Reviews

Chicken Tramper UL Gear Water Bottle Sleeve Review

Chicken Tramper UL Gear Water Bottle Sleeve Review

What is a water bottle sleeve, and should it be on your "must-pack" list for your next thru-hike? The convenient and hassle-free Chicken Tramper Ultralight Gear Water Bottle Sleeve might...

Dec 2, 2022 : Ariella Nardizzi
Outdoor Vitals Vario Jacket Review

Outdoor Vitals Vario Jacket Review

This summer, I walked the Wind River High Route with The Trek editor, Kelly Floro, and another gal friend. On cold mornings, as we popped out of damp tents at...

Dec 1, 2022 : Alison Young
Chicken Tramper Ultralight Gear 1L Fanny Pack Review

Chicken Tramper Ultralight Gear 1L Fanny Pack Review

I used to be one of those snobby backpackers who swore up and down I'd never use a fanny pack. I have enough side pockets on my hip belt, I...

Nov 25, 2022 : Alison Young
Nemo Disco 30 Degree Sleeping Bag Review

Nemo Disco 30 Degree Sleeping Bag Review

Until this year, I hadn't slept in anything other than a Feathered Friends or Western Mountaineering bag since about 2014. I know those bags. I trust those bags. Why mess...

Nov 22, 2022 : Anne K. Baker
Sea to Summit Ascent 25°F Down Sleeping Bag Review

Sea to Summit Ascent 25°F Down Sleeping Bag Review

Lately, I've really been enjoying pairing the Sea to Summit Ascent down sleeping bag with a foam pad, especially when cowboy camping. Depending on what kind of hike we're talking...

Nov 16, 2022 : J. Taylor Bell
LightHeart Gear Solo Sil-Nylon Tent Review

LightHeart Gear Solo Sil-Nylon Tent Review

The search for the perfect lightweight solo long-distance hiking shelter is, it seems, neverending. It's tricky to strike a balance between weight, durability, ease of assembly (I have seen some

Nov 14, 2022 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Topo Athletic Pursuit Trail Shoe Review

Topo Athletic Pursuit Trail Shoe Review

I began my thru-hiking career (Colorado Trail, 2015) in Hoka’s Mafate Speed trail runners, which were extra cushy, incredibly tough, and astonishingly lightweight. Alas, some 861 miles into my 2016

Nov 9, 2022 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
BioLite HeadLamp 325 Review

BioLite HeadLamp 325 Review

I’m sometimes asked what my “favorite” piece of gear is for long-distance hiking. Usually, people are surprised when I tell them it's the BioLite 200 lightweight, USB-rechargeable headlamp. Ever

Nov 8, 2022 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gossamer Gear Kumo 36L Superlight Backpack Review: Vaporwave Edition

Gossamer Gear Kumo 36L Superlight Backpack Review: Vaporwave Edition

At a blisteringly austere 14.6-ounce base, the Gossamer Gear Kumo is a bare-bones backpack that doesn't actually have any bones (it's frameless). It offers everything a long-distance hiker could need

Nov 3, 2022 : J. Taylor Bell
LightHeart Gear FireFly 1-Person Trekking Pole Tent Review

LightHeart Gear FireFly 1-Person Trekking Pole Tent Review

At its core, the newest version of the LightHeart Gear FireFly tent trades simplicity for space. It requires a few extra pieces, as well as a few extra steps in...

Oct 26, 2022 : J. Taylor Bell