andrew f. (leadbelly2550)

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Full Name: andrew f.
male hiker
Cabin John, MD
Occupation: lawyer
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Eddie Bauer First Ascent Guide Gloves

A very good winter glove for all but the coldest weather. A nice combination of warmth and freedom of movement. Very nice leather palms. Not…
photo: Eddie Bauer First Ascent Guide Gloves
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Patagonia Capilene Air Crew

A relatively loose, very stretchy, and ridiculously breathable base layer. Due to the loose weave, wind runs almost literally right through…
photo: Patagonia Men's Capilene Air Crew
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Kahtoola MICROspikes

Lightweight traction for winter hiking. A great solution unless you see enough ice or snow conditions that require crampons. Best worn with…
photo: Kahtoola MICROspikes
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Salomon XA Pro 3D

Salomon’s XA Pro 3D is a heavy duty trail running shoe that has been around, with various updates, for years. It is very heavy and firm for…
photo: Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D
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Garmin Forerunner 235

GPS watch that can track a variety of activities and generate a load of helpful data about your activities. Stand-alone GPS means you can leave…
photo: Garmin Forerunner 235
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Patagonia Capilene Thermal Weight Zip-Neck

Lightweight base layer that works in a wide range of temperature and weather conditions. Outstanding at wicking moisture. Extremely air-permeable…
photo: Patagonia Men's Capilene Thermal Weight Zip-Neck
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Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21

A relatively small, highly durable daypack that moves easily from commuting to the trail. While this is no lightweight for a backpack this small,…
photo: Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21
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Five Ten Guide Tennie

The Five Ten Guide Tennie is an approach shoe best suited to light hiking that involves scrambling on rocks. It has features common to many…
photo: Five Ten Men's Guide Tennie
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Oboz Bridger Low Waterproof

A sturdy general purpose low hiking shoe. Surprisingly wearable considering their firmness. Great support, deep and durable treads, and reliable…
photo: Oboz Men's Bridger Low Waterproof
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Badger Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen

I have been using Badger sunscreen this summer as an alternative to more chemically-based sun protection. It definitely does the job of keeping…
photo: Badger Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen
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Oboz Wind River III Waterproof

The Wind River III is a beast of a boot. Rough terrain, lousy weather, large person looking for extra support, and/or toting a heavy pack? This…
photo: Oboz Men's Wind River III Waterproof
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Oboz Campster

A lightweight slip-on water shoe with strong arch support and a grippy sole. Really good for walking on waterside trails—the polyester webbing’s…
photo: Oboz Men's Campster
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The North Face Base Camp Duffel

My size small base camp duffel is a favorite for short work trips and toting small amounts of extra gear to and from a trailhead. It is built…
photo: The North Face Base Camp Duffel
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L.L.Bean Mountain Classic Anorak

A simple, inexpensive but highly functional wind shell. The nylon shell is wind and water resistant but will soak through and will let air through…
photo: L.L.Bean Men's Mountain Classic Anorak
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Marmot Exum Guide Undercuff Glove

A glove for enhanced dexterity in cold weather. Very good in terms of ability to use your fingers. Warmth is limited—if you aren't moving…
photo: Marmot Exum Guide Undercuff Glove
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Bedrock Sandals Cairn Pro

Bedrock's Cairn Pro is an unusual take on a minimal sandal. The most important distinction is the strapping, which is unlike any other sandal…
photo: Bedrock Sandals Cairn Pro
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Rab Infinity Endurance Jacket

This is a mid-weight down jacket that can handle all but the coldest weather that most people will ever see. It is fairly lightweight for a…
photo: Rab Men's Infinity Endurance Jacket
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Arc'teryx Alpha AR Jacket

The Alpha AR Jacket is a lightweight shield against the elements. High wind, heavy rain, and frozen precipitation just won’t penetrate this…
photo: Arc'teryx Men's Alpha AR Jacket
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My Trail Storm UL Jacket

My Trail's Storm UL Jacket is a waterproof and breathable shell that gives you a lot for a budget price. With two low zippered pockets, an adjustable…
photo: My Trail Storm UL Jacket
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Patagonia Crosstrek Bottoms

A great option for cold weather activity or under a shell pant in colder weather. Polartec Power Stretch moves and wicks well, yet is pretty…
photo: Patagonia Men's Crosstrek Bottoms
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Xero Shoes Z-Trail

