Generally when I think of big storms what comes to mind is swirling heavy snow, dark clouds and wind. Maybe it's the fact that I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and climb a lot in Alaska, but precipitation and moisture are an important part of a big storm in my mind's eye. 

Exped gear is once again showcased in the Backpacker Magazine annual Gear Guide. Above is the Black Ice 45

Here are a couple independent product reviews by The Wandering La Vignes. 

The EXPED Guide to Couples' Ultralight Backpacking

The combination of a waterproof shell and a high quality down liner make for an outstanding cold weather expedition booty - Down Booty WB

One mat for every outdoor sleep circumstance? Yes...

Only the most innovative and functional products are awarded the Editor's Choice, the highest distinction awarded by the Outdoor editors and one of the most coveted awards in the outdoor industry. This award goes to products that were introduced in the past year and went through the toughest lab and field test to become the absolute favorite gear of the Outdoor Editors. Each year hundreds of products are tested by this team of the worlds best outdoor gear experts. 

From car camping to hyper light, here are five models of two-person sleeping mats.