Happy Hallow’s Eve

Yet another Halloween . . . 38 now and they stay as unique as ever! This year we will be handing out mouths full of cavities!

In previous years we have been known for trickery and mayhem while at the party scene.

That’s why this detour from our previous years is unique. Calm and unique . . .

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Bye Portland . . .

By every account Portland was nothing we expected and everything we needed. Living out of your element helps one find a truer view of your values, and puts you to the test. We have made life long friends and will take with us more memories than are possible to recount . . .

Words cannot describe the mixed plate of feelings we are left with as we depart the city of bridges.

Thanks Portland.

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All the light weight Tents and Tarps . . . take your pick.

Looking for a new lightweight backpacking tent or shelter? Here is a list of every backpacking shelter I could find (120+ so far) that weighs under 3 pounds, to help you narrow your search.

I’ve organized them by weight and included photos and links to online retailers so you can do an easy side by side comparison and find the best shelter for your needs. Tents, tarptents, tarps, hammocks and bivys are included, as long as they weigh 3 lbs or less.

If you know of a shelter that I’ve missed please let me know in the comments section at the bottom of the page…

Backpacking Shelters Under 3 Pounds

Brand Model Weight Type
MSR Carbon Reflex 2 48 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $349.97

REI.com – $499.95

Campsaver.com – $499.95

Easton Kilo 3P 48 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $498.95

Amazon.com – $499.00

Big Sky Evolution 2P 48 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Bigskyproducts.com – $374.95

NEMO Obi 2P 48 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $282.34

REI.com – $389.95

Campsaver.com – $389.95

Tarptent Scarp 1 48 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Tarptent.com – $315.00

Big Sky Revolution 2P 47 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Bigskyproducts.com – $349.95

Exped Mira 1 47 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $328.95

NEMO Meta 2P 47 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $259.98

REI.com – $399.95

Campsaver.com – $399.95

The North Face Mica 1 46 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Sierra Designs Vapor Light 1 46 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $216.71

Amazon.com – $269.97

NEMO Moto 1P 46 oz Super Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $349.95

Black Diamond Firstlight 45 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $299.95

Amazon.com – $359.95

MSR Hubba 45 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $249.95

Campsaver.com – $249.95

REI.com – $279.95

Mountain Hardware Sprite 1 45 oz Super Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $129.97

Campsaver.com – $189.95

Marmot Eos 1P 44 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $228.90

REI.com – $229.00

Eureka Spitfire 1 44 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $99.00

Campsaver.com – $103.99

Big Sky Mirage 2P 43 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Bigskyproducts.com – $329.95

Sierra Designs Light Year 1 43 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $139.95

Campsaver.com – $169.95

 

Sierra Designs Mojo 2 43 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $319.99

Campsaver.com – $339.96

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 42 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $339.95

REI.com – $339.95

Campsaver.com – $339.95

Black Diamond HiLight 42 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $369.95

Amazon.com – $379.95

Tarptent Rainshadow 2 42 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Tarptent.com – $279.00

Hennessy Scout 42 oz Hammock

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $99.85

HennessyHammock.com – $99.95

Black Diamond Tripod Bivy 42 oz Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $292.45

Campsaver.com – $299.95

Montbell Crescent 2 41 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $278.95

Hennessy Asym Classic 41 oz Hammock

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $140.00

Hennessyhammock.com – $159.95

NEMO Obi 1P 40 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $339.99

REI.com – $339.95

Campsaver.com – $339.95

Tarptent Double Rainbow 40 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Tarptent.com – $275.00

Tarptent Stratospire 2 40 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Tarptent.com – $325.00

NEMO Nano Elite 39 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $389.95

Sierra Designs Stash 1 39 oz Super Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $149.97

Campsaver.com – $151.96

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 1 38 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $349.95

REI.com – $349.95

Campsaver.com – $349.95

Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy 37 oz Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $299.00

REI.com – $319.00

Campsaver.com – $319.95

MSR TWing 36 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $229.95

Amazon.com – $237.99

REI.com – $279.95

NEMO Gogo EX 36 oz Super Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $249.97

Campsaver.com – $329.95

 

Easton Kilo 2P 35 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $398.95

Campsaver.com – $398.95

 

Lightheart Gear Duo Wedge 35 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Lightheartgear.com – $350.00

 

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 34 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $295.96

