Here's an excellent review of the Lightning 60 from SectionHiker.com. Looks like it's still a bit cold where he's hiking...

Quite a feat, setting up a tent in strong winds and on solid ground. Christian Pries and partner master the challenge with the Venus II.

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DownMat UL 7 is the ultralight version of the DownMat 7 being 20% lighter and yet equally warm. It comes without an integrated pump, but with a smart pump bag, the Schnozzel Pumpbag. 

Rüdiger Flothmann had thoroughly tested the DownMat UL 7 M on his blog:

SynMat WinterLite

Trailspace.com recently reviewed the new SynMat WinterLite, coming in March to specialty retailers. 

 

"Wind-prone construction? Will the spacious Exped Orion 3 Extreme also convince in stormy regions?". Outdoor Magazin tester Boris Gnielka was wondering about this question and made the real-time test. Below his findings published in the Dec 2014 issue (in German):

"Exped's Glissade backpack is characterized by its straightforward, functional design as well as very good carrying comfort." Tanja Walser tested this winter touring pack and posted her impressions on "ich-liebe-berge.ch":

"The mini pack Core 25 by Exped does not have much to offer - this is exactly what makes it so desirable." Outdoor Magazin 11/2014

Der Lightning 45 ist ein superleichter Tourenrucksack mit blitzschnell verstellbarem Tragesystem. Dank der körpernahen Trageposition und der ausgezeichneten Lastenkontrolle ist er äusserst vielseitig einsetzbar und bietet beste Leistung bei sehr tiefem Gewicht-/Volumenverhältnis, zahlreichen Kompressions- und Befestigungsmöglichkeiten sowie Dauerhaftigkeit. Verschiedenste Praxistests bestätigen dies immer wieder, so jüngst im Blog von leichtsinnig.net.

The multi-functional double bed: The comfort of home! Slip together under the soft duvet, snap it onto the included fitted sheet and sleep in comfort.

Rüdiger Flothmann has posted his field test of the DreamWalker Duo 400 on his blog and shares his in-depth views in the review.

"The DreamWalker Duo 400 is perfect for those like me who like to sleep together when camping" Field test by Rüdiger Flothmann

[please note that the 2014 Lightning lower side compression strap goes behing the side pocket, rather than over it]

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