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July 4, 2012

Bosavi may not be a familiar name but, as backers of the project, we’re hoping that will change soon. Bosavi is Dan Freschl’s dream. Dan has set out to create a headlamp so choc full of awesome that a person would never need to look further. Dan’s way into rock climbing, but of course headlamps are used by most of…

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April 30, 2012

If you’re reading this then chances are you’ve discovered the joy of quilts, maybe curious about switching from a sleeping bag to something more comfortable, or it could be that you’re just interested in hearing more about the thriving Cottage Industry of the lightweight backpacking world. Whichever case it may be, this interview with Enlightened Equipment should satisfy your thirst…

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April 13, 2012

Robert Kelly, a.k.a. QiWiz UL Gear, has been making a few interesting products for weight-conscious backpackers for over a year now. QiWiz manufactures ultralight titanium wood stoves and trowels, as well as ultralight buck saws. We first caught up with Robert about a year ago when his trowels were having good success through the online forums, and in fact, we…

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December 5, 2011

So it’s the holidays and we’ve been a little lazy over here. Well not really, lots of things going on behind the scenes actually, butwe’ve been slow to post anything lately. Earlier this fall I had the chance to speak with Christopher Zimmer of Zimmerbuilt. Christopher is a backpack sewing maniac – but in a good way, of course. If…

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November 7, 2011

We’re back at it, bringing you another installment of Meet the Manufacturers. Today’s unfortunate soul… er, interviewee, is Mike St. Pierre of Hyperlite Mountain Gear (‘HMG’ to spare some bandwidth). You may have heard about HMG’s products from the likes of Backpacker Magazine and Backpacking Light. The HMG factory is cranking out some well thought out and innovative gear from…

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November 4, 2011

written by Aaron Cowan photos by Aaron Cowan edited by Jacob D Intro Hi folks. My Name is Aaron Cowan. I currently live in Pullman, WA having recently graduated from the University of Idaho with a Masters in Electrical Engineering. Photography is just a hobby but, for me, a pretty serious one. It wasn’t until college that I became interested…

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October 27, 2011

Got lightweight stoves? Trail Designs does! Today I had the opportunity to speak with Rand Lindsly, one of the co-founders of Trail Designs, and yet another engineer entered the backpacking gear industry. Rand hooks us up with some insight into the world of Cottage Industries and of course some the scoop on Trail Designs stove systems which are designed with…

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October 16, 2011

Intro When my daughter turned two and half years old, I took my family on our first backpacking trip to Yosemite carrying an eighty pound pack. Prior to this, I had taken a few backpacking trips when I was in college. However, after starting a career, getting married, buying a fixer up home, and starting a family, any dreams I…

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October 3, 2011

This summer I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to chat with both Glen Van Peski, the founder of Gossamer Gear, as well as Grant Sible who is the President of the company and involved with its daily operation. Several pieces of my own solo kit carry the Gossamer Gear logo, so needless to say I’m a fan and…

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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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