Trailspace Blog

How to Gain Outdoor Skills through Online Education During COVID-19

While many outdoor trips and trainings have been cancelled due to the coronavirus, here are resources for online outdoor instruction—trip prep, navigation, LNT, survival, photography, avalanche awareness, knots, and more—that you can access anywhere, anytime. Keep Reading »

The Privilege of Nature: Diversity, Inclusivity, and Being an Outdoor Ally

For many, the outdoors is a refuge. I'd like to think that on the trail and in the mountains I escape politics and worldly concerns, and we're all equal. But that's untrue, naive, and privileged. As my country confronts its racism, I'm also doing so personally and professionally, and I encourage our outdoor community to do the same. Keep Reading »

How to Support the Great Outdoors while Stuck Indoors: Become an Outdoor Advocate

Despite the pandemic shutdown, we can remain connected to the outdoors we love to hike, run, ski, climb, and paddle. Here are some ways to get involved, stay engaged, and become an outdoor advocate, even if you're stuck inside. Keep Reading »

Great Outdoor Reads for Armchair Adventurers

Books bring us closer to people, to nature, to the outdoors. While we adventure at home, our community members are sharing their favorite outdoor reads—adventure and survival tales, memoirs, history, how-to's, and more. Check out their suggestions; then add your own. Keep Reading »

Share Your "Trailspace in the Backyard" Pics

While we typically have a "Trailspace on the Trail" forum, now's a great time to share pictures of "Trailspace at Home" or "Trailspace in the Backyard" while we focus on staying at home and sticking to local, shorter, socially-distant adventures. Here's my contribution, from the northeast corner of my Maine backyard. Share yours. Keep Reading »

Outdoors in the Time of the Coronavirus

Amid the more immediate and severe concerns about public health during COVID-19, you may be wondering if you can still go outside. We've compiled some recommendations and updates on getting outdoors, plus effects on the outdoor industry, including Trailspace. Keep Reading »

Packs to Potty Trowels: Presenting the Top 16 Gear Reviews of 2019

From the expected—trail footwear, packs, shelters, and a quilt—to the not-so-expected—corn chowder, an umbrella, bungees, and a potty trowel—here are our Top 16 gear reviews of 2019. Keep Reading »

Trailspace Names Top 25 Reviewers of 2019

Congratulation to Trailspace's top gear reviewers of 2019! These 25 individuals were the ones most recognized by fellow community members for helpful, informative, real-world reviews. As a thank-you each winner will receive a special-edition prize from Soto. Keep Reading »

Congratulations, Brian, Our Hults Bruk and Nordic Pocket Saw Winner

Congratulations to Brian Dailey of Georgia and his outdoors-loving family, winners of a handcrafted Hults Bruk Jonaker hatchet and a Premium Nordic Pocket Saw ($250 value). Meet Brian in the blog. Keep Reading »

Final Days: Review Your Gear to Win a Hults Bruk Hatchet and Premium Nordic Pocket Saw

It's Halloween week and we're giving away an axe and chainsaw. On Friday, November 1, we're giving one reviewer a Hults Bruk Jonaker and a Premium Nordic Pocket Saw. Write a review of your gear and this $250 prize could be yours. Keep Reading »

Win a Hults Bruk Jonaker Hatchet and Premium Nordic Pocket Saw

On Friday, November 1, we're giving one Trailspace member a Hults Bruk Jonaker hatchet and a Premium Nordic Pocket Saw ($250 value). Tell us about your worthy gear and you're entered to win. Keep Reading »

Congratulations, Peter, Helle Wabakimi and Kupilka Winner

Congratulations to Peter Himmelman of Nova Scotia, Canada, winner of a Helle Wabakimi knife designed by "Survivorman" Les Stroud, plus a sustainably-produced Kupilka FireSteel 8 ($200+ value). Keep Reading »

Win a Helle Wabakimi Knife by "Survivorman" and a Kupilka FireSteel

On Monday, October 21, we're giving one Trailspace member a Helle Wabakimi designed by "Survivorman" Les Stroud, plus a Kupilka FireSteel 8. Write a review today and this $200+ prize could be yours. Keep Reading »

Congratulations, Bob, Winner of a Hults Bruk Axe

Congratulations to Bob Peltzer from Ontario, Canada, winner of a hand-forged Akka axe plus grinding stone, thanks to Hults Bruk, the oldest active axe maker in the world ($200+ value). Meet Bob. Keep Reading »

Review Your Gear to Win a Hults Bruk Akka Axe or Helle Wabakimi Knife

Review any of your own outdoor gear today and you're entered to win a Helle Wabakimi fixed-blade knife designed by "Survivorman" Les Stroud, plus a sustainably-produced Kupilka FireSteel 8 ($200+ value). Keep Reading »

