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ORWM 18 – Nanga 

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018


Japanese brand Nanga has a rich, 75 year history in Japan and this was their first time exhibiting at Outdoor Retailer. If yiu want to go ultralightweight, you might want yo take a look at their UDD Bag 630. This bag promises comfort at 23 Deg F and a lower limit of 14 Deg F using 770 Fill Power european white duck down which is treated with water repellent. The shell is a 15D water repellent nylon. One way they help save weight, is no side zips. They claim that this combination weighs 630 grams (22.3 oz).

ORWM 18 – Klymit KSB Double Sleeping Bag & Versa Blanket

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018


This is Klymit’s first two-person sleeping bag. It’s customizable to accommodate each sleeper’s comfort level. It’s rated down to 30 deg F thanks to 650 fill-power down. Ventilation is accomplished via two-way zippers on each side. The top can also be used as a stand alone down comforter. Underneath a pad skirt keeps your pad in place. It is 46″ x 82″ and weighs 4 lbs, 11 oz.


The Versa Blanket is made from Klymalite synthetic loft insulation with a 20D polyester shell. It incorporates corner hand pockets so you can wrap yourself up and there’s a footbox to keep your feet cozy. Corner snaps keep the blanket around your shoulders. It is 58″ x 80″ and weighs 28 oz.

Both items are coming in March, from

ORWM 18 – ENO Guardian DX Bug Net

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Eagles Nest Outfitters introduced their new Guardian DX Bug Net. It features two entry points as well as their DAC Featherlite spreader bar which helps with ventilation and keeping the sides (and bugs) away from you.

High Angle Solutions – Nordisk

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

World’s lightest two man tent

With a race weight of a mere 490 grams Lofoten is probably the lightest tent in the world – and with a pack size of only 11×22 cm it is definitely the smallest when packed! Tipping the scale for a fully functional two-layer tent the bar has once again been pushed for light weight enthusiasts.

For the modern trekker or adventurer the gear you bring along needs to be small, light – and fully functional. The new ultralight weight Lofoten tent from Nordisk meets all of those demands.

Lofoten is a complete two-layer tent with both durable and weather resistant flysheet and a breathable inner tent. The race weight is 490 grams but the complete weight including the bonus pack is 565 grams.

High Angle Solutions is a weekly series of articles focusing on military mountaineering solutions. It’s brought to you by UK-based Brigantes Consulting, in conjunction with several other brands, both here in the US and abroad.

High Angle Solutions – Ultralight Survival Shelter By Lifesystems

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

UK company Lifesystems have introduced an Ultralight Survival Shelter (RRP £59.99) to their Mountain survival range for 2018, weighing just 215g it will provide respite for 2 people in any conditions on the hill.



Our HeatShield Thermal Blankets come in two sizes, single and double (SRP £5.99 & £7.99) both are extremely durable, the Heatshield material will retain 90% of radiated body heat whilst our Heatshield bag also offers complete head and body coverage (SRP 12.99). The Light & Dry Pro First Aid Kit (RRP £19.99) has been designed with adventure racers in mind being lightweight and waterproof, it comes packed with a whole host of quality components that will allow you to treat any cuts and grazes that might be sustained. (Minimum order quantities apply)

For more information visit The team at Lifemarque are open to specific requests or customisations to suit needs.

High Angle Solutions is a weekly series of articles focusing on military mountaineering solutions. It’s brought to you by UK-based Brigantes Consulting, in conjunction with several other brands, both here in the US and abroad.

Sneak Peek – New Color for Hill People Gear Mountain Serape

Thursday, December 7th, 2017


Coming soon!

Puffy Kachula Now Live On Kickstarter

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Coalatree’s Puffy Kachula is a quilted blanket featuring Primaloft insulation that looks quite a bit like an old poncho liner, except that it integrates a hood as well as snaps around the edge. This allows you to snap two Puffy Kachulas together.

It also features a pocket.

I’m not in love with the color offerings, but you might find something in there you like.

Get yours at

MDM 17 – Bike Track Modular Plastic Flooring

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

I was walking past Quantico Tactical’s booth and I noticed this flooring sample on one of the tables. For a lot of our readers this is going to seem very mundane, but if you’ve lived in a tent, or worked in a tent, for weeks and months at a time, if you don’t put down some form of flooring, you’re going to be ankle deep in a mess rather quickly. 

Bike Track offers stainable, slip-resistant, 1″ and 2″ thick flooring as well as 2″ ICM flooring which features channels for cable management. That too is a big deal. There’s nothing worse than tripping all over power and data cords, except maybe standing in a mud puddle while you brief the CG.

The HDPE 4′ x 3.5′ panels snap together and can be installed without tools. Even better, they have NSNs.