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Gear Tips: Starting to Think Light? 2 in 1 options.

Posted by Gabby Tinner on

Gear Tips: Starting to Think Light? 2 in 1 options.

Starting to Think Light? 2 in 1 options:  One of the simplest ways to lighten up your load is to carry things that have dual purposes. Below are some gear tips to help you get started:   Poncho Trap: The poncho tarp can be used as rain wear, a pack cover, and a shelter (with trekking poles and guy lines)   Lightweight Integrated Stove System: When choosing a stove find one that is one system with multiple uses. There are several systems out there that allow for the pot to be a cup, bowl, and coffee press.   Spork: I...

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Our Products: The UL2

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Our Products: The UL2

Hello, Meet Our UL2! When looking at our UL2 compared to similar 2-wall designed tents produced by Big Agnes, NEMO, MSR, REI, and Sierra Designs [other great brands we see in the big box Retailers] that are similar for ‘ultralight’ backpacking purposes, we were surprised at how we compared. A quality, durable tent is one of the most important elements when building out a multi-day gear kit.  Whether you consider yourself an ultra-lightest or simply a backpacker that is learning to be more conscious of weight carried, we have built a tent just for you. We know that our tent is...

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My Trail Co: Our Key Differentiator

Posted by Kale Klontz on

My Trail Co: Our Key Differentiator

Selecting the right package of gear can be tricky with so many great brands to choose from. Did you know that the average backpacker will carry 40lbs for a 3 day trip?  (Including all gear, clothing, food and water) What if that pack could be reduced to 30lbs?  What about 20lbs? Things to consider we building your gear setup: Weight Quality Performance Durability Price If the price is not a factor, simply stop reading now, and go buy the lightest, high quality product you can find. For the rest of us, where cost does matter, we have choices to make! Less expensive...

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How to Choose the Right Shelter

Posted by Gabby Tinner on

How to Choose the Right Shelter

There are two major criteria in choosing a shelter.  The first is simple: its size.  Your shelter must have sufficient space for the maximum number of people (and their things, like gear and dogs) who plan to use it.  If your shelter is too small then it will be crammed and uncomfortable; if it is too big then, per person, it will be heavier than it should be.    The other criteria in choosing the right shelter are driven by your destination and the environment and weather conditions you will encounter there, specifically: Precipitation (frequency and intensity). Properly pitched, all...

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The 5 ‘Please Don’ts’ of Lightweight Backpacking for Beginners – Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Kale Klontz on

So, here you are. You drank the Kool-Aid so to speak and are convinced that lightweight backpacking is the way to go. Well, congratulations because you are right! Going light on the trail takes away unnecessary aches and pains and trades them in for more enjoyment and fun. But only if you do it right. Too many of us have learned the hard way when just starting out. The good news is that because we did all the dirty work for you, you don’t have to. (Lucky!) So let’s jump right in and get you educated so that you can avoid...

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