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A Thru-Hiker’s Ode to Closed Cell Mattresses

In the world of thru-hiking, the lightweight, ultra-reliable and indestructible closed-cell camping mattress is hard to beat. We caught up with three thru-hikers that swear by the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite and Z Seat to learn more about their adventures and…

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Cots on the Rocks

I slept on a Therm-a-Rest Ultralite Cot over 60 nights in the Pacific Northwest this year … in State and National Parks, in National Forests, in Wilderness Areas, next to cold rocky rivers, in hot dusty deserts, and every place…

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New Products for 2016

Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to finally hike the PCT, or perhaps you’re stoked on car camping in the Southwest desert this spring. No matter where you’re heading, or what adventure you’re planning, we’ve got the gear you need…

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Video: How to Choose the Perfect Camping Mattress

Finding the right camping mattress can be like searching for the Holy Grail. Maybe you’re a backpacker chasing the perfect combination of warmth and weight. Or perhaps you’re a car camper hunting for that ultimate “feels like my bed at…

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The “Meme”-ing of Self-Inflation

We saw this post on Reddit and laughed like these guys for a full minute. I mean seriously, it’s pretty flattering to have your own meme on the interwebs, and we firmly believe that you should always be ready to…

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New Product for 2015

Imagine the world’s largest vacuum cleaner convention. Suits, ties, slick salespeople and some schmarmy, red-carpeted, faux-pillared and gold-embossed convention center on the outskirts of Vegas that was last renovated in 1977. Take the exact opposite of all that (except the…

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Winterizing Your Gear

There are a bunch of reasons glaciers have found a home here in the Northwest, draped heavily on the shoulders of our beloved Cascades, and snow events like we just had are one of them. Multiple feet of snow fell…

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