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.
Protecting Climbing Crags: Meet the Access Fund Conservation Team
In addition to the essential gear, climbers also require open, protected climbing areas. Mike Morin and Amanda Peterson help maintain those crags as the 2014 Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team.
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.
Connecting Stewards with Trails: Meet Libby Wile, American Hiking's Volunteer Director
Libby Wile connects hundreds of volunteers annually with miles of trail projects across the country. In our Q&A, we talk with Wile about her work helping hikers and backpackers give back to the foot trails they love.
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.
Meet Bentbrook, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations, Bentbrook, Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month. The North Carolina backpacker, geocacher and animal tracker wins an American Alpine Club membership and benefits, plus a prize pack of outdoor goodies.
Reviewer Bill Garlinghouse Wins Old Town Kayak Package
Congratulations to community member Bill "L.Dog" Garlinghouse! Bill just won a paddling package, including an Old Town kayak, Carlisle paddle, and Extrasport PFD ($880 value) for sharing his reviews.
Q&A with Winter Wildlands Policy Director, Cailin O'Brien-Feeney
We talk with Cailin O'Brien-Feeney, Policy Director for the Winter Wildlands Alliance, about what it means to advocate for the winter backcountry and the human-powered snowsports enthusiast.
Meet LoneStranger, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations, LoneStranger, Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month. An avid Maine backpacker and cyclist, John wins a pair of Topo Athletic MT trail running shoes, plus goodies from A3, Clif, Innate, Kind, and Trailspace.
Reviewer Ben Rivers Wins Osprey Aether Backpack
Congratulations, Ben! You've won an Aether 70 backpack, thanks to Osprey ($290 value), for sharing your ENO tarp review. Have fun exploring Tennessee with your new backpack.
Happy 13th Birthday, Trailspace!
Happy 13th Birthday, Trailspace! A huge thanks goes out to everyone who has been a part of Trailspace since we launched back on March 14, 2001.
Meet David Drake, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations, David Drake, Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month. An avid Arizona backpacker and multisport enthusiast, David wins a pair of Hillsound crampons, plus goodies from A3, Clif, Innate, Kind, NiteIze, and Trailspace.
Trailspace Updates: Site Nav, Nonprofits, Mobile, More
Improvements to navigation and the mobile site, charitable contributions to our nonprofit partners, a trip to Outdoor Retailer: Here's what Trailspace has been up to.
Meet G00SE, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations, G00SE (aka Jeffery Gosnell), Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month! An Illinois caver, backpacker, and hammock hanger, G00SE wins a prize pack for having the highest rated gear reviews in January.
Full Gear Coverage from Outdoor Retailer Winter 2014
In January, Trailspace was on the scene at Outdoor Retailer, where the latest gear, apparel, and footwear for winter 2014-15 was announced. Here's our coverage recap.
Black Diamond Introduces First Jet-Fan Avy Airbags
Black Diamond has entered the avalanche airbag market with a new technology that uses one of the oldest methods of moving air—a fan. Plus, backcountry leaders on safety gear and responsibility.
Reviewer Herdingcats Wins Light and Motion GoBe+ Light
Congratulations, Herdingcats! For sharing a review of your Columbia Hells Peak LTR Outdry boots, you've won a waterproof GoBe+ flashlight, thanks to Light and Motion ($299 value).
BioLite Turns Stoves into Generators and Powers Group Gadgets
BioLite, which makes camp stoves that charge electronics, has two new power products: a BaseCamp stove for groups and a Packable Generator that works with any stove.
Arc'teryx Hybrid Shells, Vapur After Hours: OR Day 4
Arc'teryx designs hybrid shell jackets and pants for backcountry skiers and climbers. Vapur brings the After Hours beverages. Join us for Day 4 of Outdoor Retailer.
BD Apparel, Easton Snowshoes, Bergans Ski Touring: OR Day 3
Black Diamond's women's apparel, ski touring from Bergans, composite molded snowshoes from Easton, alpine packs from Lowe Alpine, down hoodies from Rab, fast jackets from Salomon, and a waterproof, ice-gripping Vibram FiveFingers running shoe.
One-Piece Jacket, Dial-a-Headlamp, Electrifying Gloves: OR Day 3
A jacket made from one sheet of North Face waterproof-breathable fabric, a Princeton Tec headlamp that switches modes with a dial, and new Outdoor Research gloves that include electric heat. Join us for Day 3 of Outdoor Retailer.
