Dennis Lewon

Dennis Lewon

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Gregory Z 55 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

BEST FOR HOT WEATHER Beat sweaty-back syndrome with the Z 55's ventilated suspension. The frame's concave shape creates a pocket of cooling air between your back and the pack. Most...

Dennis Lewon and Justin Nyberg
Nov 1, 2010

MSR Reactor Stove System - Camp Stoves: Reviews

The fuel miser: It's freezing and the wind's howling—a perfect time to fire up the Reactor, which has a completely enclosed, windproof burner. The integrated pot/burner system puts the...

Marcus Woolf and Dennis Lewon
Nov 1, 2010

Mammut Direct 28 - Day Backpacks: Reviews

TAKE IT ANYWHERE Small enough for short jaunts, cool enough for the heat of the desert, and tough enough for the mountains. The Direct 28 does it all, and for a sweet price. The abrasion-resistant...

Dennis Lewon and Justin Nyberg
Nov 1, 2010

Jansport Endeavor Summit - Backpacks: Reviews

If your ultralight pack gets kicked around like a stray dog, buy this Rottweiler. The tough-skinned Endeavor Summit is made with VX07 sailcloth, which is incredibly abrasion- and tear-resistant for...

Dennis Lewon
Nov 1, 2010

The North Face Catalyst 60 - Backpacks: Reviews

Your perfect weekend: packing a frying pan, camp chair, fishing gear, and 12-pack and marching 12 miles to a secret trout pond. Your perfect pack: the Catalyst. It features a dynamic suspension with...

Dennis Lewon
Nov 1, 2010

Nalgene Rapid Fill Tanker - Hydration Systems Reviews

A quick-connect hose makes these reservoirs easy to refill (you can remove the reservoir without rethreading the hose and bite valve through the pack's hydration port). 48–100 ounces;...

Dennis Lewon and Justin Nyberg
Nov 1, 2010

Deuter Dryshield 30 - Day Backpacks: Reviews

MOST WATERPROOF When Moab's worst rainstorm in years coincided with our weekend plans, the Dryshield prevented a soggy retreat. In conditions that would have soused a lesser pack's...

Justin Nyberg and Dennis Lewon
Nov 1, 2010

Brunton Flex - Camp Stoves: Reviews

Weight saver: Don't be fooled by this stove's tiny dimensions. It cranks out big heat, adjusts down to a simmer, and has four serrated pot supports that are surprisingly stable for the size....

Dennis Lewon and Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Osprey Aether 60 - Backpacks: Reviews

We would never suggest you limit yourself to just one pack. But if you can't fit more than one in your tiny Manhattan flat, the folks at Osprey feel your pain—and have the solution. The Aether...

Dennis Lewon
Nov 1, 2010

REI Ridgeline - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

CLASSIC WEEKENDER If today's stripped-down packs are a little too austere for your tastes, but full-featured packs are too heavy, you'll find the Ridgeline just right. It's light...

Dennis Lewon and Justin Nyberg
Nov 1, 2010

Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

1. Comfort: Go ahead, try and overload it. On treks in New Mexico's Pecos Wilderness and even ski touring in the Tetons, testers were unanimous: The Meridian carries like a champ. Credit the firm...

Dennis Lewon and Justin Nyberg
Nov 1, 2010

GoLite Intitution - Backpacks: Reviews

The company that helped bring ounce counters out of the closet has struck a sweet balance between low weight and high value with the Intuition. The key is matching the stiff suspension—a...

Dennis Lewon
Nov 1, 2010

GoLite Pursuit - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

OVERACHIEVER This streamlined pack performed above its weight class on every trip, thanks to durable polyurethane-coated nylon throughout and a suspension—framesheet and aluminum stay—...

Dennis Lewon and Justin Nyberg
Nov 1, 2010