Committed to the Trail: Meet Andrew Downs of the ATC

"The trail blew me away and changed my life." Andrew Downs took his commitment to the Appalachian Trail further than his thru-hike. We talk with Downs about his work as Regional Director of the Central and Southwest Virginia Region for the ATC. Read More »

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Recent Gear Reviews

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L.L.Bean Men's Explorer Sandals

Women's footwear made by L.L Bean. Whether they're for hitting the trail, strolling along the boardwalk, gardening, these athletic sandals keep feet protected and… Full Review »

Black Diamond Ultra Distance

Very, very, very light — and compact poles. Require bit more care. The last three years I have used and abused three section Leki poles once or twice a week in… Full Review »

Mountainsmith Mountainlight Scream 25

This pack is a great lightweight and minimalist choice for day hikes. It is easily packed down small to fit into a larger backpack. Durability exceeds anything… Full Review »

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir AirTap Pump Kit

A simple and effective, high-volume inflation device. Overpriced for what it is, but cheaper than the alternatives. A relatively inexpensive, lightweight, and simple… Full Review »

Salomon Rocker2 108

Awesome lightweight, extremely versatile, stiff touring ski that you can use all day inbounds. These are an awesome touring ski for someone that is looking for… Full Review »

Big Agnes Pumphouse

The BA Pumphouse is too low-volume to be a good inflation device, and that property is the main feature that differentiates it from any other lightweight, waterproof,… Full Review »

DeFeet Blaze

Don't let the name put you off, these socks can be worn all year round, but especially stand out in the colder months. An all around great sock. I've used this… Full Review »

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack

A minimal day pack for short side trips on longer backpacking trips. No promises on comfort, and it is not very durable or waterproof, but that's reasonable given… Full Review »

Outdoor Research Clairvoyant Jacket

Overall, I LOVE this coat! It's a soft, attractive, great layer piece. But the coat has a design issue that can work against its purpose, which I will explain below. Full Review »

GoLite Jam 70L

A very well designed, ultralight frameless pack at an affordable price. Since reducing my base load weight to under 20 pounds (including a 5 lb. CPAP), I decided… Full Review »

GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel

Although I'm not an energy gel enthusiast, these gels did a fine job at giving me a little boost when needed. The flavors were pleasing and the texture was thick,… Full Review »

Leatherman Style PS

At 1.6 oz, the Style PS is an ultralight multi-tool that has EVERYTHING a hiker could want…except a knife blade. (Oops!) Let me start with a story… I am in… Full Review »

Klymit Motion 60

The Motion 60 is a lightweight, large capacity backpack built around the Airbeam Framesheet, that Klymit has become famous for. Its best features are the cavernous… Full Review »

MSR Alpine Folding Spatula

Light and reliable, this folding spatula works well for flipping eggs and pancakes and can also be used to stir soups and fluids. For reasons of weight and time,… Full Review »

Black Diamond ATC-Guide

Besides being quite lightweight, the ATC-Guide is a very nice evolution from the ATC. The ability to belay directly off of the anchors is so great that you will… Full Review »

MSR WindPro

This is the most stable and easily operated stove I have used. While limited to summer use, it puts out plenty of heat and seems bullet proof. I have used both… Full Review »

Morakniv Companion F Rescue

Another great, inexpensive knife from Morakniv. I purchased this knife to go into my car as a safety/rescue tool. With its blunt tip and razor sharp serrated edge,… Full Review »

MSR Alpine Folding Spoon

Nice idea, but too flexible for stirring big pots full of thick oatmeal or one-pot stews. Maybe better when cooking smaller amounts for 2-4 people. Recommended,… Full Review »

GSI Compact Scraper

The backcountry tool you never knew you needed. Scrape clean bowls and pots before washing. Worth 10 times its weight in recovered calories alone. I stumbled across… Full Review »

Evernew Ti Alcohol Stove

This stove does not put itself at the top of the alcohol burner class unless you combine it with the Evernew Titanium wind stand. It does not have a screw cap,… Full Review »

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