Steve Mullen (Gearmansteve)

Reviewer of the Month: August 2016

2,521 reviewer rep
17 forum posts
joined Jul 2, 2016

Full Name: Steve Mullen
69-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.


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