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The Packa is a unique jacket/poncho hybrid with an integrated pack cover.

Review: The Packa, hybrid jacket/poncho || A for innovation

When I wrote the Core 13 Clothing series, I was frustrated with the existing rain gear options. Manufacturers were (and still are, three years later) unquestioning of waterproof/breathable fabrics, which fall short of their hyperbolic claims; and there was little innovation in format, with everyone stuck on traditional jackets and pants. Subsequently I was contacted by Edward Hinnant (“Cedar […]

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A typical camp: cowboy camping (no shelter), tucked in among trees for wind protection and thermal cover.

Gear List: Yosemite High Route || High Sierra in August

Last month I went on a 9-day/8-night backpacking trip in Yosemite National Park. My route was more ambitious than the norm: I was scouting the Yosemite High Route, which has monstrous vertical change and extensive off-trail and alpine travel. I tried to avoid popular trails like the John Muir Trail/Pacific Crest Trail and the High Sierra Camp […]

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I thought the toebox of the Pro was roomy, but press materials indicate that the Triple Crown will be even more generous.

Preview: Salomon Odyssey Triple Crown || Altra Lone Peak alternative

The Salomon Odyssey Pro (my review) is somewhat unique: instead of being a trail running shoe that has been adopted by hikers, it’s a hiking shoe that has the comfort, breathability, and weight of a trail runner. In spring 2019 Salomon will release the second generation Odyssey, the Odyssey Triple Crown. The target market is not […]

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The updated Sierra Designs High Route will be smaller and 10 oz lighter than the original.

Preview: Sierra Designs High Route 2.0 || Smaller, but now just 27 oz for fly + inner

The Sierra Designs High Route 1FL was launched in fall 2016, and a second-generation will arrive in spring 2019. Its name will not change (i.e. not High Route 2.0 or High Route II), and the existing design will be phased out. MSRP remains $300. Most notably, the updated High Route is smaller than the original. Instead of being […]

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The BD Distance Tent is new for spring 2019, and the first BD tent that uses trekking poles for support. It's full sided, fully enclosed, and weighs about 1.5 pounds.

Preview: Black Diamond Distant Tent || Got ventilation?

Nearly all backpacking shelters from cottage manufacturers use trekking poles for support, e.g. MLD SoloMid, TarpTent Notch, and ZPacks Duplex. The explanation is simple: This saves weight over geometries that require dedicated pole sets, e.g. Big Agnes Copper Spur, REI Quarter Dome. Some of the weight must be given back to achieve a minimum of […]

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