Steve Mullen (Gearmansteve)

Reviewer of the Month: August 2016

2,539 reviewer rep
17 forum posts
joined Jul 2, 2016

Full Name: Steve Mullen
70-year-old male backpacker
Kenwood, CA
Occupation: Outdoor gear tester
Email: private

Affiliations: I have many relationships with company public relation firms through my participation as a member of the media at the Summer and Winter Outdoor Retailer shows. I also work with my wife Inga Aksamit a writer and blogger.

Gear Reviews (127)

user rating: 4 of 5 Dickies Tough Max Flex Duck Pants 9/06/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Ecco Terracruise II 8/04/2018
user rating: 3 of 5 Sole Active Medium with Met Pad Footbed 6/08/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Run Gum Energy Gum 5/12/2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Craghoppers Woodridge Cagoule 5/07/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Bolle B-Rock 5/07/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Popticals PopGun 4/01/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Muck Boot Arctic Outpost Lace Mid 4/01/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 DryGuy Force Dry Shoe & Glove Dryer 3/26/2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Mishmi Takin Cayambe Soft Shell Jacket 3/03/2018

Forum Posts (17)

Re: Do I really need a climbing helmet for bagging 14rs with class 3 routes? October 6, 2017
Re: Drying Out a Platypus Bottle (or other) October 6, 2017
Re: Trekking Poles: Do you really need them? October 6, 2017
Re: One last snow trip from March May 4, 2017
Re: Congratulations, Sheila, Winner of a Year's Worth of Nikwax December 11, 2016


A life long outdoorsman with over 45 years of hiking and backpacking experience, I spend 40-50 days a winter skiing all over the west and the rest of the year is filled with hiking, backpacking, long distance canoeing, mountain biking and traveling the world. With 5 tents, 5 stoves, several packs and sleeping bags, I am a bit of a gear junky. Retired, I spend a great deal of time volunteering at Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen, California. I have hiked the JMT, High Sierra trail, numerous parts of the PCT, the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska twice, the Santa Cruz trail in Peru, the Tour of Mont Blanc and paddled over 500 miles on the Yukon River. With my wife, a writer, we have traveled all over Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Peru, Latin America, Indonesia, and Canada. I have been photographing outdoor gear for about 10 years and have been reviewing products using the written word  since 2014. My past reviews can be found by searching Steve Mullen or gearmansteve.


Rock climbing
Mountain biking
Stand Up Paddleboarding


Boot/Shoe Size9
Jacket/Shirt Sizemedium
Pant Size33 waist