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So you don’t have $600 to drop on the lightest tent in the world.  Well, the Lunar Solo is a very similar tent that is half the price (but also twice the weight). But it's still really light at just 26 ounces.  How else do these tents compare?  Left: Zpacks Plex Solo, Right: SMD Lunar Solo Zpacks Plex Solo vs. the SMD Lunar Solo You may have seen my blog post or YouTube video from a few weeks back where I took my first look at

Why am soaking my down jacket in a near freezing stream AGAIN?  Because this time I want to see if the jacket I spent $12 on can perform as well as a $270 jacket.  You may remember my post from a few weeks ago where I took this expensive jacket with specialty treated down and soaked it in near-freezing water to see if it could still keep me warm. Well, I did it again, but this time instead of relying on expensive factory-treated

As light as a feather. There is a reason that phrase exits. Because no other material, not even space-age technology from NASA, is as warm, light and compressible as down.  Down is backpacking’s miracle insulation.   But down has one major flaw. When it gets wet, it looses all its magical properties. It can’t insulate, it gets really heavy, and can even be deadly.  And that one fatal flaw is the reason why I spend so much time, effort, and worry trying to

The lightest, fully enclosed backpacking tent in existence.  13.7 ounces of pure ultralight bliss.  But is it too good to be true? Let’s take a look at the brand new for 2022 Zpacks Plex Solo.  Brand Spanking New This tent very well may be the lightest, fully enclosed tent on the market.  This thing is so new. It was released only three ago. For instance look at this picture: This is the build date for this tent. Today is February 10, 2022, and this tent was

Freestanding ultralight tents are my favorite. So when I found out MSR redesigned the Freelite 2 to be eight ounces lighter—coming in closer to two pounds—well, I had to check it out.  And I realized, this tent feels a whole lot like another two-pound tent I’ve used for years: the Nemo Hornet elite. Plus, MSR claims their new Freelite is … “More Spacious Than the Nemo Hornet” Which was just begging for a comparison.  So this is the new MSR Freelite 2 vs. the

What is the Holy Grail of water filters? I can only imagine from the name that Grayl wants to hold that title. But is it really the best? Or is it a huge failure? So you can choose wisely Here are the Grayl Geopress pros and cons.  Oh, be sure to check out this video where I see if Grayl can filter out Coke?  https://youtu.be/tpd0tHdZGCw Okay I’m going to start with the cons and just a short disclaimer. Since this is a

If you are looking to buy a lightweight, warm, high quality backpacking quilt you are probably looking to spend $300-$400. Whether you are looking at Enlightened Equipment, Feathered Friends, UGQ, or one of the other great companies that make backpacking quilts. Your going to drop some cash.  But you don’t have to, you could get a lightweight, high quality, down quilt that competes with feathered friends and enlightened equipment, for warmth quality and weight, but only spend $189 (affiliate link). Today I’m talking