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Summer 2016 Outdoor Retailer Trade Show: Overview and Index

By Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl, Gossamer Gear Brand Ambassadors Overview and Index (this article) Technology and Trends Lightweight Gear Ultralight Gear Footwear Food Welcome to our coverage of the Summer 2016 Outdoor Retailer Trade Show. Our focus is new gear and technologies of interest to lightweight and ultralight backpackers. We have covered the Outdoor […]

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Cuben Fiber is now Dyneema Composite Fabrics

By Will Rietveld Fabric Origins The original name Cuben Fiber doesn’t do much to describe what the product is; a reporter coined the name back in 1992 when sails made of this fabric helped win the America’s Cup. The name stuck and use of the extraordinarily lightweight and strong fabric expanded into other industries. However, […]

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Living Off the Grid and In the Moment

  High on a ridge, with a view of the Pacific transcending and the Santa Lucia Mountains ascending from the horizon, my other half and I settle. We have called Big Sur, California home for the past few years and, during that time, have learned a lot about what it takes to live in this […]

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Choosing our Backpack for a Hike

NOTE: PAGE UPDATE IN PROGRESS – REFER TO PRODUCT PAGE FOR CORRECT SPECS   Deciding on the best Gossamer Gear lightweight backpack for your time in the backcountry can be a daunting task. When purchasing a new backpack, think about the types of trips you will be taking. Whether it’s high mileage backpacking trips, weekend […]

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Summer 2015 Outdoor Retailer Highlights

  By Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors     Our focus is new lightweight gear, and new technologies that make gear better. Following, in no particular order, are our findings from Summer OR, held August 4-8, 2015. Items featured will be available in spring 2016 unless stated otherwise. Weights are for […]

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Pacific Crest Trail Days 2015

Gossamer Gear enjoyed being at this year’s Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kickoff (ADZPCTKO)! This year was unique because it was made of two sessions. Both sessions included great seminars and a chance to meet many thru and section hikers. This thru hiker’s old Gorilla had many miles left after washing with Dr Bronners […]

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A Thru Hikers Love for a Kumo Pack

I remember the first time I met Dirtmonger last summer, 2014.  I was roughly half way through my hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, in Northern California.  He was sporting a Kumo Superlight, and it looked as if it were just a day pack on him.  I was with my good friend, Not-a-Chance, and she […]

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Highlights: Winter 2015 Outdoor Retailer Trade Show

The Outdoor Retailer Trade Show happens twice a year in Salt Lake City, Utah. This winter show features new gear that will appear in retail stores in fall 2015, so expect a heavier proportion of warm clothing and winter equipment. We also like to cover emerging new technologies that will make their way into new […]

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