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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

Summary: A light, cool shirt for running in warm weather (not recommended for hiking) Here’s Columbia’s description of this wondrous shirt: “Keep cool in… 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 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 bit… Full Review »

Sea Eagle Sport 370

Very good for flat water, but challenging for fishing. I bought this kayak for fishing at my local reservoir. Bought it used on Craigslist and got a great deal,… 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 »

Trail Designs Ultralight Glasses

These extremely lightweight "nose specs" are great to keep in a pocket for use checking maps or other small writing for those "experienced" backpackers that are… Full Review »

UCO Leschi Lantern + Flashlight

This small, lightweight, bright flashlight easily converts to a lantern. It's perfect for camping or backpacking. The UCO Leschi is a bright flashlight in a small… Full Review »

OOFOS OOriginal Sport Sandal

Super comfortable sandal. Great arch support and very lightweight. I have to admit that prior to receiving the Oofos OOriginal sport sandal for testing, I hated… Full Review »

Chaos Stratus Sombrero

Huge brim gives great sun and rain coverage. Floatable brim makes it a perfect for paddle sports. Adjustable for a perfect fit. If you spend a lot of time out… Full Review »

Bergans Moa Pirate Pant

The Bergans of Norway Moa Pirate Pants are a nice, all-around functional garment. The capris style provides more coverage than shorts, but is still great for staying… Full Review »

MSR WindBurner Stove System

I bought this stove for one purpose... to boil water high up in the backcountry in cold temps and driving wind, and this product excels. After years of frustration… Full Review »

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