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First and foremost, I am very fortunate to have a wonderful husband who manages my food and mail drops when I’m hiking.  He not only enables me to hike, but actively encourages me to follow my dreams. He also feeds the dogs, the cat, and manages the house and LightHeart Gear while I’m off gallivanting around the world.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:33

Polyester vs. Nylon Clothing for Hiking

One common complaint (or perhaps it’s not a complaint) among hikers is their clothing stinks. Even when the clothing has been properly laundered the stink is back within minutes of putting it back on your body. The reason is the chemical properties of the fabric.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 11:09

Athlete Profile: Rebecca Gross

Here at LightHeart Gear, we're not all about ultralight backpacking tents! We also sponsor an awesome Cyclocross athlete, Rebecca Gross. Rebeccas has been making huge strides in the world of Cyclocross, and if you don’t know who she is yet, you will soon enough. The first question you might be asking yourself is what in the world is Cyclocross? It’s a specific type of bike racing that involves all kinds of unique obstacles and required skill sets as well as different environments that would challenge even the seasoned biker. This article from CX Magazine helps to further explain the details around this ruggedly awesome sport.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 11:54

What to Pack Day hiking in Winter

This blog post is not meant to be an end all of how to prepare for a winter hike. Winter hiking in the south – where LightHeart Gear is based – is different than winter hiking at higher elevations and deeper snow where avalanches can occur. Winter hiking in the New Hampshire White Mountains, the Rocky Mountains or the Sierras is not something I am familiar with, but hiking in North Carolina during the winter months is delightful.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:49

Outdoor Gear Builders 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

The holidays are quickly approaching, and you've been too busy riding/climbing/biking/hiking/camping to go shopping. Fear not, the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina are here with suggestions a-plenty.

Monday, 21 November 2016 10:52

Dental Floss – Myth-buster Edition

Contrary to popular belief, dental floss is NOT a good choice to use as thread to repair gear in the field. While floss is readily available, an understanding of what dental floss is will help explain why it’s not best for sewing. 

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 12:50

Repairing Damaged Window Netting in your Tent

I consider the inside of my LightHeart Gear tent my “Mosquito Free Zone”. Any hole or tear in the netting voids that space. The last thing I want at night is the whine of a mosquito buzzing in my ear as I try to sleep – let alone waking up covered in nasty bites.

Huge thanks to Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine for including us in their 'Rooted in the Blue Ridge' feature!

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Rooted in the Blue Ridge

Appalachia is known for Iits superb craftsmanship, and the world of outdoor gear is no exception. Some of the industry’s best equipment is made right here.

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The idea for LightHeart Gear was conceived on the Appalachian Trail when a nurse practitioner and lifelong seamstress named Judy Gross realized that the four pound tent she’d be hauling around for hundreds of miles was inadequate and decided it was time to make her own.

“While hiking the Appalachian Trail, I met a guy who had a tent that, quite frankly, pissed me off. It was a lot lighter than mine and it was huge – like a palace,” Judy remembers from the experience. “I was schlepping a 4 ½ lb, 2-person tent. A tent that was really only large enough for 1 ½ people.”

With a strong knowledge of pattern making, she set about designing her own tent. The original plan was to just sew one for herself, but that was before Judy showed her prototype to a few friends and received some seriously positive feedback. She made the decision to launch the LightHeart Solo, and Lightheart gear was born. The unusual design of the LightHeart Solo provides for spacious headroom, allowing even tall individuals to sit up inside without hitting their head and plenty of length for sleeping comfortably.

What we recommend: The Lightheart Solo Tent

For the full issue, click HERE! We're on page 39 :-)

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Monday, 24 October 2016 10:22

Behind the Scenes of LightHeart Gear

We are proud to say we are Made in America! In fact, all our tents are cut and sewn in our workshop in Asheville, NC - a beautiful mountain town right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you've ever wondered how your favorite Solong 6 was created, or who made it, read on!

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 06:53

Repairing a Damaged Tent

The worst situation is to be inside a tent during a downpour and finding out you have a small hole in the fly. Drip, drip, drip. Your down sleeping bag is getting wet. Don’t despair though! Here are some ways to be warm, happy and – most importantly – dry again.

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