Reviews

Gear Review: Gossamer Gear Silverback 50

Gear Review: Gossamer Gear Silverback 50

Gossamer Gear has been a prominent brand in ultralight backpacking for almost 20 years. They have a reputation for simple, lightweight, high-functioning gear. I used the Silverback 50 on my...

Apr 19, 2018 : Pie
Gear Review: Osprey Levity 60L

Gear Review: Osprey Levity 60L

Basic Specs Lumina 45L MSRP: $250 Weight: 1 pound, 12.2 oz Load Range: 5-25 Pounds Overview Osprey’s latest offering is a lighter re-imagining of their popular Exos pack series.

Apr 18, 2018 : Domonick Zanarini
Gear Review: Gregory Octal 45

Gear Review: Gregory Octal 45

men's Optic, and both are available with a Each year, more brands are catching on as long-distance hikers opt for slimmed-down packs. Gregory has been known for Osprey's Exos, finding...

Apr 16, 2018 : Maggie Slepian
Gear Review: Patagonia Airshed Pullover

Gear Review: Patagonia Airshed Pullover

Houdini Jacket. Overview Nano-Air Jacket, and stuffs into its own zippered chest pocket. It sheds light rain without a problem, and I feel confident taking it as a protective layer where...

Mar 29, 2018 : Maggie Slepian
Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Revelation 10-Degree Quilt

Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Revelation 10-Degree Quilt

I thru-hiked the AT with a mummy bag, but I noticed the most weight-conscious hikers carrying ultralight quilts. Quilts weren't as common during the dark ages of 2015, but our...

Mar 26, 2018 : Maggie Slepian
Gear Review: Osprey Lumina 60L

Gear Review: Osprey Lumina 60L

45L volume, and the men's Ariel 65, and that was the right bag for me for that hike. I've paired down my gear since then, and when I had hiked...

Mar 25, 2018 : Amy
Gear Review: NEMO Dagger Two-Person Tent

Gear Review: NEMO Dagger Two-Person Tent

Mar 17, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer
Gear Review: Osprey’s Updated Exos 58 Backpack

Gear Review: Osprey’s Updated Exos 58 Backpack

The Trek’s 2017 AT thru-hiker survey listed it as the most popular pack. Last week, I presented a program at the Adventure Summit in Dayton. The featured speaker, Dale “Grey...

Feb 22, 2018 : Jim Rahtz
Gear Review: Osprey Eja Women’s Backpack

Gear Review: Osprey Eja Women’s Backpack

Ladies rejoice!  One of the most popular thru-hiking backpacks is now available in a female-specific version.  I used the unisex Osprey Exos on our AT thru-hike, and my husband Paul...

Feb 15, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Gear Review: Bedrock Cairn 3Ds

Gear Review: Bedrock Cairn 3Ds

Bedrock is on the forefront of something spectacular with the development of the Cairn 3Ds. These new sandals are going to be available for sale beginning March 1st, 2018, and...

Feb 13, 2018 : Mary Beth Skylis