A versatile piece of camping gear that can be used as a high power blaster for fast boiling yet can be turned down to lower power for simmering with a big skillet or griddle. With the flame damper in place, it can even be used as a gas powered camp fire. To top it off, it breaks down and folds up small. This may be the single most useful and versatile piece of camping gear I've used for larger groups of rafting campers. The adjustable flame works through a wide range of settings as a supplemental… Full review
Ever been desperate to get a zipper open on a backpack, tent, or clothing item and it sticks ... even jams shut? Ever have physical connector/connection problems with outing gear? Brings up a memory or two for some of us? I've tried different things over the years, and the best most permanent fix I've found is the cork grease used for lubricating critical moving parts on brass and woodwind musical instruments. Get it at any music store or online. Any one else have trouble with Zippers, plastic or… Full review
Overall, this is a budget option and can carry about 30 lbs for several miles, but don't push the boundaries of the straps or bungees. The Everest Hiking Pack is a budget size hiking backpack I bought on an extremely low budget build-out for a hammock camping adventure. It's just over 2900 cu in capacity, but it doesn't have any frame to speak of except for a decent amount of padding for your back. I've done 4+ mile hikes with it where I've had 30 lbs of gear in the pack itself (pretty much maxed… Full review
Leave No Trace is a backpacker's greatest responsibility. Digging a cathole has become easy thanks to ultralight titanium trowels. They do not break like the orange plastic ones. They are super light, do not take up any space in a pack, carrabiner to the outside. Not too expensive. Everybody that backpacks and poops in the wilderness should have one. I got tried of the cheap, stupid, orange plastic cathole trowels that break all the time. I would end up using a stick, and it takes forever to dig… Full review
A nice safe option to metal rings for those who enjoy a more active lifestyle... but they are ugly (when I say ugly, I mean it looks like they came out of the 25 cent machine at the grocer). After having a few close calls with my wedding ring catching on things, I'd had it in the back of my mind to buy a silicone ring. I kept putting it off. One night I was watching Jimmy Fallon and saw that he fell and caught his ring on something. He broke his finger and disconnected ligaments, tendons, and other… Full review
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