Amazon.com – $369.95

REI.com – $369.95

REI Quarter Dome 1 34 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

REI.com – $219.00

MSR Carbon Reflex 1 34 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $399.95

REI.com – $399.95

Campsaver.com – $449.95

Mountain Hardware Super Mega UL2 34 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $428.95

Campsaver.com – $429.95

REI.com – $430.00

Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout 34 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Sixmoondesigns.com – $125.00

Antigravitygear.com – $125.00

Tarptent Rainbow 34 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Tarptent.com – $245.00

Tarptent Squall 2 34 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Tarptent.com – $249.00

NEMO Gogo LE 34 oz Super Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $329.95

Campsaver.com – $329.95

Hennessy Explorer Ultralight 34 oz Hammock

Available from these retailers:

Hennessyhammock.com – $249.95

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 33 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $215.96

REI.com – $269.95

Big Sky Evolution 1P 33 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Bigskyproducts.com – $274.95

Montbell Crescent 1 33 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $228.95

Tarptent Stratospire 1 33 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Tarptent.com – $285.00

Lightheart Gear Duo 32 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Lightheartgear.com – $295.00

Backpacking Shelters Under 2 Pounds

Brand Model Weight Type
NEMO Obi Elite 31 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $419.95

NEMO Metal 1P 31 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $288.95

Campsaver.com – $329.95

Hennessy Ultralight Asym 31 oz Hammock

Available from these retailers:

HennessyHammock.com – $219.95

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 30 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $319.95

REI.com – $319.95

Campsaver.com – $319.95

Big Sky Revolution 1P 30 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Bigskyproducts.com – $299.95

Easton Kilo 1P 30 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $348.95

Campsaver.com – $348.95

Hyperlite Mtn Gear Echo II 30 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Hyperlitemountaingear.com – $595.00

Tarptent Moment 30 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Tarptent.com – $235.00

Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy 30 oz Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $183.07

REI.com – $239.00

Campsaver.com – $239.95

Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum 29 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $499.95

REI.com – $499.95

Campsaver.com – $499.95

Lightheart Gear Solo Wedge 29 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Lightheartgear.com – $275

Black Diamond Bipod Bivy 29 oz Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $269.95

Campsaver.com – $269.95

Big Agnes 3 Wire Bivy 28 oz Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $299.95

REI.com – $339.95

Campsaver.com $339.95

Big Sky Mirage 1P 27 oz Tent

Available from these retailers:

Bigskyproducts.com – $274.95

Lightheart Gear Solo 27 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Lightheartgear.com – $245.00

Lightheart Gear Solong 6 27 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Lightheartgear.com – $295.00

 

Marmot Home Alone Bivy 27 oz Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $228.95

Campsaver.com – $228.95

 

Tarptent Notch 26 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Tarptent.com – $259.00

 

The North Face Asylum Bivy 26 oz Bivy

Available from these retailers:

 

Sea to Summit Specialist Duo 25 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $498.95

 

Tarptent Contrail 25 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Tarptent.com – $199.00

 

Hennessy Hyperlight Asym 25 oz Hammock

Available from these retailers:

Hennessyhammock.com – $249.95

 

Sierra Designs Zagori Bivy 25 oz Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $135.99

Campsaver.com – $143.16

Hyperlite Mtn Gear Echo I 24 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Hyperlitemountaingear.com – $495.00

Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker 24 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Sixmoondesigns.com – $225.00

Mountain Laurel Supermid 24 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Mountainlaureldesigns.com – $295.00

Outdoor Research Highland Bivy 24 oz Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $159.00

REI.com – $159.00

Campsaver.com – $159.95

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo 23 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Sixmoondesigns.com – $235.00

Granite Gear White Lightnin 10×12 23 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $175.96

Amazon.com – $189.26

NEMO Gogo Elite 23 oz Super Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $399.95

Campsaver.com – $399.95

Outdoor Research Aurora Bivy 22 oz Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $167.75

REI.com – $199.00

Campsaver.com – $199.95

Equinox Myotis Tarp 10×10 21 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $118.00

Equinoxltd.com – $135.00

Granite Gear White Lightnin 10×10 21 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $147.96

Amazon.com – $161.66

Lightheart Gear Solo Cuben 20 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Lightheartgear.com – $475.00

Tarptent Sublite 20 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Tarptent.com – $199.00

