(Photo courtesy of Kraig Becker)

Every week, we bring you five gear-related stories, from all over, that you won’t want to miss. Here are this week’s highlights:

Nat Geo Picks the 20 Best Hikes in the World
Recently, National Geographic asked 20 luminaries from the outdoor world – including the likes of long distance hiker Andrew Skurka and ultrarunner Scott Jurek – what their favorite trails are, and then compiled a list with the results. Some of the routes making the cut include the iconic Pacific Crest Trail, the Overland Track in Tasmania, and the Snowman Trek in Bhutan. Each of the trails vary greatly in length, but offer plenty of unique challenges to go along with their scenic beauty. 

The Nat Geo Best Trails page also includes a list of the best hikes in the U.S., as well as a guide to the latest backpacking gear as well. 

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A Comprehensive List of Lightweight Sleeping Bags
Backpacking site Section Hiker put together a comprehensive list of the best backpacking quilts, top quilts, and sleeping bags that weigh 2 pounds or less. The list includes more than 50 different models, with links to the manufacturers’ websites for pricing and further information. 

If you’re looking to cut some weight from your pack, and want to see all of your lightweight sleeping options, this will prove to be a valuable resource.

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Gore-Tex C-Knit Fabrics Explained
Gore-Tex has come up with a new waterproof, breathable fabric called C-Knit that is suppose to perform better than anything else on the market at the moment. In fact, this fall you’ll see a host of new products that use the material start to arrive on store shelves. But what exactly is C-Knit, and what does it mean for our gear? Indefinitely Wild took a look at the fabric and gives us some idea of what to expect. 

Coincidently, The Gear Caster has also put together a list of 10 new products releasing this fall that will use C-Knit. Get your credit cards ready!

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(Photo courtesy of Jakob Schiller)

The Best Gear From Interbike 2015
Outside magazine has shared its picks for the best new cycling gear from Interbike 2015. The annual convention recently took place in Las Vegas, with the top bike companies from around the world showing off their latest and greatest wares. Products that got a nod from Outside include a vest with integrated lights, wireless electronic gear shifters, and light sensitive sunglasses designed specifically for riders. 

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(Photo courtesy of Kraig Becker)

Solo Climber Makes Everest Summit Push
A Japanese climber by the name of Nobukazu Kuriki has launched his second attempt of the fall climbing season on Mt. Everest. The mountaineer is making a solo push to the summt without the use of supplmental oxygen in the hopes of becoming the first person to reach the top since a devastating earthquake hit Nepal last spring. If the weather remains favorable, and conditions are safe enough, he plans to complete the climb on Tuesday, October 6. 

This is Kuriki’s fifth expedition to the world’s tallest mountain. His last attempt to climb Everest took place back in 2012 when he became stranded high on the Lhotse Face and had to be assisted down by a team of Sherpas. In the process, he contracted severe frostbite that eventually resulted in the loss of nine of his fingers. 

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