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By Michael Lanza
What do you need a daypack for? That’s really the critical question to consider when choosing from the dozens of widely varying choices out there today, which range all over the map in terms of volume, weight, carrying capacity, features—and cost. Some are very specialized, others built as all-purpose dayhiking sacks, but still designed with an eye toward making them stand out from a crowded field.
I’ve picked out five favorite daypacks I’ve tested and reviewed at The Big Outside—two of them specialized, and the other three all-around packs for dayhiking, but still different enough from one another to offer you clear choices. Continue reading →
The Arc’teryx Zeta LT Jacket delivers all-season performance and a suite of features that make it the standout new rain shell of the year: exceptional breathability and waterproofing, a smart, functional design, and fabric that’s more supple and quieter than many rain jackets, thanks to new technology from Gore-Tex.
And you can win one right now in my giveaway at The Big Outside! Continue reading →
From hiking through rain on an early-October, mostly off-trail backpacking trip in Idaho’s White Cloud Mountains, to hiking through thunderstorms in Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies, I found the Arc’teryx Zeta LT Jacket delivered what a rain shell at this price should: exceptional breathability and waterproofing, a smart, functional design, and fabric that’s more supple and quieter than many rain jackets, thanks to new technology from Gore-Tex.
And right now, you can win an Arc’teryx Zeta LT Jacket in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →
A tent provides you with critical shelter in the backcountry, but it’s also one of the most expensive pieces of gear you buy. I have a solution to that dilemma. Right now, I’m giving away a two-person Exped Mira II Hyperlite tent, which weighs under three pounds but has good space and is sturdy, in a raffle at The Big Outside. It costs nothing to enter, and you could wind up with an outstanding new backpacking tent. Just click here to enter now, because there are just a few days left in this giveaway. Continue reading →
Backpacking with my 15-year-old son in Idaho’s White Cloud Mountains, I discovered the key strengths of Exped’s sub-three-pound Mira II Hyperlite (besides its low weight): With nightfall and rain rapidly approaching, we pitched the tent easily in a couple of minutes. We found it very livable, thanks to a design that maximizes space without adding weight. And when it rained through the night, we stayed dry despite keeping one vestibule door wide open to help ventilate the interior.
And right now, you can win an Exped Mira II Hyperlite tent in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →