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Okay, I’ll admit it: years ago, I would never have been qualified to tell you what to bring on a day hike. I used to set off on trails completely unprepared for the twists and turns that lay ahead. I’ve left my rain jacket in my car, and hiked unsuspectingly into chilling alpine storms. […]
Price: $279 MSRP – Check Price on Montbell Keri’s Rating: 4.8 of 5 stars Pros: Great weight to warmth ratio; practically waterproof; extremely comfortable Cons: No internal zippered pockets; a tad bulky for ultralight backpacking Weight: 13.8 oz Men’s Model: Permafrost Light Down Parka Lighter Option: Alpine Light Down Parka: 12 oz Budget Option: Highland Parka: $149 […]
You’re at the complete mercy of Mother Nature when backpacking into the wilderness. Volatile weather, sparse water sources, steep and brutal terrain — its all a fact of life in the unpredictable backcountry. Harsh conditions push your backpacking gear to the limits, and it’s essential to prepare yourself with the best possible equipment. If you’re […]
Price: $200 MSRP – Check Price on Amazon Noel’s Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars Pros: Extremely comfortable, lots of useful features, great airflow between back and bag Cons: Not very durable, mesh loosens after time, lid is hard to access Weight: New Model: 37 oz (1.05 kg) My Model: 41 oz (1.16 kg) Volume: 48 L Lighter Option: Zpacks Arc Blast: […]
Price: $230 MSRP – Check Price on Amazon Noel’s Rating: 4.6 of 5 stars Pros: Very comfortable; no break-in period; excellent ankle support, traction Cons: Relatively expensive; potential durability concerns Weight: 52.6 oz (1.49 kg) Women’s Model: Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Lighter Option: Salomon X Ultra Mid 3 GTX: 36.5 oz (1.04 kg) Budget Option: Merrell Moab 2 […]
I’ve spent years assembling the best ultralight backpacking gear setup for my multi-day hikes into the wilderness, and I’d love to share my 2020 list with you. Why? Because the gear you bring along backpacking will make or break your trip. I know because I’ve learned this lesson the hard way. During a naive […]