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NEMO Siren 45 Quilt Review

NEMO Siren 45 Ultralight Quilt Review

The NEMO Siren 45 is a bed-style lightweight quit that weighs 21 oz and is insulated with 850 fill power RDS down. It’s an updated and redesigned version of the NEMO’s 30 degree Siren Ultralight Down Quilt (still available on Amazon), which has horizontal baffles instead of the new vertical …

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Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60 Backpack Review

Backpack Review

The Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60 is a lightweight backpack that weighs 30.7 oz. It’s ideal for weekend backpacking and long distance trips, particularly if you prefer a backpack that has lots of pockets and a frame, like a more conventional backpack, but weighing half as much. The Mariposa is also …

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Sierra Designs Nitro Quilt 800 / 35 degree Review

Sierra Designs Nitro Quilt 800 Review

The Sierra Designs Nitro Quilt 800 (35 degree) is a down quilt with a unique hideaway hood system that you can use to insulate your head in cooler weather if you’re sleeping on the ground on a sleeping pad or in a hammock. It’s the most compelling feature of the …

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Hiking a Blueberry Mountain Loop

Swimming Hole

Blueberry Mountain is a small mountain in Evans Notch that has an easily accessible alpine zone and great views without a lot of climbing. It’s located near Brickett Place off Rt 113 and overlooks a private estate, pond, and well-maintained trail system that the owners have made accessible to hikers. …

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MassDrop Veil Wind Shell Review

Wind Shirt on a beach

The Massdrop Veil is an ultralight breathable wind shirt which provides active insulation even in high winds. Wind shirts are very lightweight and usually weigh between 2 and 3 ounces. While they’re not waterproof, many experienced hikers carry and use a wind shirt to prevent heat loss in windy exposed …

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