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Simply Start Lightweight Backpacking

Do you dream of hiking down the trail with less effort? Has backpacking been more of a task than a joy? Are you a beginner to hiking? Anyone can be a lightweight backpacker if they put the effort in and do some research before they make gear purchases. There are many benefits to lightweight (ultralight) […]

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A Desert Rat in the Rainforest

In September, I was preparing for a trip to Olympic National Park in Washington State, known for its rainforests and glaciated peaks. A landscape that couldn’t be more different than my usual backpacking territory of Arizona and the Grand Canyon. Instead of rattlesnakes and heatstroke, I’d have to mind the mountain goats and hypothermia. It […]

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Anish Sets Appalachian Trail Self Supported (FKT) Record

Brand Ambassador Heather “Anish” Anderson sets a new self-supported speed record on the Appalachian Trail with her Gossamer Gear Gorilla backpack! She finished the 2,189.2 mile Appalachian Trail in 54 days, 7 hours, and 48 minutes. She hiked Southbound and averaged about 42 miles a day over the course of the trail. Hiking long days, often […]

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Choosing our Backpack for a Hike

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 warrior style outings, or a pack for day hiking trips, you will need a […]

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Training for a Record Setting (FKT) Hike

When people prepare for a hike a lot of emphasis is placed on what goes inside your pack and how much it weighs. I find that carrying lightweight, minimal, and functional gear makes it much easier to hike high mileage days. But it isn’t a magic solution. Plenty of physical, mental, and emotional prep work […]

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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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Easily Size and Fit a Backpack

Ever wondered how to properly size and fit a backpack? Purchasing a new backpack can help you get in more miles and enjoy your outdoor adventures with much more comfort than a traditional backpack. This is only possible if your pack fits correctly. Determining your torso length and hip size is key to purchasing a […]

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Backpacking England’s North Norfolk Coastal Path

For those looking for easy hiking with beautiful views in England, the North Norfolk Coastal Path has 46 miles of trail to explore. This National Trail can be linked with another national trail: the Peddars Way which adds up to 92 miles of trail altogether. This Coastal path makes a brilliant easy 3 day hike. […]

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