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Oakley Factory Winter Glove

Warmer than I expected, tough and waterproof. I'm not in the habit of ordering things like boots or gloves online, but I already own another pair of Oakley gloves,… Full Review »

Stohlquist Contact Fingerless

A surprisingly good pair of gloves for the price. Decent fit and breathable enough in most conditions. Have held up really well over the past few years. I bought… Full Review »

The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX

Tough trail runners, heavy but protective. The North Face Ultra 109 GTX is a very solid, sturdy trail runner with Goretex waterproofing. On the heaviest end of… Full Review »

Old Town Pack

This is a great all-around recreational solo canoe. It maneuvers on a dime, weighs just over 30 lbs, and can take a beating. If you can still find one I would recommend… Full Review »

Exped Gemini 2

Basically, two thumbs up! My wife and I have used this tent for the last three years and like it a lot. It has a very sturdy structure, really taut and stable. Full Review »

Osprey Exos 58

The Osprey Exos 58 is a great lightweight backpack for thru-hiking. I used the older model on multiple long hikes before it began to wear out. Osprey’s tremendous… Full Review »

Littlbug Senior

A simple reliable woodburner that is big enough for group cooking. A friend had one of these along on a recent 10-day canoe trip, so I got to test drive it enough… Full Review »

Smartwater Bottles

I switched from Nalgene to disposable water bottles for most (3+ season) trips. If you go that route, the Smartwater bottles are the sturdiest disposables out there… Full Review »

Columbia Titan Ice Short Sleeve

The Columbia Titan Ice Short Sleeve is a light, cool shirt for running in warm weather (not recommended for hiking). Here’s Columbia’s description of this wondrous… Full Review »

MountainGoat Gear Mesh Tarp Storage Sleeves

Lightweight, excellent product for tarp storage and deployment. MountainGoat Gear is a small cottage company consisting of a mother and occasionally daughter team… Full Review »

Smartwool Outdoor Sport Light Cushion

Lightweight, breathable with a cushioned sole and open mesh top, these socks work well on their own or as a liner sock. Roughly a crew height with a comfortable… Full Review »

Sea Eagle Sport 370

Very good for flat water, but challenging for fishing. UPDATE 8/28/16: Took the SE370 down Bear River in Colfax, Calif., for some low key white water. She stood… Full Review »

Altra Men's Lone Peak 2.5

A lightweight running shoe fit for backpacking. The Lone Peak 2.5 came highly recommended to me by a fellow hiker as a lightweight, fast drying, comfortable trail… Full Review »

MSR WindBurner Pot

A larger pot for the relatively new Windburner (aka Windboiler) stove system that works well when cooking for two people. In 2014 I received and tested the Windburner… Full Review »

MSR WindBurner Coffee Press Kit

A French press add-on to the Windboiler 1.0 liter pot, stows nicely inside and make a gourmet brew. The Windboiler Coffee Press kit is a nifty and fully-functional… Full Review »

Rite in the Rain All-Weather Memo Book No. 374-M

I have been using these memo books for years for work and as a trail journal. The book is bomb-proof as far as weather and wear/tear are concerned, and just the… Full Review »

Red Paddle Co 11'0" Sport

Portable inflatable paddle board in the sport touring category. Easy to transport and set up. Comes complete ready to paddle, just add water. I will start this… Full Review »

BioLite SolarPanel 5+

The SolarPanel 5+ is a sleek and cleverly designed solar panel/ small storage unit that works. Compared to other solar panels’ specifications this unit seemingly… Full Review »

Vargo 1.3 Liter Titanium Pot

This is an excellent lightweight pot that has been very durable over the last two years. Heats relatively evenly, and has several thoughtful features including… Full Review »

Therm-a-Rest Men's NeoAir XLite

Ultralight and highly compact, this pad is exceptionally warm for its weight. It doesn't merit five stars because I don't feel personally confident about its longterm… Full Review »

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