Touchy Headlamp, Performance Down, Spiky Shoes: OR Day 2
A swipe-to-shine Nite Ize headlamp, down-synthetic PrimaLoft blends, spiky IceBug running shoes, and CamelBak packs. Join us for more from Day 2 of Outdoor Retailer.
Winter Packs, Trail Runners, American Made: OR Day 2
Packs for backcountry skiing, rando, summit pushes, and expeditions. Nano skis and winter trail runners and hikers. American-made bars for dogs, fine mountain wear, and merino wool socks: Day 2 of Outdoor Retailer.
Origami Stove, Rocket Snowshoes, Toasty Rain Coats: OR Day 1
An origami-inspired stove, a snow saw with built-in avalanche hazard analysis tools, a carbon fiber snowshoe that weighs less than a paperback, and insulated down-filled rain jackets: more action from Day 1 of Outdoor Retailer.
Cooking without Fire, Lightest Ski Helmet: OR Day 1
Cooking without fire, the lightest snow sport helmet, an AT boot that automatically switches from walk to ski mode, a new packraft, plus insulation and footwear. Check out some highlights from Day 1 of Outdoor Retailer.
Outdoor Retailer Demo Day: A Winter Wonderland of Gear
Outdoor Retailer's Demo Day was packed with winter gear, including a hybrid touring snowshoe/ski, a ski for your fat bike, and new shovels from MSR.
Follow us at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market
Trailspace is at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market this week. Follow our coverage here, on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and on Trailspace's YouTube channel.
Congratulations, Trailspace's 2013 Top Reviewers
Congratulation to Trailspace's top reviewers of 2013! Meet the individuals most recognized by fellow community members for their helpful, informative gear reviews.
Meet Staci Williams, Waccamaw River Blue Trail Coordinator at American Rivers
We talk with Staci Williams, Waccamaw River Blue Trail Coordinator for American Rivers, and learn what a Blue Trail is and why clean, healthy rivers are important not only for recreation, but for communities.
Meet Megan, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations to Megan (aka MrsMustard), Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month! A Florida paddler and backpacker whose gear reviews were the highest rated in December, Megan wins a Rand McNally Foris 850 GPS receiver, plus a goodie pack.
Reviewer JD Tanner Wins $300 Innate Gear Prize
Congratulations, JD Tanner! For sharing a review of your The North Face Casimir backpack, you've won a package of outdoor and travel gear worth $300, thanks to Innate.
Merry Christmas to You!
Merry Christmas to all of our Trailspace friends! May your holidays and the year to come be filled with peace, joy, and adventure outdoors with family and friends.
John261 Wins $300 Adventure Medical Kits Prize Pack
Congratulations, John261! For sharing a review of your Yellowstone Fast Boil Backpacker Pot, you've won a package of winter survival and first aid gear, thanks to Adventure Medical Kits ($300 value).
Meet XterroBrando, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month
Congratulations to XterroBrando, Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month! A California multi-sport enthusiast whose gear reviews were the highest rated in November, XterroBrando wins a pair of custom Keen H2 sandals, plus a gear goodie pack.
Trailspace Updates: Gear Deals, More Sharp Stuff, Flagging
Research axes, saws, and shovels in an expanded Knives and Tools category. Flag problematic posts. Find the best gear and save money, and more. Here's a roundup from the past month of site developments, updates, and new features.
Give a Gift Membership and Support Outdoor Nonprofits
It's Giving Tuesday. This year, how about protecting a favorite or threatened trail, climbing area, river, or wildland? A gift membership to an outdoor nonprofit has an impact that lasts far beyond the holiday season.
Rand McNally Foris 850 GPS Receiver Winner
Thanks to Rand McNally, we recently gave away a Foris 850 GPS receiver ($199 value) to one lucky gear reviewer and member.
Noticing Miracles and Giving Thanks
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein
4 Ways to Give Great Gear
The holidays are an ideal opportunity to share the gift of outdoor recreation with friends and loved ones. Here's how to efficiently navigate holiday gear purchases, so you can spend less time shopping and more time outside.
Q&A with Seth Levy, Trailspace's Community Evangelist
We know him as Seth Levy, Trailspace Community Evangelist and Review Corps Coordinator. But, there's much more. Today we turn the Q&A on Seth.