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Gilad Nachmani
A Quick Overview About Trekking Poles Design

A Quick Overview About Trekking Poles Design

There is so much written out there about trekking poles: what is best in aluminum vs carbon, cork or EVA handle, yes anti-shock or not, and so on. I don't want to write about all those as there is really enough about it, but I did want to put out a quick post about trekking pole design as it is something that comes up often. You can think of this as answering the question: what is the point of collapsible poles? When we talk about pole design, we mean the locking mechanism, the number of sections and how they are collapsed...

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Gilad Nachmani
Getting Into Solo Backpacking

Getting Into Solo Backpacking

Everyone who is into backpacking has been asked about going solo, and if you know of people who do solo backpacking, you must have wondered how they do it. Let me start by saying that I spend most of my time outdoors by myself, completely. Rarely do I hike with any company and all my adventures are solo backpacking trips. The idea of going solo was born partially by accident and continued out of necessity and to get some of the “me time” effect. The first time I went solo backpacking was while traveling in South America, specifically Chile, with a...

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Gilad Nachmani
Winter gear testing - a trip video from Eagle Creek, OR

Winter gear testing - a trip video from Eagle Creek, OR

 Testing gear is vital - not just prototypes but also existing products in new conditions. The unexpected extreme weather in the PNW in the last 3 months allowed some good conditions for testing in harsher conditions. One of those testing trips was an overnight trip to Eagle Creek trail, Oregon, from the trailhead to 7.5 miles camp site and back the following day. Half the trail from Tunnel falls to the camp site haven't been used for a while so it involved breaking trail in 2-3 feet of snow. The above conditions were great for working the Vertex carbon poles hard in...

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Gilad Nachmani
How to get lighter outdoors

How to get lighter outdoors

We all know the classic image of the outdoors backpacker: heavy leather boots, wool socks, shorts and a massive backpack with too much stuff attached on the outside. That image of a heavy laden walker has changed over the last 20 years, especially with the introduction of minimalist footwear and ultra running, creating a whole industry of lightweight gear. Who wouldn’t like to be “lightweight” when outdoors? Being nimble, fast and not dreading putting on the backpack after a much-needed break; but the lightweight community tends to be harsh on ways cut weight, including some myths like cutting toothbrushes in...

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