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Backpacker Editors’ Choice 2008

The year's best packs, boots, tents, jackets, and sleeping bags. Period. Plus, a never-die headlamp, a life-saving beacon, a back-saving ultralight chair, and more innovative, trail-tested gear.
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Big Agnes Cyclone SL Chair Kit
Rest easy: Here are 6 ounces of pure lounge-lizard comfort

Never again do you have to choose between a heavy chair and a sore butt. The Cyclone weighs less than a New York City bagel and packs smaller than a three-piece fly rod. When coupled with an inflatable mattress, it becomes an instant backcountry recliner. It’s so supportive that one editor–who suffers from chronic low-back problems–now packs it on every trip. The secret: ultralight aluminum pole sections that provide support. $40; 6 oz.; (877) 554-8975; bigagnes.com.

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