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Backpacker Magazine – August 2008

Field Notes: North Face Propel Sleeping Bag, Asolo Power Matic Boot, Lanterns, and Vargo Titanium Sierra Pot

The latest word from our testers

by: Kelly Bastone, Berne Broudy, Kristin Hostetter, Dennis Lewon, Steven Roy, Charlie Wood

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The North Face Propel (Courtesy Photo)
The North Face Propel (Courtesy Photo)
Asolo Power Matic 500 gv (Courtesy Photo)
Asolo Power Matic 500 gv (Courtesy Photo)
Black Diamond Apollo Lantern (Courtesy Photo)
Black Diamond Apollo Lantern (Courtesy Photo)
Vargo Titanium Sierra 750 (Courtesy Photo)
Vargo Titanium Sierra 750 (Courtesy Photo)

Lanterns
Deluxe: Black Diamond Apollo Lantern
Meet the smartest LED lantern on the planet: Its dimmable light conserves batteries, and its folding legs make it compact. In our tents, the frosted globe emitted a warm glow that was perfect for playing cards. Our tester's only quibble: "When you turn the light on, it blinds you in the high position; I wish the adjustment started low and let you ratchet it up from there." In our tests, batteries (four AAs) lasted close to a week at the lowest setting. At the highest setting, however, batteries averaged 7.5 hours–half of the listed lifespan. $50; 11.2 oz. with batteries. (801) 278-5552; bdel.com. Reader service #109

Bargain: Coghlan's Micro Lantern This tiny lantern is the size of a D battery and costs little more than a deli sandwich. It's not as bright as the BD Apollo for camp duty, but it's a good tent light at a fraction of the price. $8; .8 oz. (877) 264-4526; coghlans.com. Reader service #110
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Rob Davidson
Sep 07, 2008

Vargo's designers missed what made the Sierra Cup so versatile. The steel handle was a piece of wire forned into a finger loop that ran around the rim of the cup, that acted as a heat sink. The heat was directed away from the rim. You could safely drink hot liquids, unlike nearly any of the available single wall titanium cups on the market currently.
I carried a SC cup into the 1980's but gave them up for the truck stop 12 once Alladin insulated cup with one piece lid. Cut the handle off and thread a cord tying lid and cup together. My current one is a give-away goodie from LNT.org

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