Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System

Owner Review by Arnie P

Echo II NH Forest Oct 11, 2014

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System

I first backpacked in 2005. In 2011, I learned I had back problems. If I were to continue backpacking, I needed to lighten my load. This is how I found the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System.

My search began for an ultralight tent. I looked for a double wall tent, 1 or 2 person, under 2 lbs, durable, made in New England. Over the years, I have hiked and camped in many areas of the US and eastern Canada. Through experience I have learned what to desire in a tent design. With that in mind, I also wanted this tent to protect me from insects, including tics, and to be good in high humidity at most temperatures. After a lot of INTERNET researching, I found that Hyperlite Mountain Gear, in Biddeford Maine, designed and manufactured tents. They seemed to have what I was looking for in a tent. Since it was an expensive product, I made a visit to the factory. To read more please chick here.



Kelty Fury 35 Final Update

Kelty Fury 35
Kelty Fury 35 hanging from my hammock

I was hoping to have some longer hikes using the Kelty Fury 35 but my knee has been slow to heal.  As a matter of fact, I may have damaged it a little by doing some work that involved a lot of ladder climbing a few weeks ago.  It is now sore again and I’m walking with a slight limp that had disappeared before the work off of the ladder.  The weather for most of December, January and February also made it tough to get motivated to do much hiking.  The upshot of all this is that I have only managed 4 overnight trips  and the one long day hike I mentioned in my last update.  To read the rest of the update along with the entire review please click here.

Coy Boy

Osprey Quasar update

Watching swan on Horn Pond
Watching swan on Horn Pond

I have gone on several hikes with the Quasar and it has been functioning well on hikes as well as for carrying my laptop.  I recently got a new larger laptop and I had to see how well it fit in the Quasar.  To read more.