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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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vargo triad alcohol stove

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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Black Rock Gear ‘Synthetic Beanies’ – 15% Off Coupon

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Greetings Adventurers!

As most of you hopefully know, Black Rock Gear, the makers of the most beloved beanie in the outdoor industry, and a sponsor of mine, has been working on creating a non animal down, synthetic, version of their beanie for the last year.

With Christmas fast approaching I have worked with Black Rock Gear to be able to get a 15% off coupon that I can share with all of you.

The coupon is only applicable for the synthetic beanie and will expire on Tuesday, November 8th.

Black Rock Gear is offering free USA Domestic Shipping, and only $10 for International shipping.


On the checkout page, enter the coupon code ‘nogoose15’ for your 15% off!


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November 4, 2016 at 4:50 am

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[Product Announcement] Pa’lante Packs: ‘Simple Pack’

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Greetings Adventurers!

It is always a great day when we get to announce a new cottage company and new cottage products!

Earlier today, October 27 2016, Andrew Bentz and John Zahorian released their first backpack, called the ‘Simple Pack‘, from their new cottage startup, Pa’lante Packs.


The ‘Simple Pack‘:

The ‘Simple Pack‘ is a pack for the hiker that has learned what they do *not* need to carry.

The ‘Simple Pack‘ is designed for those with a 5-8 pound base pack weight, and as such is a frameless pack.

The ‘Simple Pack‘ is offered in a 35l and a 40l volume pack.

The only option being offered is the ability to add on some lycra mesh shoulder straps. (unknown if an iphone ‘plus’ size fits)

One rather interesting feature is a stretch pocket on the bottom of the backpack – I wonder how well the Therm-a-Rest Z-Sit pad will slid into there!

There is no need to worry about hip belt sizes, as the Simple Pack does not having any – this is, after all, a sub 10 pound backpack and you just do not need a hip belt at those weights.

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October 27, 2016 at 6:36 pm

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Trail Designs “Caldera Cone” for the Vargo/Massdrop 700 BOT

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I just got an email from the guys at Trail Designs that they have released a Caldera Cone (both standard & classic ti-tri) for the Vargo Outdoors/Massdrop “BOT 700”.

As I have previously shared, Trail Designs cannot make a Sidewinder for the BOT 700 due to the design of the pot, so this is great news that there is now a Caldera Cone for it!

You can order the Standard Caldera Cone or the Classic Ti-Tri Caldera Cone directly from Trail Designs, just look for the “Vargo BOT (0.7 Liter)” pot size!

Written by John B. Abela

October 16, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Klymit ‘Hammock V’ Pad

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Hitting the scale at 765 grams, our good friends at Klymit have gotten their new ‘Hammock V Pad‘ up for sale.

Due to the ‘wings’ (shall I call them) the pad ends up being 47 inches (119cm) wide, which puts this pad into the realm of, well, wide.

MSRP for the ‘Hammock V Pad‘ is $139.95

The bottom side (underneath) of the pad appears to have two plugs, which is typical of pads this size. I wonder if these are one way plugs or if Klymit has leased the rights to use the S2S two-way air plugs (‘multi-functional valve’ I think they like to call them these days), which honestly, every company that makes air pads should just do, they really are nice.

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September 15, 2016 at 7:01 pm

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Massdrop x Klymit Pillow Ultra Light

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Massdrop x Klymit Static V Ultralight Pad & Pillow X UL

Greetings Adventurers!

Wanted to talk Klymit pillows for a couple of minutes, with a primary focus on the newly introduced “Pillow Ultra Light” – a collaborative pillow with Massdrop and Klymit.

At the moment Klymit has three pillows on the market:

  1. Pillow X
  2. Cush Seat
  3. Pillow Ultra Light

I have used all three of these and as one would expect, they each have their highlights.

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August 24, 2016 at 12:08 am

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