Author: Benjamin Tepler

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How to Keep Electronics from Weighing You Down

How to Keep Electronics from Weighing You Down

For most modern-day hikers, electronics are among the heaviest items in our packs. Between a smartphone ( [...]
Ultralight Gear That Lasts – Backpacker

Ultralight Gear That Lasts – Backpacker

“Ultralight” and “durable” are rarely synonymous. If anything, most ultralight hiking gear is known for i [...]
The Best Ultralight Coffee Methods

The Best Ultralight Coffee Methods

There’s no shortage of ways to brew rocket fuel in the backcountry. But if it’s an ultralight solution yo [...]
How the X-Mid Became the Most Sought-After Ultralight Tent

How the X-Mid Became the Most Sought-After Ultralight Tent

At first glance, the world of ultralight shelters seems to be running out of innovations. It’s hard to im [...]
Trail Runner Showdown – Backpacker

Trail Runner Showdown – Backpacker

As trail running shoes have become the footwear of choice among long-distance trekkers, the range of offe [...]
The Gear We Loved in July 2022

The Gear We Loved in July 2022

Eagle Creek Tarmac XE (Photo: courtesy) Finding a carry-on size suitcase that’s up to the rigors of adve [...]
Five Common Ultralight Maxims and When to Ignore Them

Five Common Ultralight Maxims and When to Ignore Them

Ultralighters can be an uncompromising bunch when it comes to the gear they carry—a spartan philosophy of [...]
In Japan, Ultralight Gear Is High-Fashion On and Off the Trail

In Japan, Ultralight Gear Is High-Fashion On and Off the Trail

Usually, you don’t go ultralight for fashion’s sake. The majority of lightweight gear—whether it’s a near [...]
Ultralight External Frame Packs – Backpacker

Ultralight External Frame Packs – Backpacker

Like oil-burning lanterns and flannel-lined sleeping bags, the external frame backpack was an iconic piec [...]
The Best Dehydrated Macaroni and Cheese

The Best Dehydrated Macaroni and Cheese

Welcome to Pouch Wars, a monthly taste-test of dehydrated backpacking meals. We’ve surveyed the market, s [...]
Ultralight Boots – Backpacker

Ultralight Boots – Backpacker

While hikers and backpackers as a whole may still debate between trail runners and boots, for ultralighte [...]
Budget vs Deluxe Car Camping Pad

Budget vs Deluxe Car Camping Pad

Many of us hit a point in our lives where we don’t want to rough it on a closed-cell foam sleeping mat or [...]
Five Ultralight Habits Every Hiker Should Know

Five Ultralight Habits Every Hiker Should Know

Ultralighters are the oddballs of the hiking world. Whether it’s wearing a combination poncho-tarp or col [...]
Stowaway Gourmet Is the Best Backpacking Food of 2022

Stowaway Gourmet Is the Best Backpacking Food of 2022

Making restaurant-quality dehydrated food is incredibly difficult. There are limits to the types of foods [...]
Three Desert Hiking Essentials – Backpacker

Three Desert Hiking Essentials – Backpacker

Want to know whether a piece of gear can stand up to serious abuse? Take it to the desert. We took advant [...]
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