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Exercise and Obesity
Rates of walking and cycling were analyzed in 14 countries. Rates were highest in Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Spain, and lowest in the US, Australia, and Canada. Not surprisingly, the rates of diabetes and obesity were lowest in the countries where people did the most walking and cycling. (source: Am J Public Health, Oct. 2010)

Product Details: Echo 2 Ultralight Shelter System

Product Name: Echo 2 Ultralight Shelter System
Category: Hiking Gear
Manufacturer: Hyperlite Mountain Gear
List Price: $695 (white), $775 (green)

Capacity: 1-2 people
Colors Available: white or spruce green
Description: This is an extremely lightweight, 1-2-person tent. It consists of 3 modules: the tarp (made of Dyneema Composite Fabrics, the strongest, lightest, and most waterproof fabric available for outdoor gear), a mesh tent with a bathtub floor, and a detachable vestibule. Made in Maine.
Footprint: Trapezoid: Length = 102 inches. Front width = 102 inches. Rear width = 78 inches.
Ideal For: Backpackers, hikers, mountain bikers, motorcyclists.
Length: Tarp: 102 inches. Mesh tent: 84 inches. Packed length: 7.5 inches.
Product Reviews: Dozens of reviews of this tent appear on the Hyperlite Mountain Gear web site and nearly all of them are very positive.
Special Features: The mesh tent can be pitched in minutes, with or without the tarp cover. Or, the tarp can be used without the detachable mesh tent insert.
Weight: Tarp: 9.3 oz. Mesh tent: 15.0 oz. Beak: 4.7 oz. Total: 29.0 oz (= 823 grams)
Why It's Cool: Versatile. Extremely liightweight. Dyneema fabric used for the tarp is nearly indestructible.

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