gear review

First Impressions on our Gear

First Impressions on our Gear

Last week butterfly and I got out for another weekend adventure to Cougar Reservoir in Oregon.  unfortunately, we did not go on any long hikes, yet got to relax by...

Jul 4, 2017 : Patrick Donahue
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
Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear AC Long Sleeve Men’s Henley

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear AC Long Sleeve Men’s Henley

(Disclaimer: This item was donated for the purposes of reviewing.) Basic Specs Name: Mountain Hardwear AC Henley (Men's) Material: A super light poly-blend grid vent Features: Three-button

Apr 29, 2017 : Chuck McKeever
Gear Review: Osprey Ariel 65L

Gear Review: Osprey Ariel 65L

Osprey Ariel 65L Backpack Images from Osprey Description: The Osprey Ariel 65L pack is for the adventure ladies taking on alpine terrain and carrying heavy loads. In addition, the pack...

Apr 25, 2017 : Danielle
Book Review: Andrew Skurka’s Gear Guide: Second Edition

Book Review: Andrew Skurka’s Gear Guide: Second Edition

In a world where every budding long distance hiker has their own social media channel soliciting "expert" backpacking and gear advice, Andrew Skurka's Gear Guide presents expertly organized and credibly...

Apr 8, 2017 : Caet Cash
Gear Review: Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody

Gear Review: Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody

Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody Images from Patagonia   MSRP: $299 Description: The Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody features a 100% nylon ripstop shell with a DWR finish, allowing for breathability and

Mar 20, 2017 : Danielle
Gear Review: ZPacks Arc Blast UL Backpack

Gear Review: ZPacks Arc Blast UL Backpack

When someone says the name ZPacks people either know how awesome they are, or they have never heard of them.  If you don't know about ZPacks, I'm going to tell...

Mar 8, 2017 : Dylan Tonkin
L.L. Bean Stowaway Day Pack

L.L. Bean Stowaway Day Pack

Disclosure: L.L. Bean donated this item for review purposes, but this review presents an honest representation of my experience using this gear. This summer, as I began to tackle the...

Dec 11, 2016 : Kate Waite
Gear Review: Vasque Inhaler II GTX

Gear Review: Vasque Inhaler II GTX

A good shoe can make or break your hike, especially with feet like mine. Blister-prone with frequent in-grown toenails and a tendency towards severe heel pain, my feet were not...

Nov 1, 2016 : High Five
Gear Review: Montbell Plasma 1000 Down Vest

Gear Review: Montbell Plasma 1000 Down Vest

Many thru-hike gear lists don't include a vest, but maybe they should. I tested out the Montbell Plasma 1000 Down Vest in 45-70 deg F Colorado during October, which involves...

Oct 21, 2016 : James Cape