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MSR Men's Lightning Explore

I'm a 200lb man. These snowshoes give terrific secure grip on steep forested pitches. I love them, save for the caveat mentioned in the cons. Whether along the… Full Review »

Coleman 550B Multi-Fuel Stove

Excellent old school stove. The Coleman 550B is an excellent stove that has been proven on the trail by campers and by several countries‘ militaries in the field. Full Review »

Ahnu Sugarpine Boot

Good, but didn’t last, though I would purchase again. I really like the fit of the boot. It does run a bit small and is not great if you have wide feet. It only… Full Review »

ENGO Blister Prevention Patches

An exceptional addition to your foot-care arsenal. One of the best investments I've ever made was the book Fixing your Feet by John Vonhoff. The author is a veteran… Full Review »

Campingaz Turbo 270

Been using a screw-on canister valve I have been selling. It's now forever useful. I have had these stoves since I started hiking and camping. I never want another… Full Review »

Macpac Pisa Polartec Alpha Fleece Jacket

Most importantly, it fits me well and feels good against my skin. Winter base layer or lightweight midlayer I have recommended friends have a look and try this… Full Review »

Mountainsmith Circuit 5400

I’ve been using the Circuit 5400 for two years now in all four seasons. It is reliable, comfortable, and has a couple of unique features that I have grown to… Full Review »

Mountain Hardwear AP 3/4 Pants

An excellent, abeit unconventional choice if you can't decide between shorts or long pants, especially during the shoulder seasons. Often as I am getting ready… Full Review »

Kelty TN2

This tent is fun. I have multiple tents but this one is too user-friendly to skip on. The color coding and special features make this my go-to tent for backpacking… Full Review »

Ecco Terracruise II

Ecco cheaped out on the redesign. They cheaped out. The original Terracruise was a much better shoe. Better materials and design. The original shoe was a favorite… Full Review »

Sierra Designs Sweet Suite 3

Spacious three-person shelter with lots of vestibule space. Light enough to carry for two or even solo, yet sturdy enough to take on the elements. Easy setup and… Full Review »

Adidas Men's AX 2

Very versatile on or off pavement. They are extremely light compared to other trail shoe brands. Fitment is comfortable and the footbeds are sufficient and provide… Full Review »

Fox River Fingerless Ragg Gloves

Like Chicken Soup For Your Hands. These fingerless gloves are one of the few pieces of gear, that I don't leave home without. From deep winter to cool summer mountain… Full Review »

Asolo Men's TPS 535

Soles peeled off after ten days walking. I had just completed the first week of a two-week trip in the NZ backcountry and found that the soles of both boots were… Full Review »

Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy

This is my first bivy sac. I wanted to try one for its compact size and as a backcountry shelter. After much research I settled on the OR Alpine Bivy. I used it… Full Review »

Nomad Nutrition Indian Red Lentil Stew

A tasty Indian stew that reminds me of a classic (but slightly less spicy) Dal. As I’ve written with the other Nomad reviews: this is my new favorite brand of… Full Review »

Patagonia Provisions Organic Savory Grains Mushroom + KAMUT

This is a tasty organic grain blend with a nice earthy flavor and good protein (15 grams per package). I think it's best suited as a side dish. Fishermen, this… Full Review »

Outdoor Research Helium Bivy

Needing to minimize backpack weight is no reason to miss out on overnight winter adventures. A quality bivy will do the job nicely, without adding significantly… Full Review »

La Sportiva Men's Helios 2.0

Love 'em, but wish they had a rockplate. Awesome for groomed and soft but not too muddy trails. These are my 'go to' shoes for shorter (up to 30ish km) runs on… Full Review »

L.L.Bean Men's Weather Challenger 3-in-1 Jacket

Nice jacket. Perfect for western New York winters. I like the jacket but I wish it was a little heavier, but all in all it’s a pretty good jacket. It is one of… Full Review »

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