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Backpacker Magazine – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011

Editors' Picks with Executive Editor Dennis Lewon

This no-nonsense editor needs gear that can go the distance.

Outdoor Research Centrifuge (Courtesy Photo)
Outdoor Research Centrifuge (Courtesy Photo)
SOG Flash II (Courtesy Photo)
SOG Flash II (Courtesy Photo)
Arc'Teryx Silo 30 (Courtesy Photo)
Arc'Teryx Silo 30 (Courtesy Photo)
Core Concept Whiskey River Hybrid (Courtesy Photo)
Core Concept Whiskey River Hybrid (Courtesy Photo)
Exped Dreamwalker 650 (Courtesy Photo)
Exped Dreamwalker 650 (Courtesy Photo)

[versatile bag]
Exped Dreamwalker 650
I don’t like getting chilled while sitting around camp in subfreezing temps, but I also don’t like packing a bulky puffy. This wearable 750-fill down, 20°F sleeping bag—with a drawcord opening at the feet, zippered arm holes, and hand warmer pockets—is the perfect multitasking solution. Bonus: Coffee in bed has never been easier. $360; 2 lbs. 6 oz.; exped.com

[daypack]
Arc’teryx Silo 30
This load hauler is no featherweight, but it’s made with hard-duty materials that can handle abuse from ski gear and tools. The suspension manages dawn-to-dusk loads with superior stability. $169; 3 lbs. 5 oz.; arcteryx.com

[shirt]
Core Concepts Whiskey River Hybrid Snap
it up and hit the slopes, trail, or pub in this retro-styled performance layer. I’ve used it as a travel/ski/hike shirt from Norway to Colorado; the DWR finish on the nylon face and the warm, wicking poly lining make it protective enough for cool, variable spring conditions. $90; 14 oz.; corelayers.com

[versatile layer]
Outdoor Research Centrifuge
This is my go-to jacket for working hard in deep cold. The wind-resistant front and snug hood enhance warmth, and the breathable back and sides don’t get steamy under a pack. Nice: The offset zipper doesn’t irritate my chin. $125; 14 oz.; outdoorresearch.com

[knife]
SOG Flash II
With a 3.5-inch blade and secure locking mechanism that’s easy to operate with gloves—the knife practically opens itself, thanks to internal springs—the Flash is ideal for cold-weather trips. And because the nylon handle is so light, it’s suitable year-round as well. $75; 3 oz.; sogknives.com



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Lostfalls
Jan 13, 2012

Are you kidding me? It's a snuggie for camping. This doesn't even deserve to grace the web pages of backpacker magazine. If you can handle being chilled at camp get into bed or go home! It's time to call the whambulance!

Holy smokes you guys should be ashamed of yourselves, I hope the money you got for featuring this in a serious manner was worth the respect you just lost......

Jeff
Jan 10, 2012

I'd guess that this guy is eating in his bag up in alpine territory where bears ain't much of a concern. At least i've never heard of a mountaineer hanging a bear bag.

Kelly
Jan 10, 2012

Um, Isnt it a bad idea to be eating in your sleeping bag? Especially in bear country?

Kelly
Jan 10, 2012

Um, Isnt it a bad idea to be eating in your sleeping bag? Especially in bear country?

nicholas8
Dec 13, 2011

Sog Flash II is $40 at Amazon.

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