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July 18, 2011

[Update circa 2015: Little Light Gear is no longer around, but don’t let that stop you from reading this interview…] Ron Rod is the founder of Little Light Gear who specializes in backpacking gear for kids. Our top scientists were on lunch break, so we couldn’t officially test his IQ, but we’re pretty sure he’s a genius for solving an…

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June 20, 2011

Chris McMaster and his wife Sally are the co-owners of Ultralight Adventure Equipment who manufacture fully featured lightweight packs. Judging by their popularity on the trail there are quite a few ultralight adventurers out there. Whether you are hiking 2 miles or 2000 miles ULA makes the packs that will make all your adventures more enjoyable. We had a chance…

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June 16, 2011

Where in the world is Fritz Handel? In the remote woods of Iskut British Columbia of course! But he’s not just sitting on his laurels out there pondering the mountains and trees. When he isn’t out walking Fritz is hard at work building miniature pieces of metal art otherwise known as Bushbuddy Stoves. The craftsmanship on these has to be…

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May 11, 2011

Joe Valesko is a serious guy. Usually I’d say “hey lighten up!” but it just so happens that Joe is serious about ultralight hiking – a triple crowner, and he’s already way lighter than most of us. Joe’s the man behind Zpacks whose name is synanomous with ultralight backpacks and shelters as well as other accessories, specializing in Cuben Fiber…

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May 9, 2011

Update circa 2015: Devin has had several business ventures go south with an avalanche of angry customers out there – we advise strong caution if you’re considering a purchase from any of his companies. Although we don’t support the way Devin has conducted himself we will leave this interview up, which was written prior to the development of the issues…

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May 2, 2011

Judy Gross runs the show over at LightHeart Gear. The company attitude may be lighthearted but when it comes to building tents she takes her business very seriously. Judy offers a range of hybrid single wall tents for the solo hiker, duo, and even an offering for those of us who are bordering on Sasquatch status. Take a look at…

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April 22, 2011

Black Rock Gear makes hats. Ok, they make really warm, goose down hats. Alright, so they’re also super light and if you pick one up it might feel as if it’s going to fly away at any moment. Fear not though, your nugget is the perfect place for one of these fantastic garments to rest atop. Evan Cabodi is the…

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