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March 6, 2015

Did the title of this post throw you off? Maybe you thought it was going to be some sort of farewell post? Pfff… no way! We won’t have any fancy photos or other such eye candy for you today, however the subject matter is important stuff none the less. Let’s take a minute to recognize excellence of a handful of…

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May 21, 2014

Back in 2011 I posted some thoughts about a few popular lightweight trekking poles. Today we’re going to take a look back at those, see how they’ve fared, and take a look at a few more options. All the lengths and weights posted here are as-measured. Ok, let’s get straight to it, shall we? Looking Back For those who missed…

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February 14, 2014

Man oh man, this winter has been a strange one! Well it depends on your locale of course, but here in California we had some nice early snow, then nothing… not a drop for months. We did see some unusually cold temperatures which sort of made us cringe and not want to go outside. In other parts of the US,…

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April 9, 2012

This is the third part of our Cuben Fiber Roundup series. For this part we’ll focus on the Khufu shelter by Locus Gear. Overview The Khufu is a floorless pyramid shelter that provides spacious room for the solo hiker or just enough room to sleep two. The illustration below should give you a pretty good idea of what the Khufu…

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March 2, 2012

Cuben Fiber has made a big splash in the ultralight backpacking scene with everything from rainwear, to backpacks, and shelters being made from it now. As more hikers and backpackers venture from the mainstream into the world of niche products, Cuben Fiber becomes a fairly common alternative to silnylon and other ‘traditional’ lightweight materials. This article will be the first…

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August 26, 2011

Jotaro Yoshida is the founder, owner, concept man, and field tester behind Locus Gear of Japan. He’s a super nice guy who has an obvious passion for hiking and lightweight gear. Some of Jotaro’s interesting shelter designs first caught our attention a few months ago when they were mentioned on the forums over at BackpackingLight.com. We’re very happy that he…

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