Win the Akka from Hults Bruk, World's Oldest Axe Maker

Hults Bruk, oldest axe maker in the world, is giving one Trailspace member a hand-forged Akka axe, plus grinding stone. Review your gear by October 10 for a chance to win this premium heritage piece ($200+ value). Keep Reading »

"Down the rabbit hole" with Lori, Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Lori Lindsey of Tennessee, our newest Reviewer of the Month! Lori is a hiker, hammock camper, and photographer, and wins more than $300 worth of gear in thanks for her contributions. Keep Reading »

Congratulations, Seth and Maine Coast Heritage Trust

For the past decade, Seth Levy has supported Trailspace and our outdoor community in a variety of evolving ways. This month Seth moves on to become the Donor Engagement Officer at Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and we'll miss him. Keep Reading »

Outdoor Insiders' Top 10 Tips for Standout Gear Reviews

What makes a product review valuable and trustworthy? We've been asking community members, reviewers, and outdoor industry professionals to share their insights. Here's what we learned. Keep Reading »

Congratulations, Kevin David, $700 Leatherman Winner

Congratulations to Kevin from Washington, winner of a Leatherman Free P4 one-handed multi-tool, Signal multi-tool, and Tread Tempo LT multi-tool watch, thanks to Leatherman ($700 value). Keep Reading »

Final Days: Review Your Gear to Win $700 Leatherman Prize

On Saturday, June 29, we're giving one Trailspace reviewer a Leatherman Free P4, Signal, and Tread Tempo. Write a review of your outdoor gear today and this $700 multi-tool prize could be yours. Keep Reading »

Review Your Gear to Win $700 Worth of Leatherman Tools

Review any of your handy gear now through Friday, June 28, and you're automatically entered to win a Leatherman prize package worth $700—a Free P4, Signal, and Tread Tempo. Have you shared your reviews yet? Keep Reading »

"Adventures can be found in many ways"—Oliver, Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Oliver, a long distance hiker, Forest School teacher, stove and bushcraft enthusiast, and our Reviewer of the Month! Oliver lives in England and wins more than $360 worth of gear in thanks for his contributions. Keep Reading »

Want $700 Worth of Leatherman Tools? Review Your Gear.

Whether on the trail, the water, or at home, everyone can use a handy multi-tool. Well how about three? We're giving one Trailspace reviewer a Leatherman Free P4, Signal, and Tread Tempo. Keep Reading »

Win a $700 Leatherman Multi-Tool and Timepiece Prize

We're giving one Trailspace reviewer a Leatherman Free P4 one-handed multi-tool, a Signal multi-tool, and a Tread Tempo multi-tool watch, worth $700 in total. Keep Reading »

Meet Wade: "Paddle Fanatic," Landscape Photographer, Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Wade, an avid paddler and landscape photographer and our newest Reviewer of the Month! Wade lives in Northern California’s Sierra Nevada foothills and wins more than $360 worth of gear in thanks for his contributions. Keep Reading »

Congratulations, Tyler our Sierra Designs Gear Winner

Congratulations to Tyler from Pennsylvania, winner of a Sierra Designs Studio 2 three-season tent and a 35-degree Nitro 800 down quilt, thanks to Sierra Designs ($600 value). Keep Reading »

Final Days: Review Your Gear to Win a Sierra Designs Tent and Quilt

On Tuesday, April 30, we're giving one Trailspace reviewer a Sierra Designs Studio 2 tent and a Nitro 800 down quilt. Write a review of your outdoor gear today and this $600 prize could be all yours. Keep Reading »

We're Giving One Member a Sierra Designs Tent and Quilt

What outdoor gear would you recommend? Tell us about it in a review and you could win a Studio 2 three-season, lightweight tent and a 35-degree Nitro 800 down quilt, thanks to Sierra Designs. Keep Reading »

Review Your Gear to Win $600 Sierra Designs Prize

Write a review on Trailspace this month and you're automatically entered to win a Studio 2 three-season tent and 35-degree Nitro 800 down quilt, thanks to Sierra Designs. We'll draw one winner on April 30. Keep Reading »

Congratulations, Trailspace's Annual Top Reviewers

Every day our members help make Trailspace the best outdoor gear community around. In thanks for their helpful, informative, real-world gear reviews, we're sending each of our top 25 reviewers of 2018 a special-edition, Trailspace Top Reviewer Bindle Bottle. Thank you, all! Keep Reading »

Win a Sierra Designs Tent and Quilt for Spring Adventures

Want some new gear for spring? We're giving away a Studio 2 three-season, lightweight tent and a 35-degree Nitro 800 down quilt to one reviewer this month, thanks to Sierra Designs ($600 value). Keep Reading »

