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Backpacker Magazine – Online Exclusive

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Gear Pro: Weekend Hike Essentials

These 7 items make a killer kit for your spring weekends.




5. Headlamp: Black Diamond Spot (middle)
This tiny powerhouse topped our most recent headlamp review for its brightness,
affordability, and easy ergonomics. $40; 3.3 oz.; blackdiamondequipment.com 



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rbryanp
Jul 04, 2014

Nice content on the article, and good suggestions. However, when you are economically challenged as most people are these days, a price that exceeds $700.00 as an initial outlay for equipment makes for an expensive gear list. Granted, once the stuff is purchased, it's yours to use on as many trips as you can as long as it doesn't wear out or become unusable for other reasons. It is still a pricey gear list. So I give you 4-Stars for that.

In addition to the equipment featured in your article, how about providing a 1 to 1 list of lower-cost alternative equipment that would still provide the majority of capabilities and features as the featured equipment? This would allow those of use with lower incomes to still be able to get out and enjoy the best of what nature has to offer. Backpacking and hiking are not just for the well-to-do.

About the article itself...I agree with the previous comments. The "slide-show" illustration method that you use with your articles is getting old. It is particularly frustrating if you have slow down-load speeds. But even if you have a faster down-load speed as I do, sometimes it can take 30 seconds or more to load that next picture. In this day and age of technology, that is about 28 seconds too long.

Loose 1-star for that.

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Jackie
Jun 25, 2014

Yes! Great info, but flipping pages is just getting old.

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Jeff
Jun 25, 2014

Same here. Listen to Wendy

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Wendy
Jun 24, 2014

Sorry BPM, not waiting to load seven pages to get this. Put it on a single scrollable page and I'd take a look, OK?

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