Xero’s Z-Trail is a minimalist sandal in a number of ways. The sole and midsole together are less than a centimeter thick, with no thick heel…
photo: Xero Shoes Men's Z-Trail
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Icebreaker Fingerless Merino Wool Gloves

Great solution if you need fingertips handy. Merino is smooth, doesn't itch. Good for cool weather and as a liner for cooking, photography,…
photo: Icebreaker Fingerless Merino Wool Gloves
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Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS

Vibram’s Spyridon LS is a FiveFingers shoe intended for trail running. Design features that make these better for trails are a collar that…
photo: Vibram Men's FiveFingers Spyridon LS
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Icebreaker Oasis Crewe S/S

This 100% merino wool t shirt is great for most outdoor pursuits and workouts. 200 weight merino is a bit heavier weight than the "ultralight"…
photo: Icebreaker Oasis Crewe S/S
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Yeti Rambler Bottle 36oz

Heavy but highly functional storage for hot and cold liquids. Durability is a big plus. Does a great job keeping the hot stuff hot and the cold…
photo: Yeti Rambler Bottle 36oz
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Chaco Z/Cloud 2

A meaningful upgrade over Chaco's Z/2 classic sandal. The Z/Cloud 2's topsole and midsole are softer and more forgiving than previous versions.
photo: Chaco Men's Z/Cloud 2
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Patagonia R1 Hoody

The most versatile mid-layer I own. I wear this as one of my layers in the coldest temperatures all the way through stuffing in my day pack…
photo: Patagonia Men's R1 Hoody
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Gregory 3D Hydro 3L Reservoir

A reservoir with innovations that make sense, but durability could be a big issue. The main advantage is the three-dimensional shape of the…
photo: Gregory 3D Hydro 3L Reservoir
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Gregory Citro 25

The Citro 25 is a good-sized and reasonably lightweight day pack with a surprisingly strong spring steel frame. The Citro's multiple pockets…
photo: Gregory Citro 25
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Montane Spine Jacket

Montane's Spine Jacket is a Goretex shell that appears to be very well put together. It combines very light weight with essential functions—windproof,…
photo: Montane Spine Jacket
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Forty Below Bottle Boots 1L

Does a very good job keeping your liquids warm in the winter and cool in the summer—decently thick neoprene. Simple fold-over top and wide…
photo: Forty Below Bottle Boots 1L
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Oboz Bridger Mid Waterproof

A really comfortable mid that can overlap into four seasons. The leather upper is soft and needs little break-in but provides some support,…
photo: Oboz Men's Bridger Mid Waterproof
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Black Diamond Guide Gloves

These made me a believer in gloves for very cold weather. I have not worn a warmer or more durable glove. The gauntlet is easy to open and close,…
photo: Black Diamond Men's Guide Gloves
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Broner Fleece Flip Top Mitten

An emergency pick-up turns out to be useful. These are light Polartec fleece fingerless gloves that convert into mittens—a piece of fleece…
photo:   Broner Fleece Flip Top Mitten
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Wild Things Guide Pack

This light, old-school day pack is great for people who want a low profile pack with plenty of tie-down options. Made for climbing, this pack…
photo: Wild Things Guide Pack
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Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody

The Nano-Air Hoody is a mid-weight insulating layer than can reach across a wider than normal range of temperature and weather conditions. It…
photo: Patagonia Men's Nano-Air Hoody
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MyPakage Action Series Boxer Brief

The primary marketing edge of MyPakage's stretchy boxer briefs is a specially-shaped and partially separated pouch...but its real advantage…
photo: MyPakage Action Series Boxer Brief
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Patagonia R3 Jacket

Athletic cut synthetic fleece jacket that was made for working hard in cold weather. You can wear this in a wide range of temperatures because…
photo: Patagonia Men's R3 Jacket
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Oboz Sawtooth Low

Oboz's Sawtooth Low hiking shoe is a comfortable, not-too-heavy shoe that's great for trails. The midsole provides plenty of cushioning and…
photo: Oboz Men's Sawtooth Low
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Steve's Paleogoods Dried Wild Blueberries

A great addition in terms of variety and taste to the trail food/carbs category. Steve's dried blueberries taste great and have a consistency…
photo:   Steve's Paleogoods Dried Wild Blueberries
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Patagonia Down Snap-T Pullover

