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Ultimate guide to synthetic insulated jackets, the other puffy. Cheaper, more breathable, and better when wet than down, these jackets are pretty awesome.
Water filters and water purifiers will do more than ease a worried mind. Learn why backpacking water treatment systems are needed, and how to do it right.
Everything you ever wanted to know about rain jackets – laminates, membranes, layers, DWR, waterproofess, and fancy features – explained. With a bit of humor, too.
A fully featured Guide to Headlamps. What are lumens, how long does a headlamp battery last, and is a waterproof headlamp possible all answered here.
This Guide to Fleece Jackets answers mysterious questions: What is fleece fabric? Is fleece warm? Is fleece breathable? And what’s recycled fleece? Read now.
Don’t know where to get your gear? Our epic guide to online outdoor gear stores covers every important retailer on the web.
Our Guide to Backpacks is massive. It covers backpack fit, torso measurement, backpack hip belt position, backpack size, and clutch features.
This Guide asks the hard questions: What are down feathers, really? What’s hydrophobic down? Are lightweight down jackets packable down jackets?
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