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Updated 12/07/22 12:23pm

La Sportiva Mantra Climbing Shoes Take Minimalism to the Max

I don’t normally mess with slipper-style climbing shoes. The new Mantra from La Sportiva had been sitting untouched in my closet for a few weeks until I pulled them out to bring along on a few back-to-back cross-country trips. If slippers have anything going for…

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Unpacked: Luno Redefines the Car Camping Experience

If you’ve ever spent an uncomfortable night in your compact car, SUV or truck after a long day exploring outside, you know how interrupted your sleep can be. Whether it’s an armrest digging into your hip, the stiffness of a traditional camping sleep pad or…

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Petzl’s Swift RL and Iko Core Headlamps Go Head-to-Head

Two popular and affordable headlamps for runners — the Petzl Iko Core and Petzl Swift RL — have surprisingly little in common. Here’s an in-depth comparison. Embarking on an ultramarathon means committing to run for a very long time. So long, in fact, that you’ll…

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Osprey Duro 6 Hydration Pack Delivers Versatility and Lightweight Comfort

The latest Osprey Duro 6 Hydration Pack offers even more pocket access compared to earlier versions with lightweight durability. Several years ago, as I was stepping up to longer endurance races, and subsequently more frequent unsupported long runs, I needed a hydration pack with plenty…

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The YETI Water Bottle and Other Drinkware You’re Craving

No backcountry gear list is complete without this functional and durable YETI drinkware on it. YETI drinkware is a tried-and-true companion in the backcountry. From a way to keep that camp-side cup of coffee warm on a crisp morning to the refreshing blast of still-cold…

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Review: Nemo Stargaze Reclining Camp Chair

Is the Nemo free-standing swinging camp chair worth the hype? Let’s find out. If you’ve ever tried to enjoy sitting on a tree stump at camp or struggled to get comfortable in a fold-up-style camp chair, you’ve probably learned to appreciate a comfortable camping chair…

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Unpacked: Minus33 Doesn’t Want Your Socks to Last Forever

In the age of lifetime warranties and guarantees, outdoor clothing manufacturer Minus33 takes a different perspective: This brand doesn’t believe in happy-ever-afters. To find out why, we get Unpacked with Minus33. The Early Days In the early 1900s, textile manufacturer L.W. Packard produced high-end flat…

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SCARPA Explores the Crossroads Between Sustainability and Performance

No matter how necessary, drastic change never happens overnight. The entire outdoor industry knows — or should, by now — that brands have a responsibility to craft initiatives leading toward more sustainable practices for production. Without major shifts, the gear that we use to access…

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