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BACKPACKER is sending our readers out and into the field. Meet our newest gear testers, and find out if this year's gear was made to last, or whether it ought to hit the high trails home.Meet the latest addition to our gear testing squad, reader Katie Venable. With awesome outdoor excursions planned for the coming year, Katie's going to help us test the latest, and most durable outdoor gear and apparel. We're excited to see all the places she'll go on her upcoming adventures, but more importantly how all of her gear stands against the daily grind of the trails. Stay tuned as we introduce you to more of our reader gear testers in the coming months. Also, be sure to leave your comments about which gear you want to see our testers get dirty!