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February 24, 2014 at 9:47 am

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[For Sale] Zpacks Rain Garments. Top & Bottom.

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Putting up for sale my Zpacks Rain Garments.

These are the last version of the white fabric, considered the best MVTR rain gear Zpacks has ever released. Those of you who know how special this fabric is probably know that you will never find another matching pair of these again.

Top & Bottom, sold ONLY as a set.

Size: Large.

Specs: 135 grams for the jacket and 90 grams for the pants

$260 shipped USA ONLY

Drop me a message if you would like to buy them!

 

90 grams for the pants

 

135 grams for the jacket

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July 20, 2017 at 11:04 am

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Peak to Plateau, Kailash 1/4 Zip

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Peak to Plateau, Kailash Quarter Zip - Front

Back in November of 2016 I posted over on my facebook page about a kickstarter project for a Yak wool baselayer, from the company Peak to Plateau, called the ‘Kailash 1/4 Zip‘.

Being one of the few people in the long distance hiking community, it seems, that has really invested time and money into putting to the test Yak wool garments, it was hard for me to not back this project.

Earlier today the garment showed up. As anybody that has done kickstarter knows, any non-digital kickstarter that shows up, is a good thing, and at five months past the Kickstarter estimated date of delivery, that is something that does not bother me all that much. Small start up companies, trying to get all the cogs in order, working with products (in this case, yak wool) outside the normality, well, they deserve some leniency.

So to get into the specs of this garment…

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July 10, 2017 at 3:57 pm

[Deal] Zpacks Bear Bags

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The Zpacks Bear Bag kit includes… the bag, cordage, a carabiner, and a cute little rocksack.

It is not all that often that I share about price deals via my website, I think the last one was when I reviewed and offered a coupon for the Solumbra BodyShade Tshirt (which I now have 500+ days of wearing, and hope to have a follow-up review out soon), and as all of you know, Zpacks pretty much never offers deals (sometimes for the holidays they do), but every so often they work out a deal with my good friends over at Massdrop — Yep, I am a huge fan of Massdrop, check out my MD profile if you want to follow me over there.

Anyway, right now there is a Massdrop deal for the Zpacks bear bags, what has pretty much become one of the de facto bear bags for thru-hikers.

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June 13, 2017 at 3:51 pm

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Mountain Laurel Designs (MLD) ‘Core’ Backpack

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Getting ready to unpack my MLD Core 22l backpack.

Greetings Adventurers!

Back in February of 2016 I ordered a Mountain Laurel Designs ‘Core 22L’ backpack for use as my primary summer backpack – it was my first backpack from MLD and it will not be my last – quickly fell in love with this backpack!

The MLD Core is offered in two different volumes, a 22L (1300ci) and a 28L (1700ci) volume – I went with the 22L knowing that I could get all of my gear into it and about three days worth of food. YMMV.

One really has to ask themselves what the targeted market is for a backpack as simple as the MLD Core. Let me try to share my thoughts on that.

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May 28, 2017 at 7:59 am

Zpacks ‘Solplex’ Flex Tent (free standing) Upgrade

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Zpacks Solplex Flex (free standing)

The new ‘Flex’ (free standing) option for the Zpacks ‘Solplex’ shelter. A view of the back side of the shelter, showing the Flex pole system.

Greetings Adventurers,

Zpacks has released their Flex, free-standing pole system, previously only available on their Duplex shelter, for their solo ‘Solplex’ shelter, and is being called the Zpacks Solplex Flex Tent Upgrade.

For a bit of background, the Zpacks Solplex was released on November 12, 2014, if my records are correct.

It currently sits at the #3 spot on my Lightest Fully Enclosed Solo Shelters Comparison chart, which is crazy impressive, only being beaten out by the MLD Patrol and the Zpacks Hexamid.

At 439 grams (15.48 ounces / 0.96 pounds) the Solplex offers the most weather protection of any sub one pound shelter on the market.

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April 26, 2017 at 8:36 pm

[Released] Zpacks ‘Nero’ Backpack

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Greetings Adventurers!

The sub 2268 hiking world went a little berserk back in January (2017) when they noticed that the Zpacks Zero and XS-Zero backpacks were no longer being offered.

Today, Zpacks has unveiled the reason: the brand new Zpacks Nero backpack!

In the words of Zpacks:

If you can’t take a Zero take a Nero! The Nero is an ultralight frameless backpack stripped down to only the most popular features. This compact backpack has no frame aside from a closed cell foam sit-pad for cushioning. It is best suited for hardcore long distance hikers with base weights around 5-6 lbs (2.5 kg) and maximum loads up to 20 lbs (9 kg).

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April 3, 2017 at 2:29 pm

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Zpacks ‘Wallet Zip Pouch’, 1300+ Day Usage

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Greetings Adventurers!

The Zpacks ‘Wallet Zip Pouch‘ is now officially receiving my “Top Pick” gear award!

I recently passed the 1300 day mark of using the Zpacks ‘Wallet Zip Pouch‘, and while I tend to think that any piece of gear that can survive 1200+ days of use should pretty much instantly qualify for a top pick piece of gear, I still reserve this award of mine for those items that make it this far and I expect to keep going strong and lasting a lot longer.

I initially posted an article on the wallet zip pouch after using it for 800+ days, back in June of 2015. Now, after another 500+ days of using it, I felt it was time to both post an update and give my ‘Top Pick‘ award to the Zpacks ‘Wallet Zip Pouch‘.

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April 3, 2017 at 1:18 pm

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