Reviews

Best Down Jackets for Backpacking of 2021

Best Down Jackets for Backpacking of 2021

Your insulating midlayer is a key component of your backpacking setup, and rarely is there a time when you should hit the trail without an insulation layer wedged in your...

Apr 7, 2021 : The Editors
Jack Wolfskin JWP Down Jacket Review

Jack Wolfskin JWP Down Jacket Review

I often find myself wondering how much lighter materials for outdoor gear can realistically get, short of the Perseverance rover discovering some previously unknown, light-as-air insulating element

Mar 31, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
The Best Backpacking Meals of 2021

The Best Backpacking Meals of 2021

Purely for the altruistic sake of this gear round-up, I've eaten a lot of delicious food this year. My already mammoth appetite is only exacerbated in the outdoors, and the...

Mar 25, 2021 : Katie Kommer
Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily Hoodie Review

Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily Hoodie Review

It has been a long, cold winter across most of the USA.  Except for the lucky ones of us living in ludicrously sunny San Diego, or maybe Florida, I think...

Mar 24, 2021 : Owen Eigenbrot
Six Moon Designs Rain Walker SUL Umbrella Review

Six Moon Designs Rain Walker SUL Umbrella Review

As I approach my April 7 Pacific Crest Trail start date, I’m still debating whether to bring an umbrella for sun protection. I bought a Six Moon Designs Silver Shadow...

Mar 23, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Kammok Arctos 20 Ultralight Down Trail Quilt Review

Kammok Arctos 20 Ultralight Down Trail Quilt Review

When I was given the opportunity to review Kammok’s new Arctos 20 Ultralight Down Trail Quilt, I had no idea what an incredibly versatile piece I was about to test...

Mar 17, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Patagonia Strider Pro Wind Pants Review

Patagonia Strider Pro Wind Pants Review

Your Big Three, footwear, resupply strategy, puffy jacket, rain jacket, water treatment, headlamp, map app, nail clippers, taxes.  What do all these things have in common?  They are more exciting...

Feb 23, 2021 : Owen Eigenbrot
The Best Backpacking Tents of 2021

The Best Backpacking Tents of 2021

Choosing a tent for your thru-hike is a big deal, but it's also probably the least stressful house shopping experience you'll have over the course of your lifetime. Enjoy it....

Feb 11, 2021 : The Editors
SPOT X Two-Way Satellite Messenger Review

SPOT X Two-Way Satellite Messenger Review

It's not your grandpa's Blackberry: The SPOT X Two-Way Satellite Messenger is a contender for one of the best personal GPS/communication devices on the market today. What sets the SPOT...

Feb 11, 2021 : Carl Stanfield
Outdoor Research Helium Down Jacket Review

Outdoor Research Helium Down Jacket Review

I recently added the Outdoor Research Helium Down Jacket to my winter apparel selection and it has quickly become my go-to for cold evenings in camp or around the backyard...

Jan 18, 2021 : Tucker Ballister