Andy Gotto @AndyG

Reviewer of the Month: May 2017

2,000 reviewer rep
41 forum posts
joined Sep 25, 2015

I am a: 45-year-old backpacker
Location: St Louis, MO
Occupation: Geographer

Affiliations: No affiliations

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking

Vitals

Height5'9
Weight180
Torso Length23"
Boot/Shoe Size10
Jacket/Shirt SizeL
Pant Size33/30

I do a lot of research before I buy and have found this site immensely helpful.  I also find that writing reviews helps me organize my thoughts about my own gear.  Thanks all reviewers for taking time out to share!

I've camped and hiked my whole life, but a life change in early 2015 gave me the time I'd always wanted to really start backpacking.  Since then I take every opportunity I can to hike in as far as time allows.  

I hiked the 170 miles of the River to River Trail over twelve days in Spring of 2015 and I'm currently doing sections of the Ozark Trail in Missouri.  In between sections I try to hike and overnight whenever I can, I tallied up 425 miles last year on trails and loops all over Southern Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas.  I'm a co-organizer of a local backpacking group that is very active and I try to meet up with folks from the hammock forums whenever I can.  Occasionally work will send me around Illinois and I take the opportunity to car camp wherever it looks interesting. 

I run a little, kayak occasionally, but mainly purchase my gear for backpacking with myself, my daughter and my girlfriend in mind.  My pack weight is around 20 pounds for 3 season use, up to 30 for a multi day winter trip.  I'm at my most comfortable hiking around 15 miles a day.

Gear Reviews (42)

user rating: 5 of 5 Altra Lone Peak 3.5 5/30/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Ryders Nelson 2/11/2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Altra Superior 2.0 12/04/2017
user rating: 2.5 of 5 Vasque Breeze III 12/02/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Good To-Go Granola 7/24/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Therm-a-Rest Slacker Snuggler 7/10/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Therm-a-Rest Slacker Super Snuggler 4/09/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 MSR PocketRocket 2 4/03/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Katadyn Vario Microfilter 9/06/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 The North Face Ultra 109 GTX 8/28/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 MountainGoat Gear Mesh Tarp Storage Sleeves 8/26/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Altra Lone Peak 2.5 8/21/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Patagonia Capilene Lightweight Bottoms 7/10/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Double Black Diamond 7/10/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Hammock Gear Economy Incubator 20° 7/04/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 The Poison Ivy Soap Co Poison Ivy Soap 6/17/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon 500ml 6/12/2016
user rating: 2.5 of 5 ALPS Mountaineering Sector 4200 6/12/2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX 6/12/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Cafe Bustelo Espresso Instant Coffee 5/30/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Haglofs L.I.M. Power Dry Hooded Top 4/29/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 GSI Outdoors Infinity Insulated Mug 4/22/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Dutchware 11 Foot Netless Hammock 3/30/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Dream Hammock Sparrow 3/20/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Nexcon Solar Charger 5000mAh 3/10/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Patagonia DAS Parka 2/28/2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Gossamer Gear Spinnaker G-Storage Sacks 2/22/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Patagonia Capilene Daily T-Shirt 2/22/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Zpacks Challenger Rain Gaiters 2/15/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Dutchware ARGON Vented Sock 2/01/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Gossamer Gear Rukus 1/28/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Warbonnet Traveler Double Layer 1.1 1/24/2016
user rating: 2.5 of 5 REI Recycled Camp Mug 1/22/2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Sea to Summit Reactor Plus Thermolite Liner 1/14/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Dutchware Kevlar Tree Huggers 1/07/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Patagonia Capilene 1 Silkweight T-Shirt 1/03/2016
user rating: 2.5 of 5 Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip 1/01/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Osprey Exos 58 12/24/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 Haglofs L.I.M Essens Jacket 10/13/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 Hammock Gear Standard Cuben Fiber Tarp with Doors 10/13/2015
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Osprey Talon 33 9/25/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife 9/25/2015

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