I just got my new issue of the 2008 Gear guide Backpackers mag. Everyone one is always asking about different products on the forum and this is one great tool in making decisions about gear. I used the 2007 issue along with all of the help and advice on this forum to make gear selections for my first trip to alaska that was a great success. It also carries alot of great tips and advice on things that would be useful to all of us. If you don't have a subscription I would suggest that you order a copy or see if you can pick it up in the book stores.