Mountain Laurel Cricket Tent Sil 20 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Mountainlaureldesigns.com – $295.00

Equinox Globeskimmer 10×12 19 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Equinoxltd.com – $129.00

Amazon.com – $134.04

MSR E-Wing 19 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $144.49

Campsaver.com – $149.95

REI.com – $169.95

MSR AC-Bivy 19 oz Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $199.95

REI.com – $199.95

Campsaver.com – $199.95

Gossamer Gear The One 18 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Gossamergear.com – $295.00

Sea to Summit Specialist Solo 18 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $428.95

Mountain Laurel Speedmid 18 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Mountainlaureldesigns.com – $185.00

Six Moon Designs Haven Tarp 18 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Sixmoondesigns.com – $200

Black Diamond Spotlight Bivy 18 oz Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $194.12

Campsaver.com – $199.95

Sierra Designs Navassa Bivy 17 oz Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Campsaver.com – $95.16

Amazon.com – $109.95

Mountain Laurel Duomid Sil 16 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Mountainlaureldesigns.com – $205.00

Big Sky Wisp 1P 16 oz Super Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Bigskyproducts.com – $199.95

Backpacking Shelters Under 1 Pound

Brand Model Weight Type
Six Moon Designs Skyscape X 15 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Sixmoondesigns.com – $450.00

Equinox Globeskimmer 8×10 15 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Equinoxltd.com – $92.00

Amazon.com – $96.04

REI Minimalist Bivy 15 oz Bivy
 

Available from these retailers:

REI.com – $99.50

Equinox Myotis Tarp 8×8 15 oz Bivy

Available from these retailers:

Amazon.com – $104.59

Equinoxltd.com – $115.00

Mountain Laurel Cricket Tent Cuben 15 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Mountainlaureldesigns.com – $500

Gossamer Gear SilTwinn 13 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Gossamergear.com – $140.00

Mountain Laurel Solomid Sil 13 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Mountainlaureldesigns.com – $170.00

Six Moon Designs Wild Oasis 13 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Sixmoondesigns.com – $175.00

Mountain Laurel Duomid Cuben 12 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Mountainlaureldesigns.com – $405.00

ZPacks Hexamid Solo+ Tent 11 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

ZPacks.com – $330.00

ZPacks Hexamid Twin Tent 11 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

Zpacks.com – $350.00

Gossamer Gear Spinnshelter 11 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Gossamergear.com – $195.00

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape 11 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Sixmoondesigns.com – $135.00

Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn 10 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Gossamergear.com – $175.00

Mountain Laurel Solomid Cuben 10 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Mountainlaureldesigns.com – $340.00

ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tent 9 oz Tarptent

Available from these retailers:

ZPacks.com – $295.00

Hyperlite Mtn Gear Echo 2 Tarp 9 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Hyperlitemountaingear.com – $295.00

Equinox Globe Skimmer 6×8 9 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Equinoxltd.com – $72.00

Amazon.com – $77.04

Hyperlite Mtn Gear Echo 1 Tarp 8 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Hyperlitemountaingear.com – $270.00

ZPacks Hexamid Solo+ Tarp 5 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

Zpacks.com – $215.00

ZPacks Hexamid Twin Tarp 5 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

ZPacks.com – $235.00

ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tarp 4 oz Tarp

Available from these retailers:

ZPacks.com – $195.00

 

MORE HERE: http://blackwoodspress.com/blog/12796/directory-lightweight-backpacking-shelters/

 

 

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Which Foot wear do I choose????

Below we describe the four main categories of hiking footwear and when you would be advised to go with each option. 

Running Shoes
Trail running shoes, though not designed for hiking, can work well in this application. They only come low cut, have soft rubber soles but with thick tread for gripping the trail, an EVA cushion midsole, and a breathable mesh or nylon upper. Very occasionally do these come with waterproof options, but most of the time they do not. They are more sensitive and agile than traditional boots. 

Best Use: fastpacking, dayhikes.

Hiking Shoes
Hiking shoes bridge the gap between boots and running shoes. They are lighter than boots, but sturdier and more supportive than running shoes. Usually they come with a waterproof option and a non-waterproof option. They are more often than not low cut, though some shoes have a tiny bit of ankle support, but never as high as a backpacking boot. They come usually with burly Vibram soles with a lightweight upper. Like running shoes, they are comfortable right out of the box and do not require any break-in time. 

