17 Exciting New Backpacking Products from Outdoor Retailer

17 Exciting New Backpacking Products from Outdoor Retailer

We spent this week walking around the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, drooling over all the awesome new gear coming to the backpacking world in 2019. Outdoor Retailer is one of the largest gear conferences in the world and this week we were fortunate enough to meet up with some of our favorite companies to get a sneak peek at their upcoming innovations.

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Amethyst Basin Backpacking Guide - High Uintas

Amethyst Basin Backpacking Guide  - High Uintas

Moderately challenging, this hike takes you up to a high alpine lake with gorgeous campsites options. The trail follows the Stillwater and Ostler Forks of the Bear River as it ascends about 2050 feet, passing beautiful waterfalls along the way, to a stunning cirque basin.

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Loowit Trail Loop - Mount St. Helens Backpacking Guide

 Loowit Trail Loop - Mount St. Helens Backpacking Guide

Similar to Rainer’s Wonderland Trail, Adam’s Round-the-Mountain Trail and Hood's Timberline Trail, the Loowit Trail around Mount St. Helens is nothing short of spectacular. If you enjoy solitude, navigation challenges, eye-popping vistas, and fascinating geology, consider adding the Loowit Trail to your list. 

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A Guide to Hiking in Torres del Paine: W, O, and Q Treks

A Guide to Hiking in Torres del Paine: W, O, and Q Treks

If it’s your first time visiting Patagonia, a visit to Torres del Paine will most likely be on your itinerary, and for good reason. This spectacular Chilean region offers some of the best trekking in the world -  dramatic granite spires, immense glaciers, glistening turquoise lakes - all the ingredients for an unforgettable and rugged adventure.

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Ticks & Hiking: How To Protect Yourself

Ticks & Hiking: How To Protect Yourself

Few things in the outdoors make people squirm as much as ticks, and for good reason. Besides being carriers of some awful diseases, they’re pretty disgusting to look at and remove, particularly when they're attached and engorged. In this article we'll cover general information on ticks, prevention, removal, and how to best protect yourself. 

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Jetboil MiniMo vs. MSR WindBurner

Jetboil MiniMo vs. MSR WindBurner

In the world of integrated stoves, two models stand apart in our opinion: the Jetboil MiniMo and MSR WindBurner. While both stoves perform very well and are worth recommending, we wanted to put the two systems up against each other to see which one wins out in a range of performance categories.

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Goat Rocks Wilderness Backpacking Guide

Goat Rocks Wilderness Backpacking Guide

The Goat Rocks Wilderness drapes over the crest of the Cascade Range in South-Central Washington, offering endless views of iconic Cascade peaks and volcanoes. Numerous snowfields flank its craggy ridges and peaks, while steep drainages open into basins filled with alpine meadows and glacial lakes.

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Backpacking in Patagonia: Gear Checklist

Backpacking in Patagonia: Gear Checklist

Whether you're preparing for the W Trek in Torres del Paine or chasing sunrises on Fitz Roy, packing the right gear to ensure you're safe and comfortable is essential. Our gear checklist will help you keep your weight to a minimum so you can see and do more.


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Bryce Canyon Backpacking Guide - Under the Rim Trail & Riggs Spring Loop

Bryce Canyon Backpacking Guide - Under the Rim Trail & Riggs Spring Loop

One of the nation’s smallest national parks, 56.2-square mile Bryce Canyon National Park in south-central Utah isn’t really a canyon in the usual sense. Comprised of a series of more than a dozen horseshoe-shaped chromatic limestone amphitheaters on the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, it’s a wonder of wind and rain erosion that has resulted in a maze of slot canyons, windows, and & spires.

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Enlightened Equipment Revelation Quilt Review

Enlightened Equipment Revelation Quilt Review

The Enlightened Equipment Revelation Quilt is the best sleeping bag/quilt I’ve ever taken on the trail. If you’re like me and you dislike feeling constricted in tight-fitting ultralight sleeping bags, you should definitely check out the Revelation.

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Jetboil MiniMo Review

Jetboil MiniMo Review

The MiniMo Cooking System by Jetboil is one of the most efficient and convenient integrated stove systems on the market. With all the cooking components you'll need in a compact package, its fast boil times will ensure you have a hot meal quickly after a long day on the trail. Some features we love in the MiniMo are its convenient push button ignitor, sturdy metal handles, wide pot shape, and secure lid with pour spouts.

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REI Magma Sleeping Bag Review

REI Magma Sleeping Bag Review

If you’re looking for one sleeping bag to do it all, it's tough to beat the value of the REI Magma 10 (and Magma 17 for women). The Magma is constructed with high-quality materials, has an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio, will keep you comfortable into sub-freezing temperatures, and comes at a surprisingly reasonable price in the world of premium down sleeping bags.

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