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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)

Fox River X-Static Sock Liners – EC Winner 1999

Sock liners aren’t going to win “Sexiest Gear of the Year” anytime soon, but when it comes to fundamental gear that can significantly change your backpacking experience, liners should be in the hall of fame. My personal favorites are Fox River’s X-Static Liner socks, which have been changing readers’ lives since they were first recognized with an Editors’ Choice back in the late ‘90s. I saw the difference after my buddy literally jogged the last four miles out of the Ansel Adams Wilderness (pack and all) because it made the blisters ‘less painful than walking.’ He added these liners for the next trip, and he’s hardly had a blister problem since. They also greatly reduced his famously suffocating foot odor, which meant tentmates no longer had to sleep with a snorkel out the side door in order to breathe. Credit goes to all-natural silver-coated nylon, which does double duty by relegating funk and transferring heat away from your feet. Bottom Line: They simply make hiking more comfortable, both for you and your comrades. Specs: 3 oz. (pair); $11;

These liners were also chosen as the editors' "Toughest Gear" in the April 2010 issue, and the above photo is one of the editor's well-loved pair.

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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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