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Big Agnes Third Pitch Hooded Down Jacket

Big Agnes Third Pitch Hooded Down Jacket Review

Big Agnes has emerged as a leading manufacturer of down jackets over the past two years, bringing their know-how with down insulation, hood design, and lightweight fabrics to the challenge of designing high performance insulated apparel for front-country and backcountry use. Big Agnes’ newest down jacket, the Third Pitch Hooded DownTek Jacket, is an ultralight marvel that is […]

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Dressed like a pirate - in the Sierra Designs Better Vest

Sierra Designs DriDown Better Vest

The Sierra Designs DriDown Better Vest is a 7.3 ounce down vest (size men’s XL) that has short sleeves to eliminate the body heat that is bellowed out of vests with traditional arm holes. Insulated with 800 fill power DriDown, the Better Vest has stretch fabric panels running down its sides and under the arms so that […]

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Rigged for some heavy-duty cool weather bushwhacking on Wolf Cub Mountain wearing my Railriders Bushwhacker Weatherpants

RailRiders Bushwhacker Weatherpants Review

I’ve been hiking and backpacking in RailRider’s pants and shirts since 2008 because they’re comfortable, synthetic so they dry quickly, and they’re treated with Insect Shield which helps protects me from Lyme Disease. Insect Shield is a commercial treatment that uses Permethrin, an insecticide that kills ticks, mosquitos, and other insects that have the misfortune […]

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Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket, RailRiders EcoMesh Pants, La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Shoes

SectionHiker’s Top Hiking and Backpacking Gear Picks

A number of you asked me to publish my top hiking and backpacking gear picks, so I’ve pulled together a list of my favorite gear. I’ve been using most of it for years and it’s the kind of stuff I’ll replace when it wears out. While a lot of the gear listed below is ultralight or […]

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Time for Blaze Orange. It’s Deere Hunting Season

You can probably guess what I’m going to say. It’s DEERE season again and you should wear blaze orange if you plan to hike in areas where hunters (or heavy equipment operators guarding their backhoes) are likely to be present. Blaze Orange Clothing for Hikers It’s surprisingly difficult to find good (not cotton) blaze orange hiking […]

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Sea-to-Summit Head net with Insect Shield

Sea-to-Summit Head Net with Insect Shield

I wear a Sea-to-Summit Head Net with Insect Shield when I hike and backpack during bug season. When coupled with a wide-brimmed hat like my OR Sentinel Brim, wearing a head net is far more comfortable and effective than coating my ears, head, chest and shoulders with DEET insect repellent. I’ve tried several head nets over […]

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