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There’s a new entry in the world of ultralight backpacks, and it’s right here in the Northeast (Coplay, Pa., to be exact). Appalachian Ultralight is a new one-man gear shop that just opened for commercial sales earlier this year. Its specialty? Small- to mid-sized (30- to 45-liter) ultralight backpacks, including a 6.25-ounce, 30-liter marvel of…

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Tent footprints are cut to precisely match a tent’s floor dimensions. When placed underneath the tent, they provide protection from abrasion, moisture, and general wear-and-tear and are generally recommended when a few extra ounces aren’t a big deal. (It’s a different story when you are counting ounces, however. More on this below.) Nearly every gear…

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You can spend a lot of money to get the latest, greatest, ultralight-est backpacking tents out there. You don’t have to. A range of solid, sturdy, and affordable tents are available that will provide you with reliable shelter for years to come. Less Is More. Here’s the thing: You need to be willing to carry…

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This could be one of the most significant innovations in backpack design in decades. Kuiu, a manufacturer of ultralight hunting gear, has developed a featherweight backpack frame that can handle stupendous loads without deforming. It’s an innovation that way well ripple into the hiking and backpacking world as manufacturers seek to upgrade ultralight packs to…

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Let’s face it: Outdoor equipment can be ridiculously expensive. Outfitting yourself from scratch for a backpacking trip can run you hundreds—even thousands—of dollars, especially if you invest in high-end gear. And if you’re gearing up an entire family? Ouch. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. You can get away…

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Your backpack is one of the most important items of gear you own. A quality ultralight pack will not only eliminate several pounds from your back, it will also ensure a comfortable ride for many miles and days. As we rapidly march into hiking season in the Northeast, here are three styles worth considering for…

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I love pyramid tents. They are lightweight, compact, simple to pitch, bomber in weather, and spacious with headroom to spare. They do have one big drawback, of course. There is no floor, so you’ll be setting up shop directly on the ground or snow. You’ll need to select your site carefully in rainy weather to…

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This holiday season, give a gift to your loved ones and your local economy at the same time. Dozens of outdoor gear companies, large and small, call the Northeast home. Many of them manufacture at least some of their products in the region, while others produce their entire collections locally. If you’ve got an outdoor…

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The Barocook system features an outer plastic container and inner cookpot that nest together. Photo: Matt Heid The small packet reacted ferociously within seconds of adding water, an entertaining display of chemistry that soon began pumping out enough heat to cook a simple meal. As my test of the Barocook flameless cooking system revealed, this…

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Hot food. Hot drinks. Hot coffee. Yum. To enjoy any of these in the backcountry, you’re going to need a stove, of which there are three fundamental types: canister, alcohol, and liquid fuel. Which one is right for you? Your backpacking style and needs will help you decide. CANISTER STOVES A solid choice for most…

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