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Suunto Vector

Pros: Highly water-resistant. Easy to read digital display, containing both simple visual indicators and clear numbers. Holds altitude data accurately over time/descent/ascent, provides very accurate absolute and sea level barometric data – in terms of both overnight accumulation and change … Continue reading

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Petzl Sama Climbing Harness

Orange. Refined. Also highly breathable. According to Petzl’s advertising, masochists gave this an awful review. I can see why they would do this, as the thing barely even seems like something you would wear over your clothes – it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Big Agnes Seedhouse 2

I love talking about tents. Tents make me feel excited. Though I rarely use them (only when it’s absolutely necessary, per mosquitoes/inclement weather), I am very picky about design and little details. Big Agnes is innovating! Seriously – pole design, … Continue reading

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Petzl Corax Climbing Harness

Both Petzl and Black Diamond make climbing equipment of incredible quality. Arc’teryx also makes some really incredible lightweight harnesses – ideal for gym climbers or dedicated lightweight sport climbers. Don’t let this review influence your personal preferences too much – … Continue reading

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Sea-To-Summit Pocket Shower

Pros: Super lightweight and packable. Has a large water capacity for how small it packs. Nozzle allows for adjustable flow, and is easy to use. Cons: Doesn’t heat as fast as some similar ‘solar’ shower models. However, if left all … Continue reading

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Black Diamond Venom Ice Axe

Pros: Fairly lightweight, with a very well-balanced swing. It plunges and self-arrests very well. The slightly bent shaft provides additional clearance over snow/ice. The tech pick provides good balance between technical performance on ice/hard snow and self-arrest capability, but can … Continue reading

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Black Diamond Octane Pack

28L, 1,700 cu in. 2lbs 11oz. (size Medium) Outside Magazine’s Gear of the Year Award Winner: 2010 Pros: Lightweight, but able to carry weight easily. A lack of extraneous features and a streamlined top-loading design makes 28L feel more like … Continue reading

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Petzl Tikka XP 2 Headlamp

Pros: Lightweight, incredibly bright, competatively priced. Long battery life, but without added bulk of an external battery pack above your neck. Versatile modes – spotlight, floodlight, blinkers, and red LED for your star chart or secret missions. The recent redesign … Continue reading

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MSR Simmerlite Stove

Pros: efficient, great heat distribution, compact and light, easy field maintenance, doubles as a plastic welding torch in a pinch. Cons: takes time to prime, bulkier system than butane stoves, lots of parts that can break. My personal preference for … Continue reading

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Big Agnes Diversion Insulated Air Coreā€¦.(the green one)

It continues to surprise me just how few of my outdoorsy friends have even heard of the Big Agnes air core sleeping pads. It is hands-down the most comfortable camping mattress I’ve ever slept on: better than even the 4″ … Continue reading

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