Madison Dragna

I'm a freelance writer and devoted yogi. I completed my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2013 and have been missing trail life ever since. I might not be the nomad I once was, but my current home in Colorado isn't a bad place to rest. I dream of the day all my belongings can fit in a backpack again. Until then, I am here to lend a hand to all the gear junkies, hiker trash, and outdoor lovers alike. Feel free to follow me on Instagram @madidragna

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Backpacking and Outdoors Gear Made in America

Backpacking and Outdoors Gear Made in America

Many companies in the outdoor industry and beyond produce items overseas because of cheap labor and material costs, but that doesn't mean we can't

Mar 3, 2017 : Madison Dragna
Gear Review: Altra’s Lone Peak 3.0 Women’s Trail Running Shoes

Gear Review: Altra’s Lone Peak 3.0 Women’s Trail Running Shoes

Altra might be known for its running shoes, but the brand does have a line of trail shoes. This review will focus on Altra's Lone Peak 3.0

Aug 22, 2016 : Madison Dragna
Gear Review: Columbia’s OutDry EX Diamond Shell Rain Jacket

Gear Review: Columbia’s OutDry EX Diamond Shell Rain Jacket

Rain gear can be quite the necessity out on the Appalachian Trail because, let's admit it, it's a wet and rainy place. Columbia's OutDry Extreme

May 2, 2016 : Madison Dragna
Gear Review: Black Diamond’s Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles

Gear Review: Black Diamond’s Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles

Alpine Carbon trekking poles, I just couldn’t say no. These trekking poles are four-season poles. They can be used during the summer and during

Dec 19, 2015 : Madison Dragna
Gear Review: Pearl Izumi Women’s N2 V2 Trail Running Shoes

Gear Review: Pearl Izumi Women’s N2 V2 Trail Running Shoes

Shoes are a huge part of a hiker’s gear. I am glad to have tested out Pearl Izumi’s Women’s E: Motion Trail N2 V2 shoes. These shoes were given

Oct 30, 2015 : Madison Dragna
14 Things to Consider When Hiking with a Beginner Hiker

14 Things to Consider When Hiking with a Beginner Hiker

So your hiking addiction and geographical location has sparked the interest of friends and family. People officially call you ‘that hiker chick or

Oct 1, 2015 : Madison Dragna
Gear Review: Injinji Toe Socks

Gear Review: Injinji Toe Socks

I owe my here and here and Awol’s Gear List.  Yes, I am referring to the same Awol that wrote the Injinji’s TRAIL 2.0 Midweight Micro

Jul 20, 2015 : Madison Dragna
Gear Review: Salomon XA Pro 3D CS WP Trail Runners

Gear Review: Salomon XA Pro 3D CS WP Trail Runners

According to Appalachian Trials'  XA Pro 3D CS WP trail shoes. For clarity, Salomon offers a variety of shoes with this stylistic look. The

Apr 14, 2015 : Madison Dragna
Gear Review: Gregory J53 Backpack

Gear Review: Gregory J53 Backpack

Gregory is one of the most popular pack brands you will see on the trail. This review will focus on Gregory's women's internal frame pack,

Mar 25, 2015 : Madison Dragna
The Ultimate Guide for Preserving and Maintaining Your Backpacking Gear

The Ultimate Guide for Preserving and Maintaining Your Backpacking Gear

Backpacking gear can be a huge expense. With such an investment in your outdoor endeavors, not only do you want your gear to work but also to last.

Mar 11, 2015 : Madison Dragna