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09

Jul

2012

SteriPEN Freedom Water Purifier review
Written by Jason Elliot   

FreedomThe clumsy and once laborious task of water purification has evolved into a much easier process. Ultraviolet light is chic for water purification, and it's widely considered the gold standard. Even a behemoth like CamelBak jumped into the fray and has recently introduced a UV product.

Cheers to CamelBak for embracing the technology but last call will always go to SteriPEN, the innovator for UV filtration. I've had the chance to review the Journey a few years ago. An effective purifier, but the use of a battery just adds to the landfills. Most times, the battery will drain from inactivity, and you never fully use it's juice.

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04

Mar

2012

PackTowl Personal Towel and Cocoon Ultralight Microfiber Towel review
Written by Jason Elliot   

Packtowl PersonalMy first backcountry bath towel is embarrassing to even admit. The only positive was it was fleece and dried somewhat quickly. It was bulky and reeked after only a few uses.

Microfiber has changed the size and weight of these. And antimicrobial treatments definitely help the smell.

PackTowl from Cascade Designs and Cocoon by Design Salt recently released microfiber towels.

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22

Feb

2012

YES Basic Snowboard review
Written by Jimmy Graven   

BasicIn need of a freestyle board for the resort, something twin that will butter easily and have some pop? For $250, you can purchase a 2011 YES Basic Snowboard.

You might assume that a board this affordable and named the "Basic" might be another janky plank. The top sheet, base construction and edges all look a bit weak upon inspection. But digging deeper into the design, materials and construction, you'll find an exceptionally good board at a dirtbag price.

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14

Feb

2012

Outdoor Research Ultralight Compression Sack review
Written by Jason Elliot   

Ultralight Compression SackThere are an endless number of truths for backpackers. For me, I can never have enough compression and stuff sacks. Varying sizes give an endless way to organize your pack. And reconfiguring your pack can be a mind numbing chore of thinking of ways to decrease your load while ensuring you aren't leaving anything behind.

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29

Jan

2012

Snow Peak SnowMiner and Icon Irix II review
Written by Jason Elliot   

SnowMinerOver the last few months, a few headlamps have been glued to my forehead for a barrel full of fun. Nighttime road running, moonlit hikes and even some night resort skiing needed some illumination.

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17

Jan

2012

Mammut Classic Express Set Quickdraws review
Written by Theresa Blake   

Classic Express Set QuickdrawsThis Fall, Outdoor Informer put Mammut's Classic Express Set quickdraws to the test, and found the Swiss-made draws lived up to Mammut's stellar reputation for producing quality rock climbing gear. Every climber has their go-to draws on their racks, and the Classic Express Set quickly became one of our favorite quickdraws.

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24

Dec

2011

Ruff Wear Omnijore Joring System review
Written by Karuna Eberl, Mark Palmer   

Omnijore Joring System1There are some adventurers out there who call a good time strapping skinny planks to their feet and getting towed hundreds of miles through a frozen landscape by their canine companion.

I'm not one of those people. I'm originally from Southern California, where neither cross-country skis nor sub-zero temperatures are considered fun and our water is warm and wet.

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15

Dec

2011

LOKSAK aLOKSAK Bags and Snow Peak Titanium Full Silverware Set review
Written by Jason Elliot   

Titanium Full Silverware SetBig ticket backpacking gear like a bag, tent, pack, stove and purifier will leave you broke. The smaller items add up quickly and will make your wallet light.

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10

Dec

2011

LEKI Micro Stick Hiking Poles review
Written by Dave Reuss   

Micro StickOut on the trail, having a good pair of hiking poles can make a big difference. For example, poles can make the difference between nimbly navigating a choppy talus field and limping back to the car with a swollen ankle. Or the difference between popping back up onto your snowshoes and wallowing hopelessly in fluffy unpacked powder like an overturned turtle.

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19

Oct

2011

Gerber Fit review
Written by Jason Elliot   

Gerber FitMulti-tools are addictive. Each year, new models are released with more tools in a smaller space. It's hard to resist the impulse purchase when I see a new multi-tool that's lighter, more compact and has more functions than what I own.

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