gear review

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Deschutes Tarp

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Deschutes Tarp

For thru-hikers and backpackers looking for a simple ultralight shelter, the Deschutes Solo Tarp is a reliable and affordable choice. It’s not flashy, but it’s a shelter for anyone who...

Sep 20, 2019 : Effie Drew
Gear Review: Outdoor Research Wayward II Sun Shirt

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Wayward II Sun Shirt

While the Wayward II doesn't blow me away in any one category, it’s overall performance balanced many features that are important on a long-distance adventure - breathability, temperature-regulation, coverage, comfort...

Sep 20, 2019 : Effie Drew
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: Enlightened Equipment Enigma Quilt

Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Enigma Quilt

The Enlightened Equipment Enigma is a popular ultralight quilt with backpackers, thru-hikers, and other weight-conscious adventurers. The Enigma has a simple, but carefully crafted design, with a

Jul 18, 2019 : Effie Drew
What Worked, What Didn’t on My Trek to Maine

What Worked, What Didn’t on My Trek to Maine

Hey folks! A lot of time was spent deciding what to carry as I walked from Georgia to Maine. So I thought I'd briefly try to let you know how...

Mar 19, 2019 : Christopher Keys
The End of My Walk Has Been Hard to Sum Up

The End of My Walk Has Been Hard to Sum Up

Hey all, It has been a long time since my last post. Good thing this isn't my job, cause I would have missed a few deadlines. I had a feeling...

Mar 7, 2019 : Christopher Keys
Maximal Miles in Minimal Footwear: My AT Thru-Hike in Barefoot Shoes

Maximal Miles in Minimal Footwear: My AT Thru-Hike in Barefoot Shoes

Over 2,190 miles of coiled roots, sharp rocks, loose gravel, thick mud, slick leaves, snow past my knees, sheets of ice, wobbly wooden boards, river fords, and seemingly never-ending climbs...

Dec 20, 2018 : Kelsy Filler
A Guide to Plus-Size Gear and Clothing for Backpacking

A Guide to Plus-Size Gear and Clothing for Backpacking

If you're anything like me (and the fact that you're reading this tells me you are), then you have had a hard time finding proper gear for backpacking and hiking. When...

Nov 21, 2018 : Ashley Manning
Post-Appalachian Trail Gear List: My Life in 36L

Post-Appalachian Trail Gear List: My Life in 36L

2,190.9 miles, six months, nine pounds, 36 liters, and now we're here. You guys know that I had a blast falling into the gear vortex and putting together my original...

Oct 25, 2018 : Kelsy Filler
Baggies: The Only Pair of Hiking Shorts You Need

Baggies: The Only Pair of Hiking Shorts You Need

This is a gear review of and love letter to my Patagonia Baggies shorts. They are the best and only pair of hiking shorts that I (or you) ever need to own.    In...

Feb 14, 2018 : Laura Johnston