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June 10, 2016

When you’re shaving ounces, or grams from your pack weight it’s easy to overlook stuff sacks. DCF stuff sacks are a good way to reduce weight, and if you use multiple stuff sacks for food, clothing, tent stakes, or other odds and ends you might be surprised how much switching to lightweight sacks can amount to in savings. Of course…

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March 11, 2015

The Arc Blast is an ultralight backpack featuring Cuben Fiber construction as well as a tensionable, arc-shaped carbon fiber frame manufactured by ZPacks, a smaller gear manufacturer located in Florida. ZPacks have been steadily growing in reputation and popularity among lightweight backpackers due to their line of shelters, sleeping bags/quilts, clothing, and of course backpacks. I have been hiking with…

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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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April 30, 2014

Moving right along with the Cuben Fiber Roundup 2013, we’re ready to check out the Duplex, a new two-person shelter from ZPacks. Overview Near the end of 2013 ZPacks announced several new shelter additions to their lineup – the Solplex, Duplex, and Triplex. One, two, and three-person shelters, respectively. All three of em sport a hybrid single-wall wall design, meaning…

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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 2, 2012

This is the second part of our Cuben Fiber Roundup series. Today we’re taking a look at the Hexamid Solo Plus shelter by ZPacks. Overview The Hexamid Solo Plus is the big brother to the popular Hexamid Solo shelter. The ‘Plus’ version adds more living space without going to a full blown double sized tent. For those who need more…

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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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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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