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Patreon, for those unaware, is a website that allows individuals to give a few dollars each month to content creators (such as myself) and get access to content. I ask only one dollar a month and in exchange for your dollar a month you will get early access to some of videos and articles, get access to exclusive mini-reviews, insights into products I cannot talk about on facebook and my website, and such things.

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Thanks everybody!
+John Abela
HikeLighter.Com

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February 24, 2014 at 9:47 am

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Solumbra ‘Active Pants’ [400+ Days of Use]

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A friend took this picture of me while out on a hike in late 2016. The indigo color of the Solumbra ‘Active Pants‘ has not faded after one full year of wearing them, and the pants have had zero durability issues, even from scrambling over fallen trees, through nasty blackberry bushes, and cactus, rocks and boulders down in the deserts in and around Death Valley.

Greetings Adventurers!

The Solumbra ‘Active Pants‘ are a pair of lightweight, durable, and high sun level protective pants designed for just about anybody for use in just about any outdoor type of activity.

I received mine from Solumbra, a company that has been a sponsor of mine for a few years, when I ordered/bought some other Solumbra garments. The pants got added into the box and I have been really happy that Solumbra tossed them in, as I have now worn the pants for over 400+ days – while out on working on building new hiking trail routes, while hiking throughout California (from the Redwoods to Death Valley), and around town and at home. Solumbra wanted me to give them a go and let them know how they would hold up to the type of long term outdoor testing that I tend to put gear through, much like what I did with the 600+ consecutive days of wear/testing of the Solumbra, Ultra Athlete Shirt and Pants that I bought a number of years ago and wore from 2013 onward until I started wearing these Solumbra ‘Active Pants‘.

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February 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm

Vargo ‘ExoTi 50’ Backpack

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The 2017 Vargo Outdoors ExoTi 50 backpack. Slightly overstuffed, and strap tangled, but initial thoughts are very good on this new backpack from Vargo!

Greetings Adventurers!

Earlier this week (first week of February 2017) I got in the mail the brand new, 2017, backpack from Vargo Outdoors, the “ExoTi 50

I have done an initial video walk around, much as I did with the SMD Fusion 65, and other backpacks when the first show up. This article is intended to show the features of this new Vargo ExoTi50 and some of the differences between it and the Vargo Ti-Arc backpack.

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February 12, 2017 at 9:39 am

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MSR PocketRocket 2 + GSI 3 Cup Percolator – Total Boils

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Hey all,

I recently bought a GSI 3 cup percolator for making coffee, mostly around my house and when truck camping.

Kept track of how many boils I got per 110g canister of MSR fuel, when using the new MSR PocketRocket 2 stove, so here is a 2 minute video showing everything.

This post first appeared at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/7935418

Thanks for reading,
+John Abela
HikeLighter.Com

As of the time of this article being published I am a sponsored hiker of  MSR. They sent this stove to me (had no idea it was coming, it just showed up one day) six months before release date so that I could perform pre-release testing & feedback to them (something I do throughout the year for many companies with alpha/beta/prototype products) and with zero expectation of publicly writing about it.

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February 5, 2017 at 12:41 pm

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Interviews: Vargo Outdoors

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Vargo Outdoors is an outdoor company that sells specialized gear, nearly all of it titanium, that happens to be a fairly small cottage company yet with a big global reach. Located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, with a population of about 6000 people, Brian Vargo (founder/owner of Vargo Outdoors, hence the name) and Chad North (the #2 guy at Vargo) recently took a bit of their time to allow me to interview them!

Hello guys and thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions!

Before we get started, anything you would like to just throw out there for readers?

For those who aren’t familiar with Vargo, we are a titanium outdoor gear manufacturer based in Central Pennsylvania. The company was started in 2002 by Brian Vargo a few years after his thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. With an innovative approach to product design and an almost exclusive use of titanium, we aim to create unique products that help lighten loads and meet the needs of adventurers worldwide.

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January 31, 2017 at 3:48 pm

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[Poll] Next Cottage Companies To Interview

Cast your vote for which cottage companies I interview next!

Voting is open to patrons and non-patrons (no patreon membership should be required)

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Want to read the interviews I have already published?

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January 16, 2017 at 11:16 pm

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MSR ‘PocketRocket 2’

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Greetings Adventurers!

Here is my first article on the 2017, second generation, of the MSR PocketRocket!

Most of this was originally published on my patreon.com/hikeligher page, on September 2016, five months before being published here at hikelighter.com – so I invite you to become a patron so you can gain early access to other gear that I get early and/or get exclusive access too!

First the disclaimer that I am sponsored by MSR and that the MSR Stove Division sent this stove to me for doing T&E (testing & evaluation) as a ‘pre-launch use & report back‘ usage case. They also gave me permission to share photos/video of it – as a pre launch product. So big thanks to them for the early access and gracious kindness to sharing it with my readers.

The MSR PocketRocket 2:

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January 12, 2017 at 9:29 pm

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New Hiking Products, Jan 09, 2017

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We are into the second week of a new year (wow, already!) and a few new hiking related products have already hit the market. Here are three that I thought I would highlight.

  1. Vargo Outdoors ‘Triad Multi-Fuel Stove’ – a smaller, lighter (titanium) version of their existing multi-fuel stove.
  2. How to Hike the Appalachian Trail: A Comprehensive Guide to Plan and Prepare for a Successful Thru-Hike‘ – a new book by Chris Cage, the owner of the awesome Greenbelly Meal Bars.
  3. Borah Gear ‘Ultralight Down Vest’ – which is of course not new, but it has been re-introduced back onto their website store.

Be sure to follow my patreon page https://www.patreon.com/hikelighter for more announcements and early access!

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January 9, 2017 at 1:25 pm

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