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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009
We tested more than 500 products–stoves, clothes, cameras, filters, tech tools, knives, and meals–to find these proven performers.
BATTERY-OPERATED Light, bright, and packable, Black Diamond's Orbit is the LED lantern that every staffer wanted this year. It was so coveted we gave it an Editors' Choice Award. $30; 4.5 oz.; bdel.com
GAS-POWERED Light up group campsites with the Primus Micron. It uses a standard fabric mantle housed inside a rustproof steel-mesh cylinder to crank out 70 watts. It lasts 12 hours on a standard-size canister. An automatic ignition and durable mantle (one lasted us all summer) seal the deal. $70; 4 oz.; primuscamping.com
We like eGear's polycarbonate Windmill, which weighs a hair more than a Bic, but works way better in wind and rain. When it's empty, screw Brunton's Fuel Tool ($14; .8 oz.; brunton.com) to any near-empty butane canister and use the dregs to refill the lighter. $45; 1.1 oz.; egear.com
Elemental Herbs All Good Lips doesn't melt in the heat, goes on smooth in the cold, heals chapped lips fast, and comes in three tangy SPF 15 flavors–original, sweet tangerine, and cool spearmint. $4; elementalherbs.com