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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SynMat WinterLite

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

 

Curious about the new additions to our mat range? There's a full set of tapered mats. These are the worlds lightest mats when compared to their warmth and comfort! And they pack extremely small.

The Cloudburst 15 and 25 packs are light enough to take anywhere. And they are waterproof!

 

Ivo Moosberger criss-crosses through the landscape while creating fascinating fugacious art out of natural materials. Obviously living in igloos during the winter comes naturally. With the help of his Exped Snowsaws he has crafted countless snow sculptures and worked on his 130th igloo which he documented it in the following time-lapse video.

In 2009 a team of British cavers explored a gigantic cave in the jungles of Vietnam: Hang Son Doong.

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:

GLISSADE ABS ZIP-ON

The Glissade ABS Zip-On is a backpack unit designed specifically for the ABS-VARIO-LINE base unit (avalanche emergency airbag system).

"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):

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