Reviews

Gear Review: Gossamer Gear G4-20 Ultralight 42 Backpack

Gear Review: Gossamer Gear G4-20 Ultralight 42 Backpack

The Gossamer Gear G4-20 is a new take on one of the classic GG packs with some really cool and unique new features. Most notable are the asymmetrical hip belt...

Jan 13, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Versa

Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Versa

The early 1990s have recycled themselves and fanny packs are back, there's no two ways about it. Amusingly, this is apparently the case not only in Hiker Trash Vogue but...

Jan 13, 2020 : Anne K. Baker
Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Convert Quilt

Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Convert Quilt

Over the past few years, quilts have risen significantly in popularity for long-distance backpackers. If you aren’t familiar with them, the basic concept behind their design is that when using...

Jan 7, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: Women’s Icebreaker Mid Layer Jacket; Base Layer Tights

Gear Review: Women’s Icebreaker Mid Layer Jacket; Base Layer Tights

As an avid outdoors woman, I’ve accumulated quite a collection of base layers. At this point, I consider myself a connoisseur. Over the course of thousands of miles of hiking...

Dec 31, 2019 : Katie Gerber
Gear Review: Feathered Friends Tanager 20 CFL Sleeping Bag

Gear Review: Feathered Friends Tanager 20 CFL Sleeping Bag

I cannot count the number of sleeping bags I've used. I tried, really I did, but it's a lot. I've used synthetic and down, mummy and rectangular and spoon, degree...

Dec 28, 2019 : Anne K. Baker
Gear Review: Hoka One One Evo Speedgoat Trail Shoes

Gear Review: Hoka One One Evo Speedgoat Trail Shoes

The Speedgoat line from Hoka One One is named for Carl “Speedgoat” Meltzer, who not only holds the record for the most 100-mile trail race wins, but also set the...

Dec 27, 2019 : Megan McGowan
Gear Review: NEMO Dragonfly 2

Gear Review: NEMO Dragonfly 2

Tent design has come a long way, not just since the heavy aluminum tubing poles and 12-pound rigs from my days (long, long ago, in a galaxy… etc., etc.) as...

Dec 16, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: MSR DynaLock Explore Backcountry Poles

Gear Review: MSR DynaLock Explore Backcountry Poles

The MSR Explore DynaLock Backcountry Trekking Poles have tension locks that are three-section adjustable, made of full aluminum, and have comfortable foam handles. I tested these poles backpacking

Dec 16, 2019 : Alexandria Cremer
Gear Review: NEMO Riff 15 Women’s Sleeping Bag

Gear Review: NEMO Riff 15 Women’s Sleeping Bag

NEMO's newest sleeping bag is the Riff Down Sleeping Bag. This bag is designed with side sleepers in mind, because it has more room around the elbows and knees. It's...

Dec 16, 2019 : Alexandria Cremer
Gear Review: SlingFin SplitWing

Gear Review: SlingFin SplitWing

The SlingFin SplitWing is a light, modular shelter system made up of a tarp, a mesh body, and a vestibule (21 ounces total). The SplitWing is going to most appeal...

Dec 15, 2019 : Dan Stenziano