This 600 fill power duck down Down Snap-T Pullover gives you lightweight warmth in a no-nonsense package. The anorak style feels a little warmer…
photo: Patagonia Men's Down Snap-T Pullover
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Osprey Viper 13

This is a hydration backpack that offers a little space for extra stuff and does its job extremely well. With its included proprietary 3 liter…
photo: Osprey Viper 13
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UnTapped Maple Packets

Untapped All Natural Athletic Fuel (which I will call "UnTapped" for the remainder of this review) might be one of the simplest energy supplements…
photo: UnTapped Maple Packets
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Chaco Zong

Think of these as a major upgrade over high-end flip-flops. The same straps as Chaco's Z-2 sandal, without the heel strap, these are easier…
photo: Chaco Men's Zong
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TrekSta Granite

Approach shoes are trail hikers that are also intended for diversions such as easier rock climbs and scrambling that require good traction,…
photo: TrekSta Granite
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Clif Organic Energy Food

I was provided with four flavors of CLIF organic energy food: pizza margherita, banana mango with coconut, banana beet with ginger, and sweet…
photo: Clif Organic Energy Food
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Oboz Teewinot

Oboz introduces a very capable hybrid that is part low trail shoe and part approach shoe. It is somewhat heavier and less cushioned than most…
photo: Oboz Teewinot
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The North Face Hedgehog GTX XCR

Note, this is a prior version of the shoe, used pretty hard for a few years. Good support, use of running shoe technology, and foot protection…
photo: The North Face Men's Hedgehog GTX XCR
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Ibex Nomad Full Zip Hoody

A warm and low-profile insulating layer for active pursuits. It has the benefits of the warmth, versatility, and odor resistance of merino wool,…
photo: Ibex Men's Nomad Full Zip Hoody
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Fällkniven PXLwh

Does exactly what I want and need for what I consider to be an essential hiking tool. Safe, reasonably light, durable, and sharp. For those…
photo: Fällkniven PXLwh
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Deuter Pace 36

The Pace 36 is a weight-shaving daypack with a very light frame and wide mesh hip belt. I applaud Deuter for figuring out how to make a bag…
photo: Deuter Pace 36
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Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket

A super light and deceptively warm down sweater. Moderately roomy cut allows some layering underneath. In keeping with the jacket's absurdly…
photo: Mountain Hardwear Men's Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket
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Patagonia Alpine Houdini

This is the lightest and most packable waterproof/breathable shell I have tried. It functioned extremely well on a variety of really unpleasant…
photo: Patagonia Men's Alpine Houdini
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Patagonia Lightweight Alpine Beanie

This is a years-old Patagonia beanie, the lightweight in my arsenal. This is the one I wear when I want something on my head, but am moving…
photo: Patagonia Lightweight Alpine Beanie
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Smartwool Cuffed Beanie

A super smooth all wool double layer beanie. The quality of the merino wool here is outstanding — you won't find a smoother and more comfortably…
photo: Smartwool Cuffed Beanie
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Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Fleece Storm Beanie

This is a very comfortable and warmer than average beanie for outdoor activities. It has a fleece exterior and a polyester/elastic inner layer…
photo: Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Fleece Storm Beanie
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Hestra Heli 3-Finger Glove

These are my backup winter hiking mitt/gloves. I really like the heavy-duty feel of these, the lobster design, and some of the thoughtful features.
photo: Hestra Men's Heli 3-Finger Glove
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FITS Sock Medium Hiker Crew

A really comfortable merino wool hiking sock. Very smooth, soft socks with a good amount of stretch. Relatively low volume for a medium weight…
photo: FITS Sock Medium Hiker Crew
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Patagonia Down Sweater

The Patagonia Down Sweater is a fairly lightweight and highly packable warm layer. The down sweater's relatively roomy fit is great for layering…
photo: Patagonia Men's Down Sweater
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Boreas Gear Lost Coast 45

A moderately lightweight backpack that is smartly designed and does a lot of things well. I found the suspension very comfortable for carrying…
photo: Boreas Gear Lost Coast 45
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The North Face Paramount Cargo Short

Quick dry nylon shorts are good for a wide variety of outdoor activities. I like the lightweight material, the pockets, and the belt and belt…
photo: The North Face Men's Paramount Cargo Short
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Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Jacket

The Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Jacket is a lightweight waterproof/breathable jacket featuring Mountain Hardwear's Dry-Q technology, with an internal…
photo: Mountain Hardwear Men's Plasmic Jacket
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Mountain Hardwear Phantom Hooded Jacket

A puffy heater of a jacket. This is a very warm, very light down jacket with just enough functionality to make it supremely useful for cold…
photo: Mountain Hardwear Men's Phantom Hooded Jacket
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Lowe Alpine AirZone Pro 45:55

The Lowe AirZone Pro is a lightweight internal frame pack that can serve a lot of different purposes. Because it has the "Airzone' back that…
photo: Lowe Alpine AirZone Pro 45:55
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Outdoor Research Alti Mitts

If you absolutely need the warmest mitten available, these are the gold standard as far as I am concerned. The combination of a windproof/waterproof…
photo: Outdoor Research Men's Alti Mitts
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Patagonia Alpine Guide Pants

A fine cold weather outer layer that works well in a wide range of conditions. Clearly designed and sized with winter in mind but also a good…
photo: Patagonia Men's Alpine Guide Pants
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L.L.Bean Maine Hunting Shoe

Rain boots suitable for walking in wet and muddy trails. not so good for hard core steeps and rocks. Comfortable and built to accommodate heavy…
photo: L.L.Bean Men's Maine Hunting Shoe
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The North Face Denali Glove

General duty fleece gloves. Decent/thoughtful construction. Not very comfortable without liners. There are better options. These are what i…
photo: The North Face Men's Denali Glove
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Eddie Bauer First Ascent Peak XV Down Jacket

This is a preliminary look at the jacket's fit, features, and construction, which I will supplement after using it this winter. This looks and…
photo: Eddie Bauer Men's First Ascent Peak XV Down Jacket
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Sazzi Digit

Sazzi's take on the traditional water sandal provides some unique and helpful innovations. Having independent toe movement helps with balance…
photo: Sazzi Digit
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Feathered Friends Hyperion Vest

A very lightweight yet warm down vest. Features are minimal, what you would expect to keep weight limited. Relatively trim fit. Overall outstanding.
photo: Feathered Friends Hyperion Vest
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Platypus Big Zip SL

Originally purchased as a backup, this has become my favorite hydration option. Easy to fill. I like the bite valve on this a fair bit better…
photo: Platypus Big Zip SL
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CamelBak eddy Glass

This is a review of the CamelBak eddy glass bottle. For those who fear chemical leaching from plastic, the glass bottle offers a chemical-free…
photo: CamelBak eddy Glass
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Sazzi Decimal

A unique revision of the flip-flop that has some nice foot stability and ground feel. Their light weight, relatively sticky sole, and improved…
photo: Sazzi Decimal
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Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70

Sun protection that keeps you from getting fried and that truly does not wash or sweat off. Broad spectrum, doesn't irritate skin (hypoallergenic).
photo: Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70
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Marmot Zion Jacket

Lighter and better-fitting than I expected, I look forward to cold weather. This started as a preliminary review about fit and features. I am…
photo: Marmot Men's Zion Jacket
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CamelBak Antidote Reservoir

I'm not sure this is the antidote. While I appreciate a number of the features that Camelbak has added to this system, it has a persistant moisture…
photo: CamelBak Antidote Reservoir
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Patagonia R1 Pullover

I recently purchased my third R1 pullover in about 20 years. it is a great light/mid insulating layer or works as a warm base layer. very versatile,…
photo: Patagonia Men's R1 Pullover
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Patagonia R1 Pants

This is a fairly warm synthetic base layer, loose enough to serve as a mid-layer. I recommend wearing alone for cooler weather and beneath a…
photo: Patagonia Men's R1 Pants
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Patagonia Merino 3 Midweight Crew

This is a midweight merino wool/polyester blend base layer that Patagonia just reintroduced (yet inexplicably but happily put in the 50% off…
photo: Patagonia Men's Merino 3 Midweight Crew
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Patagonia Micro Puff Pants

Heaters. these are shell pants with synthetic insulation, Primaloft or some equivalent. they have a fairly loose fit. the waist adjusts via…
photo: Patagonia Micro Puff Pants
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Cabela's Polartec Classic 300 ECWCS Pants

heavyweight fleece pants for sitting around in the cold and damp. not so great for walking around unless it's obscenely cold out. on the positive…
 
