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[Released] Gossamer Gear ‘LT5’ Three Piece Carbon Trekking Poles

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Greetings Adventurers!

Gossamer Gear has introduced a new trekking pole, called the “LT5”, which is a three piece carbon fiber pole.

Many years ago I tried (and had no success) in making a three piece GG trekking pole (they sent me a bunch of hardware and poles and extra parts and such) and they had tried for a few years prior to that, so it is really nice to see that Gossamer Gear has worked out the manufacturing process to make a 3-piece trekking pole.

The nice thing about a three piece pole is that it can compact down to a smaller/shorter size, making it easier to air travel with, not having it stick up above your backpack, and making it useful for being a support pole on shelters that use/require a very short support pole.

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March 24, 2017 at 11:23 am

[Released] Enlightened Equipment ‘Rain Wrap’

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Greetings Adventurers!

A new rain wrap/kilt has hit the market today, called the “Rain Wrap“, from Enlightened Equipment.

There is not a lot of specs when it comes to a rain kilt/wrap, but the jist of it is that the Rain Wrap is 1.4 oz for a small, 1.75 oz for a medium, and 2.1 ounces for the large, and the fabric is a waterproof 15D Silnylon.

This collage image was in their newsletter email announcement:

Where To Buy:

Directly from the Enlightened Equipment Rain Wrap page.

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March 17, 2017 at 2:22 pm

Zpacks ‘Vertice Rain Jacket’

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Greetings Adventurers,

Earlier today, March 17, 2017, our good friends over at Zpacks released their next generation rain jacket, called the “Vertice Rain Jacket“.

I have written about every generation of the Zpacks WPB rain jackets, so it is always an exciting day to get to share my thoughts on a new generation of this rain jacket.

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March 17, 2017 at 11:32 am

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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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