Reviews

Gear Review: MSR Freelite 2 Tent

Gear Review: MSR Freelite 2 Tent

MSR is a popular outdoor gear equipment manufacturer, known for their stoves and tents. The Freelite 2 is a dual access, lightweight, semi-freestanding tent. For ultralighters, it can be used...

Sep 16, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Gear Review: Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2

Gear Review: Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2

A combination of low weight, decent interior space, and a fast pitch holds the Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 as one of the most popular backpacking tents for thru-hikers (in...

Sep 11, 2019 : Scott Durkin
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Haven Two-Person Shelter

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Haven Two-Person Shelter

In the course of my hiking career I've used three different tents: a low-priced, two-person freestanding model (roomy and easy to set up, but heavy); a cramped single (nickname: "The...

Sep 9, 2019 : Ken Nail
Gear Review: Sea to Summit’s Ultralight Air Vs. Women’s Ultralight Insulated Air Sleeping Mats

Gear Review: Sea to Summit’s Ultralight Air Vs. Women’s Ultralight Insulated Air Sleeping Mats

Battle of the sleep mats! I put two of Sea to Summit's sleep mats to the test on Canada's Great Divide Trail, starting with the Ultralight Air mat for the...

Aug 26, 2019 : Lisa Howatt
Gear Review: Women’s Altra Superior 4.0

Gear Review: Women’s Altra Superior 4.0

The most important piece of gear for long-distance hikers is also one of the most personal - our shoes. One of the preferred brands of the thru-hiker community is Altra,...

Aug 21, 2019 : Lisa Pulsifer
Gear Review: Sea to Summit Ember II 30 Down Quilt

Gear Review: Sea to Summit Ember II 30 Down Quilt

Backpacking quilts have gained  in popularity in recent years, largely driven by weight-conscious backpackers looking to trim weight from their sleep system. Properly used, a quilt can keep you just

Aug 20, 2019 : Megan McGowan
Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 NorthRim

Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 NorthRim

The NorthRim is Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s most durable multiday backpack, meant for adventures on-trail and off. The design is similar to HMG’s Windrider and Southwest packs, but the use of

Aug 19, 2019 : Liz Snyder
Gear Review: Sierra Designs Nitro Quilt 800 (35 Degree)

Gear Review: Sierra Designs Nitro Quilt 800 (35 Degree)

Thinking about switching to a quilt but not totally ready to let your mummy bag go? Let me introduce you to the Sierra Designs Nitro Quilt 800. By combining the best...

Aug 19, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout

Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout has been my go-to tent for a summer of adventures. This single-person tent is a fantastic option for new long-distance hikers who want to count...

Aug 15, 2019 : Lisa Pulsifer
Gear Review: Altra Timp 1.5

Gear Review: Altra Timp 1.5

In just a few short years, Logan, Utah-based Altra Running shoes has taken the American long-distance hiking world by storm. I had never heard of the company until my first...

Aug 15, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans