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    L.L. Bean AT 55 Pack: built for speed and some comfort

    L.L. Bean AT 55 Pack: built for speed and some comfort

    Backpacks are like golf clubs. You make your selection based on your size and how far you’re going. The first part is easy: you get a pack that fits your frame. The second changes constantly, which is why golfers lug around 14 clubs and why it’s not uncommon for hikers to have more than one...
    Ahnu Mendocino Hiking Boots: Separation Anxiety

    Ahnu Mendocino Hiking Boots: Separation Anxiety

    This story is about footwear. And emotion. It’s not about the passion young women supposedly feel for $450 stilettos.  No. This is about the abiding, nuanced appreciation one feels for certain hiking boots. The ones that feel right from the first moment. The ones that reach out to you, that don’t build a bond so...
    Good gear: L.L. Bean’s Microlight FS2

    Good gear: L.L. Bean’s Microlight FS2

      In camping gear we like three things above all others: we like durable (because nothing else matters if a pole breaks or a seam rips), and light (less is more), and cheap (because). So we’re very attracted to the new Microlight FS2 backpacking tent from L.L. Bean. We can’t vouch for its durability because...
    Good design turns our head (again)

    Good design turns our head (again)

          When it comes to basic survival needs—like potable water—it is irresponsible to recommend a product based on anything less than functionality. So we are not recommending the CamelBak All Clear UV Microbiological Water Purifier, because haven’t tested it. (Yet.)  We can only say this: if it reliably does what it claims it...
    The New Apple iPod Nano (vs. Motorola’s MotoACTV)

    The New Apple iPod Nano (vs. Motorola’s MotoACTV)

                Recreati wouldn’t normally review consumer electronics, but we’re making an exception for the new Apple iPod Nano. (Close readers will note that we’re capitalizing Nano even though Apple doesn’t. In English, the proper name of a thing is capitalized. We’ll bend on the intra-capitalization of iPod, but we have...