Blog — Lightweight Backpacking

Lauren Hudgins
Fall 2018 Kickstarter Roundup

Fall 2018 Kickstarter Roundup

The Cnoc Vecto is a thruhiker's dream brought to reality by backers of our successful June 2017 Kickstarter campaign. In support of the outdoor equipment cottage industry, we want to highlight some excellent campaigns that we think are worth backing. Lumapod - The World's Fastest Tripod The Lumapod is already well funded, but you should still become a backer to get yours at a discounted price. It's a lightweight tripod (with a name that sounds like a Pokemon) that can be set up as quickly as four seconds (probably with practice). The Go85 is and 400g and designed for your phone or...

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Gilad Nachmani
Rain Protection Alternatives To Waterproofs

Rain Protection Alternatives To Waterproofs

Now that the rainy is season is fully upon us, I hope you have had a chance to go hiking in the rain or are planning on going soon—it is a great way to enjoy the outdoors! The big problem with hiking in the rain is that at some point you will get wet. It might take 2, 3 or 8 hours, but if you spend long enough outdoors in the rain, getting in wet is inevitable. You can "arm" yourself with as many waterproof garments as you wish: jacket, pants, boots, gloves, the lot, but at some point you...

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Gilad Nachmani
Hiking Boots Or Trail Shoes?

Hiking Boots Or Trail Shoes?

I remember when I first decided I no longer wanted to hike with boots: my wife and I had been walking the Offa’s Dyke national trail for a week, proceeding at a leisurely pace with our heavy packs and our walking boots when on the 7th day my knees flared up, getting fully inflamed. I had not done anything special besides hiking, which I had done many times before and I usually walk for miles in my daily routine, so it made no sense! When I got home I went back to my regular shoes (Inov-8 Tarroc 330) and my...

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Gilad Nachmani
Why Are We Making Lightweight Gear and Not Ultralight?

Why Are We Making Lightweight Gear and Not Ultralight?

The term "ultralight" when it comes to backpacking gear is very, very popular - from big brands to handmade garage brands, it seems that everyone is making ultralight gear. You might have bought into the craze or just heard about it, you might be a skeptic or a believer, but there is very little doubt you have encountered it. As a company, we set out to design gear in the lightweight category; we know it is not ultralight, but we really like to also stay comfortable on the trail. But before we dive too deeply into our philosophy, we need...

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