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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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October 14, 2013

Does it feel like an early winter is coming? It does to me! This means it will be time to venture out into to white stuff soon. If you plan to pitch anything on the snow and you want it to be there when you wake up, you’ll probably want to invest in a set of snow stakes. Here’s a…

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November 28, 2012

REI is a big-box style outdoor manufacturer and retailer based in the US (most goods imported) and most of us are familiar with them. Today I’m going to share my experience with their Kimtah rain jacket which is primarily constructed of eVent, a high-end waterproof breathable material. Specs eVent/Nylon construction Front zipper with storm flap Dual zippered front pockets Zippered…

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June 15, 2012

Hi there, Friend. So which kind of backpacker are you… an Extended Trip Backpacker? An Occasional Backpacker? Or, are you a Lightweight Backpacker? WHAAAT?!? This is the question that REI poses to would-be customers on their their new Backpacking Collections feature. I like REI, really, I do, but this is troubling. Admittedly one can throw together a pretty decent lightweight…

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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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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…

Read the PostFour Ways with Trekking Poles