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Backpacker Magazine – August 2008

3 Ways To Save: Ultralight Dayhiking

Save weight, your feet, and money with these three pieces of ultralight gear

by: Kristin Hostetter

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GoLite Wisp (Courtesy Photo)
GoLite Wisp (Courtesy Photo)
Hi-Tec V-Lite Trail Eruption (Courtesy Photo)
Hi-Tec V-Lite Trail Eruption (Courtesy Photo)
Outdoor Research Dry Peak Bagger (Julia Vandenoever)
Outdoor Research Dry Peak Bagger (Julia Vandenoever)

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Instead of buying a waterproof sleeping bag stuff sack for overnight trips and an ultralight dayhiking pack, get a two-in-one deal with the Outdoor Research Dry Peak Bagger. It has 1,650 cubic inches of storage space, which is ample room for layers, snacks, water, camera, and emergency gear on a dayhike, but it's so light and packable that it also serves as a waterproof stuff sack for a typical three-season sleeping bag. (And then doubles as a summit or daypack in camp.) There's nothing fancy–just a rolltop closure, exterior stuff-it pocket, mesh shoulder straps, and sternum strap with safety whistle. And it has no hipbelt, which means comfort maxes out with a 10-pound load aboard. But why would you carry more than that on an ultralight dayhike, anyway? $49; 9.6 oz.; one size. (888) 467-4327; outdoorresearch.com. Reader service #120


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sabo damingo
Sep 24, 2008

try recycle sports stores as some pieces are bargin prices, so you can try without going broke

thx

Frank Oslick
Sep 10, 2008

Checked their website. Nothing they make comes in different widths. In fact width isn't mentioned at all, just length, so you must guess what they chose as their standard width. B? D?

Fit is more important than anything. Forget the "features" and get something that comes in actual widths.

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