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Rab Latok Jacket

I have had this shell for a couple of months and really enjoy it.  things I like: excellent quality, both construction and attention to detail. …
photo: Rab Latok Jacket
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Spyderco Para-Military

A functional and safe folding knife for hiking. It's safe, it's fairly light, extremely durable, and easy to use. The thumb hole is great, but…
photo: Spyderco Para-Military
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Integral Designs eVent Shortie Gaiters

I could not be happier with these inexpensive yet highly effective gaiters. I purchased these to keep splash/mud/debris out of the tops of my…
 
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Black Diamond Trail Shock

I have been very happy with these poles.  they were a significant step up from my previous poles for the following reasons: Grip - these have…
photo: Black Diamond Men's Trail Shock
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Backpacker's Pantry Scrambled Eggs

For a comparative Instant Camp Eggs Cook-Off, I tested and reviewed the following packaged plain egg products: Adventure Egg Anywhere Scrambles,…
photo: Backpacker's Pantry Scrambled Eggs
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Adventure Egg Anywhere Scrambles

For a comparative Instant Camp Eggs Cook-Off, I tested and reviewed the following packaged plain egg products: Adventure Egg Anywhere Scrambles,…
photo: Adventure Egg Anywhere Scrambles
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Cache Lake Foods Outfitter's Choice Scrambled Eggs

For a comparative Instant Camp Eggs Cook-Off, I tested and reviewed the following packaged plain egg products: Adventure Egg Anywhere Scrambles,…
photo: Cache Lake Foods Outfitter's Choice Scrambled Eggs
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AlpineAire Foods Scrambled Eggs

For a comparative Instant Camp Eggs Cook-Off, I tested and reviewed the following packaged plain egg products: Adventure Egg Anywhere Scrambles,…
photo: AlpineAire Foods Scrambled Eggs
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Backpacker's Pantry Organic Scrambled Eggs

For a comparative Instant Camp Eggs Cook-Off, I tested and reviewed the following packaged plain egg products: Adventure Egg Anywhere Scrambles,…
 
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Wild Things Superlight Alpinist Pants

Wild Things is retooling their gear offerings, so whether something like these pants will still be available is entirely unclear.  This is…
 
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Optimus Nova

Purchased four or five years ago to replace a twenty-year-old MSR XGK — which is still operational, by the way.  In addition to the XGK and…
photo: Optimus Nova
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TrekSta Evolution

Outstanding fit for my foot. Speed laces are welcome. Low-profile sole can be slippery in the mud and wears fairly quickly. Heel counter was…
photo: TrekSta Men's Evolution
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Smartwool Microweight Tee

i purchased this primarily for the fabric - very lightweight, non-itchy merino wool. not surprisingly, it performs as i expected.  it doesn't…
photo: Smartwool Men's Microweight Tee
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Icebreaker Hopper Lite

almost ideal hiking shirt. the fabric is very smooth and comfortable in a pretty wide range of temperatures. it wicks moisture fairly well and…
photo: Icebreaker Hopper Lite
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SteriPEN Traveler

by now, the technology is no mystery - UV light kills the DNA in whatever bacteria, protozoans, even viruses may be in your water bottle. …
photo: SteriPEN Traveler
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Granite Gear Round Rock Solid

lightweight, durable, effective. couldn't ask for anything more in a compression stuff sack.  I have used one for several years for sleeping…
photo: Granite Gear Round Rock Solid
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Gregory Baltoro 65

This is a load-hauler for a backpack of this size. It has proved to be not only comfortable but also very durable. Plethora of features is nice.
photo: Gregory Baltoro 65
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Patagonia Houdini Jacket

less truly can be more; this might be the perfect wind shirt.  it weighs next to nothing, about four ounces.  It stops moderate wind, it breathes…
photo: Patagonia Men's Houdini Jacket
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Outdoor Research Gripper Gloves

these may be the most versatile gloves i own, and certainly the gloves i use and abuse the most.  I am on my second pair. the gripper gloves…
photo: Outdoor Research Men's Gripper Gloves
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Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport

As interest in barefoot or minimal footwear builds in the running and trail communities, Trailspace assigned three reviewers to test the utility…
photo: Vibram Men's FiveFingers TrekSport
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CAMP Ice Rider

Good basic alpine crampons. Easy to adjust and wear with boots that work with step in crampons. Come with a good bag and anti-ball plates. This…
 
