Reviews

Gear Review: REI Co-Op Essential Rain Jacket

Gear Review: REI Co-Op Essential Rain Jacket

Circumstances of Review I have used this jacket during both rainy walks in Philadelphia, and wet early-fall hikes in the Pennsylvania woods. We've had rain almost every day during the...

Oct 3, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
Food Review: Packit Gourmet Homemade Backpacking Meals

Food Review: Packit Gourmet Homemade Backpacking Meals

Packit Gourmet started as a way to feed Debbie and Jeff Mullins's family during outdoor adventures. They then turned their backcountry culinary skills into a family-owned and operated business. They

Sep 21, 2018 : Samantha Olthof
Gear Review: Gossamer Gear Gorilla 40 Backpack

Gear Review: Gossamer Gear Gorilla 40 Backpack

The Gossamer Gear Gorilla 40 ultralight backpack is best used for multiday hikes or thru-hikes. Experienced hikers who have a handle on their base weight will enjoy the Gorilla while...

Sep 11, 2018 : Chris Guynn
Gear Review: Oboz Campster Sandal

Gear Review: Oboz Campster Sandal

I'm surprised no one had ramped up the outdoors cred of the omnipresent foam clogs until now, but I'm glad Oboz jumped on it. This Montana-based company has crushed it...

Aug 13, 2018 : Maggie Slepian
Food Review: TrailFork Backcountry Meals

Food Review: TrailFork Backcountry Meals

Hikers all know that one of the keys to a successful backcountry adventure is the food. It is also one of the main challenges. It can be hard to get...

Aug 11, 2018 : Jessica Tinios
Gear Review: Sierra Designs Nitro Dridown 800 Sleeping Bag

Gear Review: Sierra Designs Nitro Dridown 800 Sleeping Bag

Coming in at a reasonable pricepoint for a weight of less than 1.5 pounds, the Ever since last summer, when I slept out nearly every night in muggy 70-ish degree...

Aug 7, 2018 : Jessica Tinios
Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider 3400

Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider 3400

You'll be hard pressed to trek too far on the Appalachian Trail or Pacific Crest Trail without running into someone using a Hyperlite Mountain Gear's Windrider 3400 is an ultralight...

Jul 28, 2018 : Anne K. Baker
Best Gear from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2018

Best Gear from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2018

Each year (sometimes twice a year if we're feeling froggy) The Trek hits up Outdoor Retailer, the industry's largest trade show. This semiannual event showcases new gear, major industry players,

Jul 26, 2018 : The Editors
Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest Space Cowboy Sleeping Bag 45-Degree

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest Space Cowboy Sleeping Bag 45-Degree

Ready for a cozy night on the Colorado Trail! I was really excited when I first read the specs on this bag. I've been in the market for a lightweight...

Jul 16, 2018 : Stacia Bennett
Apparel Review: Adira Activewear Leggings and Skort

Apparel Review: Adira Activewear Leggings and Skort

Over the course of a couple of decades as a runner, hiker, and general lover of the outdoors, I’ve tried the gamut of women’s athletic wear, or athleisure as it’s...

Jun 28, 2018 : Katie Gerber