[Released] Vargo Outdoors ‘ExoTi AR2’ Backpack!

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Earlier this morning, March 03, 2018, our good friends over at Vargo Outdoors released their second generation ‘ExoTi’ backpack, called the “ExoTi AR2“!

In almost every way the ExoTi AR2 is the backpack that many of us Vargo backpack fans have been waiting for!

The first generation of their “ExoTi” lineup, the ‘ExoTi 50‘, has been a backpack that has gone with me on numerous trips when I was in need of a larger volume backpack.

Of course, before the ExoTi 50 was the ‘Ti-Arc‘, a backpack that was loved by some and questioned by most others. None the less the ‘Ti-Arc’ set the groundwork for a new generation, a new evolution, of the modern day lightweight external frame backpack.

The Ti-Arc had a few initial things that needed to be changed, which Vargo addressed with the ExoTi 50. Now, with a second generation of the ‘ExoTi’, they have once again listened to their customers and made some changes.

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[Announced] Six Moon Designs ‘Minimalist’ Backpack!

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Some OMG exciting news today from the folks at Six Moon Designs!!

A new backpack called the “Minimalist” was just announced. It is, as I am reading things, SMD basically taking their previous, and well-known-to-be-too-damn-heavy backpacks, and getting the weight down to be closer to many of the other comparable backpacks on the market these days… yet still using their ultimate class-defining, and what I feel to be the finest load weight distribution on the market, harness suspension system.

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Enlightened Equipment ‘Copperfield Wind Shirt’ – One Year of Use

Author wearing the Enlightened Equipment Copperfield Wind Shirt somewhere along the California Coastal Trail.

Hey Adventurers,

I have been using the Enlightened Equipment ‘Copperfield Wind Shirt’ for a bit over a year. I have been getting questions about it so I thought that I would write up a few brief thoughts about the wind jacket after my first year of use.

I was lucky enough to get mine about 9 or ten months before they hit the market so that I could do pre-release R&D / T&E on the garment. So while mine is slightly different than the current on-the-market version, the changes they have made since I and other testers got ours, have been really nice to see. I think all of the changes that I recommended, with the exception of one, a larger #zipper, made it into the final production version.

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[Released] Locus Gear ‘Djedi DCF-eVent Dome’ Shelter

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The shelter that some of us have been waiting a few years to see hit production has just been launched!

The team at Locus Gear, just a matter of a few minutes ago (around 10 pm, PST, GMT-8), updated their website to debut the Djedi DCF-eVent Dome 2 person shelter!

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They are releasing it in two versions, with and without a front mesh inner door.

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