Congratulations, Lynn, Winner of Source Outdoor Gear
Congratulations, Lynn, winner of hiking and mountain biking packs, sandals, and more from Source! Lynn won this $430 gear prize just for sharing her sleeping bag review in September.
Meet Tam of the Rockies: Our Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations, Tam McTavish! As Reviewer of the Month, this Canadian Rockies mountaineer wins a titanium gear prize package, including a Titanium BOT Bottle Pot, all thanks to Vargo ($150 value).
Congratulations, Emily, Winner of $350 of Platypus Gear
Congratulations, Emily, winner of a nine-piece, hydration kit from Platypus Hydration, SealLine, and PackTowl! Emily won this $350 gear prize just for sharing her kayak review in August.
Paddles, Pups, Peaks: Meet Reviewer of the Month Sheila
Congratulations, Sheila Bergin Goss! As Reviewer of the Month, this Vermont paddler, hiker, and skijorer wins a Midori 2 backpacking tent, thanks to Eureka! ($159 value).
Black Diamond Debuts 25% Lighter Camalot Ultralights
For many rock climbers, Black Diamond's Camalot is the standard camming device. Come spring you'll be able to get one that's 25 percent lighter.
Fishing Kayak, Ti Ax, Fast Inflatable: Demo Day Videos
A fishing kayak, a titanium ax head, and a fast inflatable pad: as promised here are three product videos from the Open Air Demo at Outdoor Retailer.
Gear to Paddle, Cut, Cook, Capture, Eat, and Sleep
Paddlers had a myriad of options to get them on the water at Outdoor Retailer's Open Air Demo. But there was also a range of trail gear on hand. Check out our daily highlights.
Congratulations, Kelly, Winner of an Elie Kayak
Congratulations, Kelly, winner of an Elie touring kayak and Lavika paddle. For sharing her trail shoe review in July, she wins this $1,000 paddling package.
Meet Chris, Kentucky Backpacker and Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations, Chris Myers! As Reviewer of the Month, this Kentucky backpacker wins a pair of Traveler Stretch Shorts and a Diablo Short Sleeve Shirt thanks to Royal Robbins ($130 value).
Get to Know the Unknown Caver, Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations, Jonathan, explorer of caves around the world. As Reviewer of the Month, he wins a pair of AKU Bellamont Suede shoes and Lorpen T3 Light Hiker socks ($200+ value).
It's Go Time! Meet Cliff Jumping, Hiking, Foraging Jesse
Congratulations to Jesse, a cliff-jumping, climbing, backpacking Minnesota father, teacher, and artist. As Reviewer of the Month, Jesse wins an Air Chair Compact from Crazy Creek.
Meet Jeff: Texas Climber, Adventure Traveler, Engineer
Congratulations to Texas climber and worldwide adventure traveler Jeff! As Reviewer of the Month, he wins a pair of innovative Keen Uneek sandals in appreciation of his helpful gear reviews.
Meet JR: UL Backpacker and Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations, JR, our latest Reviewer of the Month! The Georgia ultralight backpacker and master of the selfie stick wins an Alite Mayfly camp chair for his helpful gear reviews.
Meet Kali: Backpacker, Teacher, Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations, Kali, our latest Reviewer of the Month! The Washington backpacker, snowshoer, and English teacher wins a pair of TOPO Athletic trail shoes for her many helpful gear reviews.
Sub7 Hammock, Soft Gore Jacket, Ski/Climb Pack, More
The lightest hammock, a hardshell with a softer Gore membrane, a ski/climb/move pack, and flexible snowshoes: we've got more gear highlights from Outdoor Retailer.
Hoka Hikers, Recycled Down, and Solar Purifying
A Hoka hiker, recycled down from Ternua, and a SolarBag to purify water. Check out these gear highlights from Outdoor Retailer.
Meet Brian: Colorado Backpacker, Teacher, Gear Reviewer
Congratulations, Brian, our latest Reviewer of the Month! The Colorado backpacker, skier, climber, and teacher wins a Source Ultimate hydration system, plus a gear goodie pack, for his helpful reviews.
Congratulations, Top Gear Reviewers of 2014!
Congratulation to Trailspace's top gear reviewers of 2014! Meet the individuals most recognized by their fellow community members for their helpful, informative gear reviews.
"Make sure you love it." Melody Badgett on giving more than 1% for the Planet
"If you are not getting out in the outdoors, nature can pass you by. You’ll see it, but you will not really see it. You will know it, but you will not love it. Make sure you love it." Melody Badgett, managing director of 1% for the Planet, loves it.
Meet Sean: Backpacker, Bartender, Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations, Sean, our Reviewer of the Month! The Maryland backpacker, bartender, Wilderness First Responder, and Leave No Trace Trainer wins a WhisperLite Universal stove, thanks to MSR, for his helpful reviews.
6 Reasons to Start at Trailspace
If you're anything like us, you'd rather be outside than shopping. But if you are buying outdoor gear, clothing, or gifts this holiday season, you should start at Trailspace. Here's why.
Meet Lee, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations, Lee, our Reviewer of the Month. The South Carolina mountain biker, hiker, and hammock hanger wins a personal light from RTG, plus more outdoor goodies for his helpful reviews.
Spreading Outdoor Ethics and Lasting Impact: Dean Ronzoni of Leave No Trace
"Most people want to do the right thing. They just don’t always know what the right thing is," says Dean Ronzoni. That's where Leave No Trace comes in.
Coordinating Trail Crews and Keeping it Wild: Meet PCTA Volunteer and Thru-Hiker Tammy Turner
Coordinating trail crews, favorite gear, the "Wild" phenomenon, and making this planet even better. We talk with Tammy Turner, Volunteer Coordinator for the Mount Hood Chapter of the PCTA.
