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NiteCore HC30

Great headlamp for a good price. Best for serious night navigation and caving. Ok, so I can finally add this review after several months of punishing caving and… Full Review »

Mountain Hardwear UltraLamina 0°

The bag is warm, packable, and good quality. Someone who sleeps cold should do well in this bag. This is the best sleeping bag I've used so far. Using it recently… Full Review »

REI Mountain 3

I bought this tent in 2010 and used it every single weekend 51 weeks a year for three years. It gets the job done. I've owned a few four-season tents and at MSRP… Full Review »

ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2

Well made, good quality for the price, but those tent poles need a rethink. I bought this tent from the REI outlet online (now "the garage"). I actually got this… Full Review »

Kelty Big Bend

Great pack, durable and flexible. I think I got this pack when the model was discontinued. At least I think it was discontinued, but the lack of offerings in the… Full Review »

Kelty Tioga

Proven design. I owned and carried one of these for years, as did a college roommate. It was quite a number of years ago but the new models seem essentially the… Full Review »

Deuter Aircontact 75+10

Awesome pack! This shares with my Kelty 75 the honor of being the best pack I have ever carried. Bear in mind that I have owned and carried a vast number of packs,… Full Review »

Leki Women's Micro Vario Ti Cor-Tec

Looking for a go-to trekking pole that does it all? This pole might just fit that bill. From the ergonomic cork handle to it breaking down to 15" stow length, this… Full Review »

Icebug Insoles FAT Medium

Really supports the arch well. Works well with large volume footwear. An effective replacement for inadequate footbeds. The Swedish company Icebug not only makes… Full Review »

Gregory UM21 Backpack

Still relevant. Do you abuse gear? Do you hike off-trail, through brush, over rocks and don't want to worry about a branch tearing a hole in the latest, lightest… Full Review »

Petzl Leopard FL

The Petzl Leopard FL is an aluminum crampon featuring a Dyneema cord adjustment system. The crampon is so light you won't hate yourself for carrying them when you… Full Review »

Hoka Bondi 4

If you want to run on pavement but feel like you're running on turf, these shoes do the trick. Like many people, the ubiquitous Hoka One One shoes piqued my interest. Full Review »

Victorinox Swiss Army Ranger Grip 71 Gardener

The RangerGrip 71 is an excellent purpose-built multi-tool for the gardener or hiker not bothered by a bit of extra weight who wants to do a lot of wood-processing/cutting… Full Review »

ESEE Knives Junglas

A durable large blade for wood processing. The ESEE Junglas is a beast of a knife. Its superb heat treat means that the knife can take a beating and come back for… Full Review »

L.L.Bean Men's Trail Model Fleece Jacket

This is a review of the Hunter Orange version of the basic fleece jacket, which has held up very well for two years (and counting). Its bright orange color was… Full Review »

Cocoon Sleeping Bag Hood Pillow

This is a nice lightweight pillow that is comfortable to sleep on and fits nicely into the hood of your sleeping bag. While I have been focused on getting the base… Full Review »

Chamois Butt’r Chamois Butt'r Original

This is a great skin lubricant for use just about anywhere on your body. It seems the older I get the more things I have to deal with to continue to enjoy the hiking… Full Review »

Therm-a-Rest Men's ProLite 4

Excellent and durable pad. Slightly heavy by today's standard, but cheaper than the ultralight bunch. I've used a Prolite 4 (that's today's ProLite Plus) from 2003… Full Review »

Stormy Kromer The Original Cap

What a great winter hat! Being from New England, I was unfamiliar with the historical legacy of this Midwestern hat company, and had seen the hat only on photos… Full Review »

Matador Camera Base Layer

This is a camera case designed to protect the camera being used by active photographers. I have summer/canoe protection for my camera, but when snowshoeing in winter,… Full Review »

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