Andy Gotto (AndyG)

Reviewer of the Month: May 2017

1,985 reviewer rep
41 forum posts
joined Sep 25, 2015

Full Name: Andy Gotto
44-year-old male backpacker
St Louis, MO
Occupation: Geographer
Email: private

Affiliations: No affiliations

Gear Reviews (42)

user rating: 5 of 5 Altra Men's 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 Men's Superior 2.0 12/04/2017
user rating: 2.5 of 5 Vasque Men's 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 Men's Ultra 109 GTX 8/28/2016

Forum Posts (41)

Re: "Look for the challenge, solitude, and scenery every day" says David, our Reviewer of the Month December 2, 2017
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Re: Congratulations, Kevin, Our Black Diamond Gear Winner July 10, 2017
Re: "When in Doubt Go" Says Reviewer of the Month Ashleigh July 10, 2017
Re: "Lazy. And Damn Good Looking"—Meet Andy, Backpacker, Geographer, Reviewer of the Month May 25, 2017


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.




Torso Length23"
Boot/Shoe Size10
Jacket/Shirt SizeL
Pant Size33/30