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Rite in the Rain All-Weather Memo Book

A notebook that is tough enough for trail use. It held up to a day and a half of rain on the Ice Age Trail, all the while I was taking notes.  Instead of hauling… Full Review »

Arc'teryx Alpha FL 30

Reassuring quality in a lightweight pack. I bought this pack as the lightest possible cabin luggage option for an international trip. I found it robust, and adequate… Full Review »

MSR Carbon Reflex 2

Tent body super light, packable, and easy to set up. Fly sticks to itself like Saran Wrap, hook/Velcro closure awkward reaching the lowest one from inside tent. Full Review »

L.L.Bean Beavertail Canoe Paddle

A classic redone with a robust edge guard and modern wood finish. This paddle isn't for white water, but on a lake or quiet stream, it's a lovely paddle to hold… Full Review »

Mountain Warehouse Everest Down Sleeping Bag

Bought specifically for Kilimanjaro (so generally expected dry weather). Did the job, but I won't be using it again as it didn't really survive washing afterwards… Full Review »

Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Flame 22°

Seems very damp, clammy non breathable. Poor zipper. Thermal zoning is nonsense. Good quality construction, but uncomfortable due to above. Great construction quality,… Full Review »

Peaktop 8 Man Big Tunnel Spider Family Group Camping Tent

Rubbish—first time used 8 month 2016: good weather, four anchor points ripped out. I repaired the holes, other tents on site OK. A week later went again, end… Full Review »

The North Face Assault 2

You must have not experienced any rain. I did. The tent IS NOT WATERPROOF. All my things inside were soaked. Water poured down inside the tent walls and collected… 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 »

Asolo Chameleon 6

Great family tent. I've had this tent for 10 years now and it is still going strong! The vestibule is the great thing about it. It is a great place to hang out… Full Review »

GSI Outdoors JavaGrind Coffee Grinder

Nice idea for luxury camping, but grinding enough for a cup or two is a lot of work and it did not hold up under repeated use. I bough this grinder as an experiment,… 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

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 »

Granite Gear Vapor Trail

Best all-around backpack. Took mine on over 2,000 miles of trail (AT and John Muir). Never had any issues, no noticeable wear or tear besides a little waist belt… 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 »

Warbonnet RidgeRunner

Why do you want a Warbonnet Ridgerunner? It lays flat, like a bed. It also lays flat, like a bed. Then there is how it lays flat. I just got my RidgeRunner today. Full Review »

Falcon Guides Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast: 100 Best Hikes

A great resource for 100 of the most iconic hikes in our National Parks. Excellent skills sections. Beta on each hike from finding the trailhead to GPS coordinates. Full Review »

Avalanche Wear Striker Crew

Lightweight, breathable crew neck for runners, hikers, and bikers. Interesting styling touches for a simple tee. At first glance, the Avalanche Wear Striker crew… Full Review »

Outbound 14' Shelter Room

We love this screen tent. We constantly have folks stop take pictures and ask where to buy one. I hope Outbound continues to produce these tents. I know many folks… Full Review »

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