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Gear Review: Kammok Pongo Pad Air Mattress and Puffin Pillow

Gear Review: Kammok Pongo Pad Air Mattress and Puffin Pillow

It may be because I’m getting older, but a decent night’s sleep while backpacking is getting more and more important. Gone are the days of using eighth-inch foam or the...

Aug 8, 2019 : Jim Rahtz
Gear Review: MSR PocketRocket Deluxe Stove

Gear Review: MSR PocketRocket Deluxe Stove

Backpacking stoves these days run on wood, esbit tabs, alcohol, and the ever-popular IsoPro canisters. The PocketRocket Deluxe runs on an IsoPro canister and is an improvement to its predecessor,...

Aug 2, 2019 : Josh Johnson
Badger’s Wind River High Route Gear List

Badger’s Wind River High Route Gear List

Next week, Jabba, Lt. Cookoo, and I will be attempting to hike Andrew Skurka's Wind River High Route.  I say attempt because I learned on the Pfiffner Traverse that not...

Aug 1, 2019 : Zach
Boots Vs. Trail Runners: Two Loyalists Compare and Contrast

Boots Vs. Trail Runners: Two Loyalists Compare and Contrast

Hiking boots or trail runners? Years ago there wasn't a choice. Leather hiking boots ruled the trail. But trail runners are now king of the mountains, and they far outnumber...

Jul 29, 2019 : The Editors
Gear Review: Outdoor Research Refuge Hybrid Hooded Jacket

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Refuge Hybrid Hooded Jacket

Is it a puffy? Is it a base layer? No, it’s Outdoor Research’s Refuge Hybrid Hooded Jacket—a lightweight multi-tasker that excels in moderation. This pared-down rehash of OR’s popular Refuge...

Jul 28, 2019 : Kelly Floro
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Tent

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Tent

Camping shelters are as diverse as the backpackers who carry them. From freestanding tents to trekking pole setups, from tarps to hammocks to plain old cowboy camps, there are endless...

Jul 28, 2019 : Kelly Floro
The Best Outdoor Gear Deals of the Week: Week of 7/22

The Best Outdoor Gear Deals of the Week: Week of 7/22

Happy Christmas in July to anyone looking for an excuse to upgrade their gear! Happy July to everyone else who doesn't need an excuse. Mountain Hardwear HyperLamina Spark Sleeping Bag...

Jul 22, 2019 : Rachel S
Rugged Thread Is Offering Free Gear Repair at PCT Trail Days 8/16 – 8/18

Rugged Thread Is Offering Free Gear Repair at PCT Trail Days 8/16 – 8/18

What: FREE repairs to all thru-hikers! Where: PCT Days, Cascade Locks, Oregon When: August 16th-18th No matter how prepared you are, somewhere along the 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest...

Jul 19, 2019 : Guest Post
Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Enigma Quilt

Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Enigma Quilt

The Enlightened Equipment Enigma is a popular ultralight quilt with backpackers, thru-hikers, and other weight-conscious adventurers. The Enigma has a simple, but carefully crafted design, with a

Jul 18, 2019 : Effie Drew
The Best Outdoor Gear Deals of the Week: Week of 7/15

The Best Outdoor Gear Deals of the Week: Week of 7/15

Happy hiking to everyone hitting the trails this week. Check out this week's deals for a last-minute item or two to round out your gear list. Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce

Jul 15, 2019 : Rachel S