Go farther, faster with these ultralight essentials


Today, the “fast and light” fringe has morphed with the mainstream. Camping and backpacking products from most major companies now stress light weight. Stoves and sleeping bags can measure scant ounces on a scale. Two-person tents today weigh in at around two pounds—poles included—and pack down to bread-loaf size.

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Warm up to the very best mid-layers

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Don’t settle for less than the max in mid-layer comfort. Think of a whale’s blubber. Or bear fur. For humans, mid-layer apparel—including vests, fleece tops, and zip-up turtlenecks—are the prime insulating ingredients in a wintertime suit.

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