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July 10, 2015

The WindBurner (formerly WindBoiler before JetBoil’s protest) is an all-in-one canister stove system consisting of a burner, windscreen, pot/mug, lid, cup, and fuel canister support. It’s made by MSR and is intended to be a convenient stove system for the solo hiker that handles windy conditions without issue. I won (via a random contest entry!) a Windboiler back in 2014…

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December 12, 2014

The Circuit is a fully featured, lightweight backpack made by Ultralight Adventure Equipment (“ULA”), a medium-sized manufacturer of backpacks based in the US. ULA has a very good reputation among long distance hikers, and although I’m not one of them I have spent quite a bit of time on the trail with my Circuit. Here are my thoughts on it……

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October 13, 2014

ZeroGram is a rapidly growing manufacturer of lightweight gear based in South Korea. While less common here in the U.S. I have had the opportunity to test drive some of their products courtesy of Hyunsang Lee. I’m happy to help get the word out about their brand, and in this case my positive experience with their 900 Titanium Pot. Specs…

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September 24, 2014

Western Mountaineering is a US based gear manufacturer who focuses on premium-down products. I’ve owned their Aplinlite sleeping bag for a number of years so this article is a long time coming… Specs “Long” size (6′-6) 20* F Rating Extremelite 12D shell, 15D nylon tafetta liner, 850 fill down Full length YKK zipper, draft collar, hood with cinch adjustment Total…

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August 6, 2014

The Borah Gear Cuben Bivy is a lightweight bivy sack that’s available in several lengths/width combinations. Mine is a long-wide with Cuben Fiber (bottom) and M90 (top) with a full mesh face panel and side zipper. This is custom material combo, as Argon is what Borah Gear normally uses for the top of their Cuben Bivy’s. I’ve owned this bivy…

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November 11, 2013

The MSR WindPro is a backpacking canister stove that’s capable of much more than just boiling water. I’ve owned the WindPro since 2010, these are my thoughts about it. (This stove was recently updated by MSR, this article is about the original version. Both versions are very similar, notes on differences are at the bottom). Specs All specs as claimed…

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July 29, 2013

GoLite is a medium sized manufacturer of backpacking gear that is predominantly lightweight and employs some of the features typically associated with “ultralight” gear. The Shangri-La 5 (a.k.a. SL5) is a double wall pyramid which is claimed to sleep 5 humans. These are my thoughts about it. Specs All specs as claimed unless *noted otherwise… 9.5 ft x 9.5 ft…

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March 6, 2013

March is right around the corner here!.. but we still have plenty of winter ahead of us, plus a lot of cold spring nights. Down clothing is great insulation against the cold when the mercury ducks for cover. For backpacking trips, down can be ideal, especially when it’s being packed away until camp is made. Since down is the most…

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August 30, 2012

LightHeart Gear is a manufacturer tents based in the US. I have slept in all of their tents, so I shall divulge my experience with the SoLong6, which is their solo shelter for tall people. Specs 100″ long x 55″ wide (30″ at feet and head) x 45″ tall Hybrid double wall Single side entry 1.1 oz silnylon construction Packed…

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August 20, 2012

EnLIGHTened Equipment is a small manufacturer of quilts based in the US. Over the summer I used used their Revelation quilt for several trips. Here’s the deal… Specs 6′-6 with Wide Cut 40* F Approx Rating 15 DWR shell, 10D liner, 850 fill down Zippered foot box, full length snap closures Total weight is just over 17 ounces on my…

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