backpacking gear

Gear Review: My Trail Co Backpack Light 50L

Gear Review: My Trail Co Backpack Light 50L

These days, thru hikers and weight conscious backpackers are spoiled for choice when it comes to lightweight backpacks on the market. With Ultralight Adventure Equipment (ULA), Mountain Laurel

May 29, 2017 : Andy Dischekenyan
My Sleeping System: I Am Satisfied With Its Performance

My Sleeping System: I Am Satisfied With Its Performance

I recently upgraded my sleeping system. It now consists of four main components: a sleeping bag, a stuff sack that serves as a pillow, a sleeping bag liner, and a...

May 10, 2017 : John Edward Harris
Do I Really Need All These Packs?

Do I Really Need All These Packs?

With so many diverse brands and styles of packs available, each designed for a different type of use, each appealing to various needs, wants, and fashion trends, it's no wonder...

Apr 27, 2017 : John Edward Harris
Use it, Wear it,  Understand it, Return it, Explore it

Use it, Wear it, Understand it, Return it, Explore it

Can you believe I'm at the three/ four week point of take off? Well, it also depends a lot on Mother Nature. The past few months have been filled with snowy hikes,...

Feb 13, 2017 : Elizabeth Connolly
Your Average Jane’s Gear Log

Your Average Jane’s Gear Log

Warning: there is mild profanity in this article, including a middle finger. It also features potato quality cell phone pictures, which I'm kinda sorry about too. Ok, who doesn't love...

Feb 11, 2017 : Tasia Kellogg
In Praise of Trekking Poles

In Praise of Trekking Poles

When I and my knees were years younger, I looked upon trekking poles as a toy of wealthy and wimpy hikers and backpackers, a status symbol suggesting that the person...

Dec 11, 2016 : John Edward Harris
Let’s Mini-Explode My PCT Backpack

Let’s Mini-Explode My PCT Backpack

My pack is weighing in at 12.5 pounds right now. I’m not sure whether this is the final edit. I still have 27 days to worry and fret over a...

Feb 22, 2016 : Amy Bee
Worth the Weight: 7 Things that Carry Themselves

Worth the Weight: 7 Things that Carry Themselves

A hiker can go mad trying to slim their gear list down to Ultralight. I'm here to proudly put stuff back on your back. To some, long distance hiking is...

Feb 4, 2016 : Stephen Eren
Gear Review: Icebreaker Terra Long Sleeve Half Zip Hood

Gear Review: Icebreaker Terra Long Sleeve Half Zip Hood

I knew one thing about Merino wool before testing Image Courtesy of Icebreaker Elevation rising from 2200 to 6000 feet atop North Carolina's wind swept balds. Temperature range from just

Jan 18, 2016 : Caet Cash
Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Women’s Micro Thermostatic Jacket

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Women’s Micro Thermostatic Jacket

Disclosure: The following product was donated for the purpose of review.  Mountain Hardwear Micro Thermostatic jacket. Although I usually use down because of how compressible and light it is, the

Nov 2, 2015 : Maggie Wallace