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La Sportiva Men's Wildcat 3.0

Really a thoughtfully designed shoe that is perfect for long-distance days or backpacking trips. The sole of the shoe can handle conditions ranging from desert… Full Review »

Outdoor Research Alti Gloves

My new go-to gloves for cold weather! Well these are now the gloves against which I compare all other gloves and mittens. They are extremely warm and have proven… Full Review »

MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit

This small stove kit, designed for minimalist solo backpacking includes the new MSR PocketRocket 2 stove, a pot grabber, a plastic cup/bowl, a cup lid, and an aluminum… Full Review »

Sierra Designs Meteor 2

A two-person tent best suited for those that value livability a little more than shaving ounces. Sierra Designs touts it as good for car camping or backpacking… Full Review »

UCO Stormproof Matches

Dependable flame, every time. At one point in my life I was a professional pyrotechnician and owned my own business. We shot professional shows and designed electronic… Full Review »

Cooke Custom Sewing 1.9oz Silicone Tundra Tarp

Sturdy materials well put together make the Tundra Tarp perfect for applications where lighter materials might be a liability. Custom made in two weights (1.1 oz… Full Review »

Mishmi Takin Kameng Mid eVent

My experience with a brand new shoe in the Himalayas. I finally got the shoe I had been waiting for. Had to go on a quick trip in the Himalayas, start of winter,… Full Review »

Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini

Versatile light and power source, especially for emergencies and power failures. Not my first choice for backpacking where a headlamp is preferable. I have used… Full Review »

Macpac Minaret

A four-season, plus two you never knew existed, tent. Absolutely bomb proof design, but a trifle on the small side for two. My son who works in Fiordland, NZ, has… Full Review »

SteriPEN Adventurer Opti

I’m sure someone out there could prove me wrong, but the SteriPen Adventurer Opti is a foolproof tool for purifying water in the backcountry. Usage and Why I… Full Review »

Clif Cool Mint Chocolate Bar

Clif's Cool Mint Chocolate is the most flavorful Clif Bar I have encountered and has become the box I am most likely to grab off the store shelf. Filling and easy… Full Review »

Lowa Men's Zephyr GTX Mid

I've bought about four pairs of these boots over the last 10 years and I live in them every day of the week, around the office, on the hills and crags. They typically… Full Review »

Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope

Nothing fancy, but reliably useful. Tinder on a Rope is precisely what the name suggests and is nice to have as a backup for fire starting. Conditions: I’ve… Full Review »

Fischer Spider 62

If you're looking for an excellent set of XC skis, I recommend the Fischer Spider 62's. These skis can be used on groomed XC trails and especially off-trails. The… Full Review »

Macpac Minaret

The standard by which other tents could be judged. Capable of keeping you dry and sheltered in gale force winds and torrential rain—this, after all, is what a… Full Review »

Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini

A compact, lightweight, and versatile camp lantern suitable for short-to-medium length backpacking trips. What weighs 8 ounces, fits in the palm of your hand, throws… Full Review »

Scarpa Men's Charmoz

Modern, attractive, affordable, and durable. However they are so stiff and high I never felt sure-footed wearing them in dangerous steep country. I bought a pair… Full Review »

Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy

I used this very often for three years and then infrequently for the next eight years. It worked great. Bivy use has its pros and cons, but I will leave all that… Full Review »

Toad&Co Cache Cargo Pant

A great dual purpose pant with the feel of light canvas. As I am always on the lookout for clothes that can do double duty I was pleased when I got the chance to… Full Review »

Chaco Men's Z/1 Unaweep

Chaco's Z/1 Unaweep is a great canoeing sandal. While I do list out a number of cons, I would recommend these for anyone searching for a durable sandal. I purchased… Full Review »

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