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Mountain Hardwear Ghost SL -40

This is a first look that focuses on the fit and finish; i plan to post a follow-up review after taking this to deep cold weather, which i have…
photo: Mountain Hardwear Ghost SL -40
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Marmot Sawtooth 15

This is a well-made sleeping bag with a lot of function for the price. It is insulated with 600 fill goose down and weighs about three pounds.
photo: Marmot Sawtooth 15
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The North Face Apex Bionic Jacket

this is my first soft shell top or bottom, a gift.  as a hard shell lover, i was prepared to be disappointed in how this would perform.  instead,…
photo: The North Face Men's Apex Bionic Jacket
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Cold Cold World Ozone

Bottom line: simple, tough large daypack with a lot of positives. love the bright red! I bought this backpack to fill a particular need - winter…
photo: Cold Cold World Ozone
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Keen Hydro Guide

this is my favorite Keen water shoe by a pretty wide margin. it represents a fairly significant departure from existing Keen water shoes in…
photo: Keen Hydro Guide
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Integral Designs eVent Rain Pants

To be clear, this focuses almost completely on fit, not on the capabilities of the gear, and intended to assist online purchasers who may not…
photo: Integral Designs eVent Rain Pants
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Wild Things Snowkite Jacket

These are my initial impressions of this eVent jacket purchased on clearance, well under half price. some preliminary thoughts: First, it is…
photo: Wild Things Snowkite Jacket
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Balega Enduro Quarter

Balega is a South African company that makes the best thin running sock I have ever put on my feet. I tend to wear them with running shoes but…
photo: Balega Enduro Quarter
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Mystery Ranch Snapdragon

First impressions of the new acquisition are excellent. This is a large daypack, 2300 cubic inches of volume. This pack does not have a lot…
photo: Mystery Ranch Snapdragon
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Smartwool Mountaineering Extra Heavy Crew Socks

Thick merino wool sock for the coldest weather. Warm, comfortable, wicks well. High volume, make sure they fit in your boots. If they get very…
photo: Smartwool Men's Mountaineering Extra Heavy Crew Socks
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Smartwool Expedition Trekking Sock

My standard, go-to hiking sock the past several years. I use these with ankle-high, all-leather boots, sometimes on their own, sometimes with…
photo: Smartwool Expedition Trekking Sock
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Bridgedale Endurance Summit

I purchased a mid-weight and heavyweight pair of Bridgedale socks because I had heard so many good things about the brand. This is the heavyweight,…
photo: Bridgedale Endurance Summit
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Bridgedale Endurance Trekker

I have withheld a five star rating only because there are a number of very good brands of socks on the market these days. That said, these are…
photo: Bridgedale Men's Endurance Trekker
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Vasque Velocity

Other than paying full retail, I really like this shoe. It is very stable, very comfortable, and fits my foot well (including orthotic inserts).
photo: Vasque Men's Velocity
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Fällkniven P

My favorite small folding knife for hiking. It's simple, it works, it's practically indestructible. Blade is under three inches long, made of…
photo: Fällkniven P
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Benchmade Mini Griptilian Family

one of my two all-time favorite small knives. mine is 154CM stainless, plain edge. it stays sharp but is reasonably easy to resharpen. the locking…
photo: Benchmade Mini Griptilian Family
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Marmot Randonnee Glove

this is my glove of choice for cold but not frigid conditions. the insulation is pretty good. if you are moving around and active, it's feasible…
photo: Marmot Men's Randonnee Glove
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Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero SL Parka

a few preliminary statements about philosophy. i try to assess gear for its intended purpose, and how well it fulfills that purpose. if i were…
photo: Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero SL Parka
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EMS Glacier Down Jacket

i bought this jacket as the warm, sitting-still layer for winter mountaineering. as a basic warm garment, the price is tremendous. is it the…
 
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Sherpa Snowshoes Modified Bearpaw Snowshoe

I have owned and used the same pair of Sherpa snowshoes for over twenty years. the dimensions of the snowshoe are nine inches by thirty-six…
 
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REI Flash 50

purchased this pack to bridge the gap between a day pack and a true weekend/short multi-day bag. it fits that niche very well. i compared it…
 
