Reviews

Gear Review: Northern Ultralight Sundown

Gear Review: Northern Ultralight Sundown

The Northern Ultralight Sundown is built for ultralight thru-hiking. It has a simple roll-top design that’s made to withstand the elements of the trail. One of a very few Canadian...

Oct 30, 2019 : Effie Drew
Gear Review: Xero Shoes Xcursion

Gear Review: Xero Shoes Xcursion

Xero Shoes have been around for nearly a decade, but the past few years have seen the brand really take off in terms of visibility. Started by sprinter Steven Sashen...

Oct 28, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Haven NetTent and Tarp

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Haven NetTent and Tarp

I recently got a chance to try out a shiny new toy: the two-person Haven NetTent and Tarp combo by Six Moon Designs. It’s a double-walled, non-freestanding shelter that features...

Oct 7, 2019 : Kelly Floro
Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Uberlite

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Uberlite

As any distance trekker can tell you, the post-trail blues are a very real thing. In the months following previous long-distance trips, I've deeply missed the community of hikers, the...

Sep 30, 2019 : Anne K. Baker
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker

I've been using my beloved REI Quarter Dome 1 tent for all my backpacking needs—some 4,000 miles of hiking—since I bought it in 2015. It's elegantly designed, easy to pitch,...

Sep 30, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: Hoka One One EVO Mafate 2

Gear Review: Hoka One One EVO Mafate 2

Designed for rugged trails and long days, the Hoka One One EVO Mafate 2 was designed with long-distance hikers and runners in mind. The shoe utilizes lightweight and secure materials...

Sep 23, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
Gear Review: Gregory Maya 22 Women’s Daypack

Gear Review: Gregory Maya 22 Women’s Daypack

As a stubborn minimalist, I’m often caught outside with gear that is barely working for its intended purpose. This is especially true when it comes to packs.  Resort skiing? No...

Sep 23, 2019 : Dawn Brintnall
Gear Review: Altra Superior 4

Gear Review: Altra Superior 4

Weighing in at around one pound per pair, the Altra Superior 4 is a lean, mean trail running shoe. But how does it perform for lightweight backpacking? This is what I...

Sep 23, 2019 : Dan Stenziano
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Deschutes Tarp

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Deschutes Tarp

For thru-hikers and backpackers looking for a simple ultralight shelter, the Deschutes Solo Tarp is a reliable and affordable choice. It’s not flashy, but it’s a shelter for anyone who...

Sep 20, 2019 : Effie Drew
Gear Review: Outdoor Research Wayward II Sun Shirt

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Wayward II Sun Shirt

While the Wayward II doesn't blow me away in any one category, it’s overall performance balanced many features that are important on a long-distance adventure - breathability, temperature-regulation, coverage, comfort...

Sep 20, 2019 : Effie Drew