Kovea Spider @ Massdrop for $35 bucks!!

Massdrop​ has the KOVEA​ ‘Spider’ stove available again – priced at $35 bucks.

Awesome little stove that I have come to understand why everybody has raved about this thing!

If you need a windscreen for it I recommend the Flat Cat Gear ‘Bobcat Kovea Windscreen’ (stainless steel) or a carbon felt windscreen.

Get the Kovea Spider here!

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Peak to Plateau, Kailash 1/4 Zip

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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Six Moon Designs (2015) “Fusion 65” Available For Pre-Order

Six Moon Designs (2015)

Hey all, a very brief post/announcement:

I rarely do product announcements via my website (half dozen times at at the most since I started hikelighter)… but the second generation Six Moon Designs “Fusion 65” backpack was just made available for pre-order a few hours ago.

The Fusion 65 backpack has been, without question, the #1 backpack that I have been waiting for – and if you are wondering why, go read my thoughts about it on my “Gear of 2014” article.

I placed an order for mine as soon as I saw it become available.

Selected the “Gray” option with the “S-Curve” Shoulder Yoke!

This is going to be the backpack that goes with me on my Mojave Trail hike later this year – and likely throughout the 2016 hiking season (non sub-2267 gram trips of course).

Anyway, super excited about this backpack being released… just wanted to share the news with everybody.

Head over to: http://www.sixmoondesigns.com/packs/104-2015-fusion-65.html

(updated: Sept 14, 2015)

My backpack has arrived and here is a quick walk-around video of the pack:

 

Here is an excellent video overview of the 2015 Fusion 50 by Tom Willard:

ZPacks “Arc Zip” Backpack

ZPacks "Arc Zip" Backpack
ZPacks “Arc Zip” Backpack

Greetings Hikers,

Very happy to share the news that ZPacks has released the “Arc Zip” backpack, which has been a collaborated design involving myself and Joe Valesko, the owner of ZPacks, since I initially approached him with the idea of working together to build a front panel cuben fiber backpack, back in September of 2012.

The “Arc Zip” is a fully featured backpack that utilizes an old fashion front panel loading design. Simply put, it was time to bring an old school design into the world of new school fabric and modern day lightweight backpacks!

The “Arc Zip” is being offered in three different volume sizes:

A 47L (2,850 cubic inches) weighing only 19.0 ounces (539 grams).

A 54L (3,300 cubic inches) weighing only 19.5 ounces (553 grams).

A 62L (3,800 cubic inches) weighing only 20 ounces (567 grams).

The Arc Zip features a traditional full-U shaped zipper making up the front panel loading pocket. Sitting on top of the front panel is a high volume ‘front pocket’ that is solid fabric giving it a very clean look. Designed without a roll top closure, it uses a top compression system that allows you to compress down the top of your pack as you eat through your food or if you just do not need the extra volume. It features two internal compression straps to help keep your gear in place and give the pack extra durability for those times when you have to carry a lot of gear.

The Arc Zip, like all of the Arc backpacks designed by ZPacks, includes the Patent Pending Flexed Arc carbon fiber frame, solid fabric side pockets (5 Liters / 300 cubic inches), side compression straps, top and bottom straps, hydration ports.

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Mountain Laurel Designs LittleStar

It Has Arrived! The Mountain Laurel Designs LittleStar - the solo version of the TrailStar!
The Mountain Laurel Designs LittleStar!!
The solo version of the MLD TrailStar!

Greetings All,

Here is something a lot of us have been waiting for… the Mountain Laurel Designs LittleStar – the solo version of the crazy popular MLD TrailStar!!

I know I am not alone when I say I am very excited to see shelter hit the market.

The Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar has been one of, if not the, most desired and awarded cottage made shelter over the last few years. Its ability to handle horrific wind conditions has proven to hikers around the world that it is a shelter to be contended with.

For some of us though, we felt the original TrailStar just had to big of a footprint. I know I am not alone in that. Every time I have seen a TrailStar setup I just went “wow, that sucker is huge”. Those of us who have felt that way have been long waiting for MLD to release a smaller version of the shelter, and now they have done so.

Mountain Laurel Designs is stating that the LittleStar has a 15% smaller footprint.

They have also indicated that it “will handle wind as well or better than the larger TrailStar“, which of course makes sense as there is less material for the wind to sit and pound against, due to its 15% smaller size.

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Black Rock Gear Introduced Entire Line Of Winter Season Gloves!

An entire new lineup of gloves from Black Rock Gear!
An entire new lineup of gloves from Black Rock Gear! The Fingerless Foldback Mitt, the Expedition Grade Liner Mitt, and the Hybrid Gauntlet Mitt.

Greetings All,

Super excited about this announcement!

One of my sponsors, specifically Black Rock Gear, based out of Seattle, Washington, has just introduced an entire line of winter season down gloves – and these are awesome looking!

Many of you that are BRG fans might remember that they previously had in their product lineup a very sweet pair of undermitts (which most of us have been buying/own) and earlier in 2013 they introduced a pair of gauntlet mitts which have apparently been huge sellers for them!

On August 30, 2013 they will be making available for purchase an entire new catalog of winter glove products for the 2013/2014 winter season – check them out at http://www.blackrockgear.com/mitt_splash.html

In addition to their existing gauntlet mitts, they are introducing a new Expedition Grade Liner Mitt, which they are indicating are the warmest mitts they have ever created, and a pair of Foldback Fingerless mitts, which feature a fingerbox that can be folded back to help you have quick access to your fingers without taking off the entire glove.

Being Black Rock Gear, quality, durability and attention to producing the lightest possible gear, are of course the mainstay of these new gloves.

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Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System (SP128)

Sawyer Squeeze & Sawyer Mini - photo credit Brian Green.
Sawyer Squeeze & Sawyer Mini
photo credit @Brian Green (thanks!)

Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System (SP128)

Sawyer, the company behind the Squeeze water filter (see my initial review, second review, third review of the Squeeze) have announced they will be releasing a new version of their 0.1 Absolute Micron filter sometime in the 2013 Fall season (Sunday, September 22 through Friday, December 20). Note: It was officially released the fourth week of September 2013.

It will be called the “Sawyer MINI Filter”

It will be within the 2 ounce range. They are not providing much further detail on the weight and what that stated weight includes (caps, label, etc). As it is, the existing Sawyer Squeeze Filter is 63.25 grams (2.231 ounces) without the cap or label, so what exact weight they have reached by doing away with the heavy plastic around the entire unit is totally unknown at this point. We would really have to hope that they have not made it heavier by adding all of the little new stuff to it. It appears they have molded what is presently the “adapter kit” right onto the ends of the filter. IF Sawyer has actually made the MINI heavier by doing this, that is just going to be… well, disappointing. Hopefully they will be at the Outdoor Retailer (summer) next week and somebody there can squeeze out some more information about this (ok, that was a really bad pun, sorry).

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