While I like to hike light, a recent gear upgrade has added some very justifiable extra weight in my pack. This past December I got a new camera and I’ve spent the past 8 months using it. I am a relatively clumsy hiker and will admit to have dropped an older camera on a rocky

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Many hikers I talk to tell me they’re unsatisfied with the standard backpacks they find at big box stores, but are not sure how to move away from their 5-pound empty pack to a lightweight option. Gossamer Gear offers a variety of packs that both weekend warrior and ultralight thru hikers will love. Like many

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  The Rukus is the middle child of the Gossamer Gear backpack family: really underestimated backpack and should get some more love. Gossamer Gear is more known for their Ultralight backpacks suitable for long distance treks. They recently released the Rukus along with the Type 2 Autumn 2014 which is when I began using mine.

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 One of the most important pieces of gear for any winter hikes are winter boots. While I stick with low rise, breathable trail runners during the warmer months, my footwear changes quite a bit when snow hits the trails. This is a long term review of my Salomon Toundra Winter Hiking Boots. A typical dayhike

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I hike a lot, but most of my hiking consists of day hikes in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. I do quite a bit of solo hiking, but I haven’t been able to justify spending the money on a satellite communicating device. Even when I made plans on solo hiking California’s John Muir Trail, it wasn’t

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This summer Gossamer Gear came out with a couple new day packs along with redesigning most of their current larger capacity packs. I was really interested in trying out the Rukus which is a pack known to swallow gear. I figured it may be a good contender for some winter hiking in the Whites. However,

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The Six Moon Designs Wild Oasis shelter is a 13 ounce shaped tarp. It requires no poles as it is supported by a single adjustable trekking pole and is floorless. Being a single wall ultralight shelter, I was pretty concerned how it would do during a storm on the John Muir Trail. While California is

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  New for fall 2015 are two fantastic Gossamer Gear day packs! Both packs are made with 100 Denier Robic ripstop nylon for the main body and have new air mesh harness. The material of these packs are made to be more durable than the 50 Denier ripstop nylon previously used on many Gossamer Gear

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Spending some quality time with the Mariposa on the JMT   In addition to physically preparing for a thru hike of the John Muir Trail, I had to make some changes to the gear I owned. Hiking for 15 days for about 10 hours a day, I needed a solid pack. This pack had to

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Here’s what many of you have been asking about- a rundown of what I loved and what I wish I didn’t take. I will be doing more thorough reviews on these items, but here’s an overview. A few of my favorite things… Gossamer Gear Mariposa Pack I could have fit my items in a Gossamer

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