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The North Face Dark Star -40

i purchased this as a dedicated cold weather bag (it was purchased used - the prior owner used it for one season). i winter hike in the white…
photo: The North Face Dark Star -40
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Cabela's Polartec 300 Hooded Jacket

This is a jacket made from polartec 300 classic - the term Malden Mills uses to describe their thick, standard (not windblock or power stretch)…
 
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Merrell Moab Gore-Tex XCR

A great lightweight hiking/trail shoe. these replaced a somewhat heavier and sturdier Merrell gore-tex shoe, the Chameleon, which were very…
photo: Merrell Men's Moab Gore-Tex XCR
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Scarpa Inverno

A good general purpose mountaineering boot. After a few years, I purchased insulated high-altitude liners that substantially increase their…
photo: Scarpa Inverno
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GoLite Shadow Pants

this is a pair of lightweight gore tex pants. Very lightweight - to the point where i would be concerned about durability. However, the pants…
photo: GoLite Men's Shadow Pants
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Limmer Standard

My most comfortable pair of shoes. I bought these in 2005 and have worn them steadily since then. I have taken them hiking in tropical storms…
photo: Limmer Men's Standard
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Cabela's Mountain Sherpa Jacket

this is an extremely thick, warm, windproof fleece jacket. i wore it extensively last winter and plan to again this year. this is an exceptionally…
 
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Merrell Chameleon Wrap Gore-Tex XCR

i bought this shoe primarily for urban workouts and light hiking, but it has become one of my favorite weekend shoes for hikes, soccer games,…
photo: Merrell Men's Chameleon Wrap Gore-Tex XCR
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Marmot Exum Jacket

first impressions of my new bad-weather shell. it has not yet seen the sub-zero bluster of winter on mount washington, but i wore it for several…
photo: Marmot Men's Exum Jacket
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The North Face Mountain Light Jacket

I have a long history with this jacket. I purchased my first one in 1992. It was a long favorite until the seam tape delaminated around 2000.
photo: The North Face Men's Mountain Light Jacket
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Patagonia Rain Shadow Jacket

If used for the intended purpose, this is a very fine rain/foul weather jacket if properly maintained. In my mind, this jacket is a lightweight…
photo: Patagonia Men's Rain Shadow Jacket
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Chaco Z/1 Diamond Stealth

Purchased mid-summer as a third sandal, to compliment a pair of Chaco z/2 Unaweeps and a pair of Keen Newports. Quickly became the go-to water/walking…
photo: Chaco Men's Z/1 Diamond Stealth
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Chaco Z/2 Unaweep

I have been searching for the perfect water shoe for a long time. I'm still looking but like these Chacos as much as any other shoe I have worn.
photo: Chaco Men's Z/2 Unaweep
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CamelBak Omega Reservoir

I use a three liter reservoir with the 'big bite' valve. the reservoir itself is great. It hasn't ripped, split, or leaked despite some rough…
photo: CamelBak Omega Reservoir
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Nalgene 32 oz Wide Mouth Tritan

I recently replaced all my ancient Lexan Nalgene bottles after reports about the effect of BPA. I hope BPA isn't too bad because I have been…
photo: Nalgene 32 oz Wide Mouth Tritan
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GoLite Ion

Ultralight pack for days, summits, an overnight if you pack light. Only the shoulder straps are padded—you benefit from packing this carefully.
photo: GoLite Ion
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Arc'teryx Amp

My only daypack for the past several years. I have used it for nordic and alpine skiing, cycling, day hiking, trail running, and as an informal…
 
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Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Overboot

My winter hiking experience is almost all in the Adirondacks in New York and the White Mountains in New Hampshire. I have spent several weeks…
photo: Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Overboot
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Warmlite vapor barrier socks

I purchased two pair of Stephenson's Warmlite vapor barrier socks for a winter mountaineering trip. They are very inexpensive, two pair cost…
 
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Mystery Ranch G6000

These are first impressions, as I have only taken this on a few hikes. I will give it a year or two then update. So far, I have taken a few…
photo: Mystery Ranch G6000
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Killer Review

Limmer Light-Weight

This all-leather hiking boot is comfortable, stable, durable, yet not super-heavy. I love it as an all-around hiking boot. It is well-suited…
photo: Limmer Men's Light-Weight
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Marmot Bridger

Bottom line - a well-made weekend pack with nice features, comfortably carries 40 pounds. I purchased this pack to close the gap between a small…