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The North Face Women's Blue Kazoo

Lightweight and comfortable, packs small. I bought this bag to replace my VERY old (one of the original) Blue Kazoo bag, which had weathered the Long Trail, PCT… Full Review »

MSR WindBurner Personal Stove System

If your idea of a pack stove is a tool for boiling water then read on as the MSR WindBurner does a brilliant job of it with only a little room for improvement. Full Review »

Futuro Dual Strap Knee Support

Tendon supporter for the knee that is easy to get on and off as it is a strap rather than a sleeve. Adjustable pressure is applied gently with materials that don't… Full Review »

Camp Trails Ponderosa

I bought my Ponderosa while in the army in Germany and later did my first PCT hike back in 1978 with it and held on to that pack until the very early '90s when… Full Review »

LightHeart Gear SoLong 6

This tent is a lightweight beast! Completed my AT thru hike and tented well over 120 nights. Easy and quick to set up. Stands up to storms well. With practice I… Full Review »

Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Brief

Super comfortable undies, which will help you stay sweet smelling for days, with no chafing. Yeah, I'm reviewing underwear. Being a big Merino fan, I decided it… Full Review »

Patagonia Better Sweater Rib Knit 1/4-Zip

Polyester fleece with a soft fleecy interior and a sweater-knit exterior. Heavier and less breathable than a comparable technical fleece like Patagonia's R2; not… Full Review »

Stoked Goods Stoke Lip & Face Balm

A really good option to avoid or deal with chapped lips and face. I like that it's a particularly fat lip balm. Bonus for putting in a paper (can be recycled) container. Full Review »

Madshus Nanosonic IntelliGrip

A mid-to high performance waxless ski for skiing in groomed tracks. Performs nearly as well as a waxed ski in most conditions, but can be a bit slow for experts… Full Review »

Salomon Men's Sense Pro 2

These are a lightweight, low profile trail shoe. I have been using them for backpacking (as a guide, and recreationally) on well-maintained, rocky, gravelly, and… Full Review »

Mont Highland Hydronaute XT -10ºC

The Mont Highland is a lightweight alpine bag for cold weather. This bag has been excellent for the wet-cold nights in the Tasmanian mountains and the dry-freezing… Full Review »

Baffin Evolution

Great Canadian winter boot for those that live outside. Great winter boot. I have had these for a couple of years now. Use them about 120 days a winter. The liner… Full Review »

Mountain Mojo Collapsible Coffee Dripper

This is lightweight and works perfectly to make pour-over coffee at a campsite. The brand is Mountain Mojo. If you want to use the pour-over method to brew your… Full Review »

Garmin Forerunner 645

A modest looking GPS, heart rate monitor, and smart watch that delivers reams of training information. Pairs with a mobile phone to deliver loads of other features… Full Review »

Klymit Insulated Static V Lite

Great quality, especially for the price. I find this pad to be very comfortable, quiet when rolling over, and it is lightweight and packs down small. This is a… Full Review »

Hilleberg Jannu

If you want the absolute best and don’t mind spending the money. Best quality, best of everything, this is the tent for you. I made a review of the Hilleberg… Full Review »

Hyke & Byke Zion 2P

Hyke & Byke thought about the little things with this tent. I find it to be an amazing value for the price. It comes with lightweight ground cover, which has… Full Review »

Outdoor Research Men's Equinox Convert Pants

Light, comfortable, and moderately fast drying pants for on trail or off. The OR Equinox Convert Pants are durable enough to handle real world abuse, yet comfortable… Full Review »

Keen Women's Terradora Waterproof Mid

An excellent boot for day-hiking or backpacking, these boots deliver comfort and breathability while maintaining good support and water-resistance. Recommended! Full Review »

Mountain Hardwear Yumalino Pant

These are a lightweight winter pant that move with you and keep the chill away. These pants are my go-to for 95 percent of my winter activities. I’ve worn them… Full Review »

Katadyn BeFree 0.6L

This filter has been a literal lifesaver on my adventures. Its ease of use and modular bottle system allows it to adapt to various needs. Its flow-rate is top notch. Full Review »

Macpac Minaret

Bomb-proof, four-season tent that is easy to pitch and take down. A true multi-pitch design. Just enough room for two. I bought the original version of the Minaret… Full Review »

NRS Men's H2Core Silkweight Hoodie

A super comfortable, sunproof, and fast-drying hoodie that works as well as for home, hut, and camp lounging as on the river. On our May 2018 raft trip through… Full Review »

Cabela's Alaskan Guide 6-Man

This tent is great. Very little to no condensation. We have used this tent for three years now. We have used it down to -12°C or 10°F , only had minor bit of… Full Review »

The North Face Horizon Ball Cap

An excellent hat that is lightweight, dries quickly, and is comfortable on my big noggin. Made of 70D nylon ripstop fabric, this hat is ideal for taking on the… Full Review »

Inov-8 All Terrain Gaiter

The Inov-8 All Terrain Gaiter is an accessory that is designed to keep debris from entering footwear at the ankle. This product is ideal for hikers that are in… Full Review »

Opinel No. 9 Folding Knife

The Opinel No. 9 is a highly utilitarian, customizable knife that is perfect for the camper, hiker, hunter, backwoods cook, and farmer alike. Opinel has been making… Full Review »

Silky BigBoy

I've found nothing more effective for clearing trail. Every hiker should carry one. I stumbled onto one of these at REI a couple of years ago. I had been trying… Full Review »

Silky Katanaboy 500

In the family of folding saws, Silky plays the role of the teched-up young prodigal son—and the Katanaboy is his hulking, gym-rat persona. After seeing a few… Full Review »

LifeProof FRĒ Series Waterproof Phone Case

This slim profile case protected my phone admirably, the waterproofing especially held up well, even while kayaking. Regrettably, after one year the case "bowed"… Full Review »

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