed the first four sets of…

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