Reviewer Dirtwheels Wins $1,100 in L.L. Bean Winter Gear
Congratulations, Lee (Dirtwheels), winner of $1,100 in winter gear from L.L. Bean! For sharing his gear reviews, he wins two 0-degree down sleeping bags and a four-season backcountry dome tent.
Meet Jim, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations, Jim, our Reviewer of the Month. The backcountry skier, hiker, snowshoer, and SAR volunteer wins goodies from MSR, Mountain House, and more for his helpful reviews.
Building Trails on Water: American Rivers' Fay Augustyn
Trails don't have to be on land. Fay Augustyn helps communities access, connect to, and protect their rivers through the creation of Blue Trails at American Rivers.
Meet Big Red, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations, Rick, Reviewer of the Month. The long-time community member, backcountry skier, hiker, and plant prof in Norway wins a Grayl Water Filtration Cup and purifier, Soto spork, and goodies.
Reviewer Megan Wins $100 Backcountry.com Gift Card
Congratulations to gear reviewer Megan, our final weekly winner of a $100 gift card, thanks to Backcountry.com! And thanks to Backcountry for donating a generous $500 worth of gift cards to our members.
Kathleen Wins $100 Backcountry Gift Card, One to Go
Congratulations to Kathleen, our weekly winner of a $100 gift card to Backcountry.com for sharing her gear review! Review your gear. We'll draw one more $100 winner next week.
Committed to the Trail: Meet Andrew Downs of the ATC
"The trail blew me away and changed my life." Andrew Downs took his commitment to the Appalachian Trail further than his thru-hike. We talk with Downs about his work as Regional Director of the Central and Southwest Virginia Region for the ATC.
Big Red Wins $100 Backcountry Gift Card, Two to Go
Congratulations to Rick (Big Red), our weekly winner of a $100 gift card to Backcountry.com! Rick reviewed his Big Agnes Pumphouse. We'll draw another $100 winning reviewer next week.
Meet Leah, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations to Leah, Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month. For her contributions, the "salty sailor," paddler, backpacker, and world traveler gets a solid-fuel Solo Stove, and our appreciation!
Greg wins $100 Backcountry.com Gift Card, Three to Go
Congratulations to Greg Caporale, our weekly winner of a $100 gift card to Backcountry.com! Greg reviewed his Platypus Hoser. We'll draw another $100 winning reviewer next week.
Titanium-Infused Garments, Retro Rain Gear, LED Tents
Sierra Designs celebrates 50 years with its decidedly retro Elite Cagoule and Rain Chaps. Big Agnes shows off mtnGLO tents with integrated LEDs. And Vargo Outdoors embeds titanium into its performance apparel.
MSR Solo Stove, Tough Tufto Pants, UTMB Ultra Pack
A solo stove from Mountain Safety Research, bomb-proof scrambling pants from Bergans of Norway, and a super-niche ultra running pack from CamelBak: new gear was practically popping out of the booths on the second day of Outdoor Retailer.
First $100 Backcountry.com Winner, Four to Go
Congratulations to Kim Fenske, our first weekly winner of a $100 gift card to Backcountry.com. We'll draw a new winning $100 reviewer next week until we have five winners total.
Black Diamond and P-Tec: Lights and Lightweight Poles
Black Diamond and Princeton Tec showed off new charging and waterproof lights. Plus, a pair of super-light trekking poles from Black Diamond highlighted Day 1 at Outdoor Retailer.
Outdoor Retailer Demo Day: Novel Bars, Paddling Solo
A few standouts from Outdoor Retailer's Demo Day included energy bars with interesting ingredients, plus an Old Town canoe built for one.
It's Time for Outdoor Retailer Summer Market!
Trailspace is at Outdoor Retailer. Stay tuned for recaps on the backcountry gear, apparel, and footwear coming your way in 2015. And follow our coverage here, on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and YouTube.
Daniel Wins $300 Camp Kitchen from Katadyn, Optimus
Congratulations to member and gear reviewer Daniel Norgan! He won a backcountry kitchen package worth $300, thanks to Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire.
Meet Soleful2001, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations, Soleful2001, Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month. For his contributions, the North Carolina backpacker and photographer wins a GoMotion Fusion backpack light and other goodies.
Adrian Turner wins ENO Hammock Hanging Package
Congratulations to community member Adrian Turner! Adrian just won a complete hammock package including hammock, underquilt, fly, bug net, and more, thanks to Eagles Nest Outfitters ($585 value).
Meet Daniel Oates, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations, Daniel Oates, Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month. The North Carolina backpacker and geocacher wins a pair of Brooks PureGrit 3 trail running shoes, plus a prize pack of outdoor goodies.
G00SE Wins $500 CampSaver Gift Card! (Seriously)
Congratulations to community member and gear reviewer G00SE (aka Jeffery Gosnell), who was selected randomly as the winner of a $500 CampSaver E-Gift Card.
Trailspace Updates: New Brand and Category Pages
With the help of our members, we strive to make Trailspace the best outdoor gear community. Here are some of our most recent developments toward that goal, including new brand and gear category pages.
Welcome, Ashleigh and G00SE, Our Newest Moderators
Welcome and thank you to Ashleigh and G00SE, our newest community moderators! They join Gonzan, Mike, and Tom D in welcoming, guiding, and assisting community members.
Q&A with Dana Gerschel, Director of the American Alpine Club Library
From the main stacks to the rare book room, the American Alpine Club Library is a mountaineer's treasure trove of beta. Dana Gerschel oversees this alpine info as its Library Director.