Cleaning Out My Gear Closet | Free Stuff

A Cuben Fiber backpack for free? Read on… As part of my New Year’s resolutions I’ve decided to clean out my backpacking gear closet. Over the years I have acquired a considerable amount of backpacking equipment or varying type, much of which has been used very rarely, some of which has never been used at […]

Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 – Smashes Guinness World Record

Terra Nova has smashed the Guinness World Record for the lightest commercially available tent, with the Laser Ultra 1. The company recently received confirmation that the tent, which weighs just over 21 ounces (600 grams), is now the record holder. It snatches the title from the Terra Nova Laser Photon, trimming over 7 ounces (200 […]

Terra Nova Ultra 20 | First Look

The Terra Nova Ultra 20 is the first ultralight backpack made by a mainstream manufacturer to use Cuben fiber. Until very recently, Cuben fiber (called ULTRA fabric by Terra Nova) was the mainstay of ultralight cottage manufacturers like Gossamer Gear, Zpacks, MLD, and others. None of the more conservative mainstream manufacturers seemed willing to take […]

DIY Ultralight ‘Faraday Cage’ RFID Blocking Wallet

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There has been a surge of new RFID blocking wallets and other products on the market that are designed to block cellular phone or RFID chip signals in order to prevent their transmissions or stored data from being maliciously intercepted, scanned or used to track your location. Two recent examples of these types of products […]

Home-made Stuff Sacks

Ever since I stumbled across the excellent instructions of how to make a silnylon stuff sack on Thru-Hiker’s website, I’ve wanted to try making some for myself.  The only problem was I didn’t have a sewing machine.  I had bought a couple of yards of inexpensive 1.1oz ripstop silnylon fabric from Quest Outfitters in anticipation […]