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Ruff Wear K-9 Float Coat

When I was notified that we would be reviewing the Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat as Gear Brand Ambassadors for Backcountry K9, I was quite enthusiastic. Many others who… Full Review »

Astral Brewer

This is the first pair of lace-up, shoe style water shoes I have owned, and I admit, had I not won these, I probably would still be using slip-on neoprene cheapie-type… Full Review »

Mountain Hardwear Laminina Z Flame

If you can afford just one bag, and need a bag that "does most" — consider the Lamina/Lamina Z Flame. While this bag is not for gram-weenies, it is a great mid-range,… Full Review »

Patagonia Nine Trails Skirt

A quality garment suitable for multiple uses, particularly watersports. The undershorts have a permanent anti-microbial treatment that really does keep odors at… Full Review »

Homemade Alcohol Stove

A great cost-effective alternative that is functional, lightweight, and compact. You can also easily find the fuel source at just about any gas/service station… Full Review »

Justin Lichter Trail Tested: A Thru-Hiker's Insights Into Hiking and Backpacking

An informative read into a unique travel style. The book offers great tricks and insights to try out the next time you hit the trail. Justin's many miles of experience… Full Review »

Backpacker's Pantry Granola with Bananas & Milk

Good backpacking breakfast. Easy to prepare and pretty nutritious. More tasty than most freeze dry packaged foods. Price, like all freeze dry, is fairly hefty. Full Review »

Sea to Summit Comfort Light Insulated Mat

The Comfort Light Insulated Mat is part of Sea to Summit’s new line of air mats, which feature quilted patterned “Air Sprung Cells” as opposed to traditional… Full Review »

MontBell Men's UL Down Vest

Great for layering! Montbell’s UL Down Vest is a great addition to a layering system that will help keep you warm while weighing about the same as your average… Full Review »

Big Agnes Insulated Double Z

The Big Agnes Insulated Double Z sleeping pad is a moderately lightweight full length sleeping pad that is very comfortable for limited 3-season use. It falls a… Full Review »

Nomad Life Titanium Stove

This sub 1oz stove puts out some serious heat and packs up small. Only one small problem. Looking for a stove to better fit my GSI Minimalist set, I found this… Full Review »

humangear GoBites Duo

GoBites Duo — One spork to rule them all. Ok, maybe just very well thought out, giving it a wide range of capability. Last winter, my job had me traveling near… Full Review »

humangear GoBites Uno

After several breakages of the plastic Light My Fire spork, I decided to try the new GoBites Uno. Human Gear took the idea and improved on it. I know most people… Full Review »

Mountain House Beef Stroganoff with Noodles

Excellent flavor and texture from a freeze dried meal. The price point is a bit heavy considering I might be able to take a spur trail to the nearest restaurant… Full Review »

MSR Hubba NX

The setup and take-down is very quick. It fits into small awkward tent sites and although seemingly made of light material I found it very sturdy. It is best for… Full Review »

ZPacks Solplex

An excellent choice for the person who wants to cut pack weight without sacrificing protection from the elements. The Zpacks Soloplex is an amazing tent with a… Full Review »

Mountain Hardwear Shifter 2

Don't count out the dome tent! The Shifter 2 is a great all-rounder backpacking tent for what most of us do in the mountains, with affordable quality. The Mountain… Full Review »

TrekSta Granite

Approach shoes are trail hikers that are also intended for diversions such as easier rock climbs and scrambling that require good traction, a secure fit, and durability. Full Review »

Osprey Aether 70

Great pack for larger loads. I received this pack as a gift for Christmas, and now that the weather has been warmer I have been able to put it to good use.  After… Full Review »

La Sportiva Men's Synthesis Mid GTX

I didn't expect to like these boots, but I do. A lot. They are constructed such that they feel like they're wrapped around my feet. The footbed is plush. The stiff… Full Review »

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