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Gear Review: Four Summer Camping Steals

Bonus: They are all lightweight and former Editors' Choice winners.

by: Will Rochfort

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Black Diamond Orbit lantern (Will Rochfort)
Black Diamond Orbit lantern (Will Rochfort)
Big Agnes Cyclone (Will Rochfort)
Big Agnes Cyclone (Will Rochfort)
Fox River X-Static Sock Liner (Julia Vandenoever)
Fox River X-Static Sock Liner (Julia Vandenoever)
Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack (Thomas MacDonald)
Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack (Thomas MacDonald)

Black Diamond Orbit Lantern – EC Winner 2009
I used to think that lanterns were a waste of weight, relegated to Boy Scout trips and car camping with mom and dad. Boy was I wrong. Black Diamond’s Orbit Lantern has completely changed my mind on the matter due to its superior light-to-bright ratio; for only 3 oz. (sans batteries), you get a four-meter radius of 45 lumens. In plain English, this means there’s plenty of light for late-night camp chef cook offs, midnight poker games, or cooking breakfast for alpine starts, all for less weight than a set of cooking spices. This lantern saved our bacon after three of the five folks’ headlamps failed/broke on a recent trip to Yosemite (we only brought backup batteries for one), and I even hooked it to the front of my pack for a pre-dawn scramble to the top of Liberty Cap. As an added bonus, you can also purchase a rechargeable battery pack that comes complete with adapters for all major international outlets ($30). After charging overnight, the Orbit ran full strength for about six hours while in the backcountry; I let it run out at home and it faded after 11 total hours. Specs: 3 oz.; $30;

Read the original Editors' Choice review.

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May 24, 2011

Good product. Lighter than any drysack on the market and does not need to be lined like a Comp or regular stuff sac.

Ben Wilson
May 23, 2011

I started out using the small dry sack for my bag and a large for my clothing but turns out the large is too big. I now just put my bag and clothing all in the large and it still compresses all the way to the minimum size (about the size of a basketball. used for 3 years and still does great

Justin Edman
May 19, 2011

I totally agree with what they had to say about these compression/dry sacks. One goes home with every sleeping bag and tent I sell at REI and they're also the same bags I use for storing my sleeping bag and tent when I'm on trail. ♥ these bags!!!

May 18, 2011

"all-natural silver-coated nylon"...?


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