"I just like to be outside"—Jim, Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Jim McCann of New Hampshire, our Reviewer of the Month. A skier, mountain and fat biker, and fly fisherman, Jim wins more than $360 worth of gear in thanks for his contributions. Keep Reading »

Meet Teri: Section Hiker, Biker, Skier, Sunscreen Wearer, and Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Teri Anderson of Gilbert, Arizona, our newest Reviewer of the Month! A section hiker, mountain biker, paddler, skier, and more, she wins more than $300 worth of gear in thanks for her contributions. Keep Reading »

Congratulations, Zalman, Our MSR Winter Gear Winner

Congratulations to Zalman from Portland, Ore., winner of an MSR Evo Snowshoe Kit, WindBurner Duo stove, and Operator snow shovel, thanks to MSR ($450 value). Keep Reading »

Final Days: Review Your Gear Today to Win $450 MSR Prize

On Monday, December 31, we're giving one Trailspace reviewer an MSR WindBurner Duo stove, Evo Snowshoe Kit, and Operator snow shovel. Write a review of your outdoor gear today and this $450 prize could be all yours. Keep Reading »

Enter to Win $450 Worth of MSR Winter Outdoor Gear

We're giving one of you an MSR WindBurner Duo stove, Evo Snowshoe Kit, and Operator snow shovel, thanks to MSR. Tell us about your outdoor gear, apparel, or footwear in a review to be entered to win. Keep Reading »

Meet Phil: New England Hiker, Snowshoer, Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Phil Smith of Jackman, Maine, our newest Reviewer of the Month! A hiker, snowshoer, and peak bagger, he wins more than $300 worth of gear in thanks for his contributions. Keep Reading »

Review Your Gear to Win $450 MSR Winter Gear Package

Write a review on Trailspace and you're automatically entered to win an Evo Snowshoe Kit, WindBurner Duo stove, and Operator snow shovel, thanks to MSR. We'll draw one lucky winner on December 31. Keep Reading »

Win MSR Snowshoes, Stove, and Shovel in Gear Giveaway

We're giving away an MSR Evo Snowshoe Kit, WindBurner Duo stove, and Operator snow shovel, thanks to MSR. Review your outdoor gear and you're entered to win this winter prize package ($450 value). Keep Reading »

"The more we discuss, the better the gear will get." Meet David, Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to David Eckel of Ottawa, Ontario, our newest Reviewer of the Month! A cyclist, skier, and canoeist, he wins more than $300 worth of gear in thanks for his contributions. Keep Reading »

Where'd You Get That Gear? Identifying Incentivized Reviews

In addition to knowing how a piece of gear has been used, we at Trailspace think knowing how a reviewer got that gear is important too. So, here's what we're doing. Keep Reading »

Soaking up Challenge and Companionship: Meet Bruce, Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Bruce Etter of Pennsylvania, our newest Reviewer of the Month! An AT and PCT thru-hiker, climber, and cyclist, he wins more than $300 worth of gear in thanks for his contributions. Keep Reading »

Member Feedback: What makes you trust a review?

What makes you trust a review? What makes you value a review? We want to hear our community members' thoughts on the info and opinions they find most useful when considering new gear. Keep Reading »

"The further you can walk, the more you can see." Meet Charles, Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Charles Polidano of Malta, our newest Reviewer of the Month! An avid long-distance hiker, he wins more than $300 worth of gear in thanks for his contributions. Keep Reading »

Congratulations, Troy, our Therm-a-Rest Gear Winner

Congratulations to Troy from Texas, winner of a Parsec down sleeping bag, NeoAir XLite Max SV mattress, and Air Head pillow ($600+ total value), thanks to Therm-a-Rest. Keep Reading »

Final Days: Enter to Win $600 Therm-a-Rest Sleep System

On Monday, July 9, we're giving one Trailspacer a Parsec down sleeping bag, NeoAir XLite Max SV mattress, and Air Head pillow, thanks to Therm-a-Rest. Just write a review of your outdoor gear and you're entered. Keep Reading »

Review Your Gear to Win $600 Therm-a-Rest Prize

Review your gear today and you could win a Parsec down sleeping bag, NeoAir XLite Max SV mattress, and Air Head pillow, thanks to Therm-a-Rest ($600+ value). Keep Reading »

Win a Therm-a-Rest Parsec Sleeping Bag and NeoAir Mat

We're giving one lucky reviewer a Parsec down sleeping bag, NeoAir XLite Max SV mattress, and Air Head pillow from Therm-a-Rest. Just write a review and you're entered to win. Keep Reading »

Win a Complete Sleep System from Therm-a-Rest

What outdoor gear would you recommend to friends? Tell us all about it in a review and you could win a down sleeping bag, mattress, and pillow from Therm-a-Rest ($600+ value). Keep Reading »

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