Reviews

Merrell MQM Flex 2 GTX Hiking Shoe Review

Merrell MQM Flex 2 GTX Hiking Shoe Review

Merrell is no stranger to the outdoors, having produced highly-acclaimed hiking shoes and boots for many decades. In recent years, hiking footwear has trended toward trail runners, and Merrell has

Nov 19, 2020 : Brandon Chase
Topo Athletic Ultraventure Pro Trail Shoe Review

Topo Athletic Ultraventure Pro Trail Shoe Review

Hikers of a certain age will recall the famous meme from Charles Schulz’ Peanuts cartoons, in which the incorrigible Lucy sweetly entices the hapless Charlie Brown, year after year, into...

Nov 16, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad Review

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad Review

The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite has long been a favorite among thru-hikers on the country's Triple Crown trails. It packs small, weighs about 12 ounces—closer to 15 ounces when the stuff...

Nov 16, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Atom Packs The Mo 50L Pack Review

Atom Packs The Mo 50L Pack Review

Joal and I have struggled to find gear made in the UK for the thru-hiking community so we were super excited when a friend recommended we check out Atom Packs,...

Nov 11, 2020 : Joal and Jenny
Gossamer Gear The Two Ultralight Tent Review

Gossamer Gear The Two Ultralight Tent Review

I will probably be forever lamenting the fact that I carried a five-pound tent on the JMT. Though I didn't have much money to spend before the trip, if I...

Nov 2, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Outdoor Research Trail Mix Cowl Pullover Review

Outdoor Research Trail Mix Cowl Pullover Review

I'm about to experience my first "real" winter. As a California transplant now happily living in Salt Lake City, I'm counting on fleece to get me through anticipated rough times....

Oct 30, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Grayl Geopress and Ultralight Compact Water Filters Review

Grayl Geopress and Ultralight Compact Water Filters Review

Having a solid water filtration system can make or break your next backpacking trip. Pack an easy and reliable filter, and you’ll stay hydrated and safe from harmful bacteria throughout...

Oct 29, 2020 : Colleen Goldhorn
Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket and Pants Review

Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket and Pants Review

During my first long-distance hike (not counting Boy Scout 50-milers and a trek around the Annapurna massif in Nepal many moons ago), I was furious when my rain jacket failed...

Oct 28, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
NordicTrack Commercial 2950 Treadmill + iFit Review

NordicTrack Commercial 2950 Treadmill + iFit Review

For much of the last decade, a disproportionate amount of my off-season cardio has taken place on a treadmill.  No one, and I truly mean not a single soul that...

Oct 22, 2020 : Zach
Greenbelly Meals Ultimate Nutrition Bars Review

Greenbelly Meals Ultimate Nutrition Bars Review

My old backcountry morning routine: roll out of my tent, choke down a chalky protein bar, throw my pack together and shuffle onto the trail. Or, waste precious cool morning...

Oct 21, 2020 : Katie Kommer