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Backpacker Magazine – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011

Editors' Picks with Associate Editor Kristy Holland

This editor like her campsite to be well lit.

Black Diamond Ion (Courtesy Photo)
Black Diamond Ion (Courtesy Photo)
Soto Pocket Torch XT (Courtesy Photo)
Soto Pocket Torch XT (Courtesy Photo)

[bargain headlamp]
Black Diamond Ion
I wear the Ion like a necklace around camp—it’s that unobtrusive. The bright setting is enough to scout campsites, and the dim one isn’t blinding in a tent. $20; 1 oz.; blackdiamondequipment.com

[super lighter]
Soto Pocket Torch XT
Don’t be surprised when this thing literally saves my bacon. The lighter-size flamethrower is windproof, refillable, water-resistant, and has an extending head that can ignite my stove from four-plus inches away (so I don’t have to stick my hand under a hot, unsteady pot if my stove blows out). $25; 1.9 oz.; sotooutdoors.com



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