Best Use: moderate backpacking, long distance lightweight hikes, dayhikes.

Hiking Boots
Hiking boots range on a spectrum of light hikers to backpacking boots, and the weight varies considerably along this spectrum. What mainly classifies a “boot” is a cut that reaches up on the ankle, a hard rubber sole, and they are usually waterproof. A traditional backpacking boot has a higher cut above the ankle than a light hiker, and is usually constructed with a full leather upper. A light hiker might have parts of mesh or lighter textile on the upper, but typically still protects the ankle.

Best Use: backpacking with heavy loads, hiking particularly rough terrain, hiking through snow where kicking steps might be necessary.

Mountaineering Boots
With full shanks, very stiff soles, and a high cut that usually also includes a gaiter, these are the heavy-hitters in the world of boots. Mountaineering boots are also insulated and have hard plastic inserts along the heel and sometimes on the toe to accommodate crampon bales. Though the weight and stiffness of these boots is overkill most of the time, these features are vital to mountaineers and ice climbers who spend their time traveling in snow and need the option of strapping on a crampon. 

Best Use: extreme hiking through snow, mountaineering, ice climbing.

Sometimes products can blurr the line between categories, such as a low-cut version fitting the description of a hiking shoe, and a high-cut version of the same shoe qualifying as a boot.

Overall, hiking shoes are the most versatile category, offering the highest performance for the amount of weight the product adds. Hiking shoes can be used more comfortably in a greater range of activities and conditions. A hiking boot is not comfortable to wear on a quick walk with your dog, but a hiking shoe is perfect for that type of outing AND perfect for a casual weekend of backpacking. 

Once you have decided on choosing a hiking shoe, here are the three primary considerations for selecting your shoe:

Weight
It requires five times as much energy to move weight on your feet as it does to move weight on your back. By this logic, switching from four-pound boots to two-pound shoes has the same effect as removing 10 pounds from your pack. Hence the saying “a pound on your feet is like five on your back.” This significant energy saving is the single most convincing reason to consider hiking shoes over boots. 

At Outdoor Gear Lab we generally advocate lighter gear because it can allow you to move faster and freer on your adventures than if you are loaded down with heavy gear. We have found that this also applies to footwear. Though heavy boots can sometimes have their purpose, we find the light weight of a shoe to be preferable 90 percent of time. 

Waterproofing or no Waterproofing?
Shoes with a waterproof/breathable membrane, such as Gore-Tex, provide extra protection against weather, snow, or stream crossings. Sometimes this is beneficial and sometimes it isn’t. The hiking community is split on whether having a waterproof membrane is a good thing. Often long-distance hikers and serious backpackers choose to go without Gore-Tex because their shoes will dry quicker once they do get wet, and breathe better all the time than ones with it. The thinking is that even with a protective membrane, your feet will get wet anyways. Water will splash into the top of your shoe during a stream crossing, run down your leg into the shoe during rain, or get damp from sweat. However, if you expect to encounter a decent amount of snow, then Gore-Tex is often preferred.

Fit
Even though we have thoroughly compared, tested, weighed, and evaluated all of these top name hiking shoes, there is one aspect that we cannot help you with, and that is fit. We have tried to provide an assessment of how each shoe fits, if it runs large or small, and if the toe-box is wide or narrow. Nothing can take the place of actually trying on a hiking shoe and moving around in it to see what your foot likes best. Every person’s foot is different, and what feels great for our testers might aggravate your feet, so take our judgements with a grain of salt and try on as many pairs of hiking shoes as you can before you decide which ones to go with.

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An example of what you do not want to happen to your feet while hiking! Pay close attention to the fit of your shoes.
Credit: Veronica Long


Remember, when trying on boots, bring the socks and footbeds you plan to use, and spend some time walking around the store to get a good feel for how your feet sit in the boots. Try walking up or down in them and see if your foot moves forward, your heel slides up, or if your whole foot stays put. 

You want your toes to be able to wiggle around in the front of your boot, but you don’t want too much extra length in the front. If there is too much room, your feet can slide forward, hitting the ends and causing toe-bang. Make sure the boot laces around the volume of your foot securely, holding your foot in place in the boots. You want it to be snug around your heel and the arch of your foot. 

THANKS: http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Hiking-Shoes-Womens-Reviews/buying-advice

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