One of the areas of the ultralight backpacking market that has long been underserved are lightweight (3-4 pound) durable backpacks for heavy loads exceeding 40 pounds and ranging up to 60, 70, or 80 pounds or more. Built using modern lightweight yet durable fabrics, with more streamlined UL-style designs, such packs would be ideal for backpackers, climbers, […]
Product reviews on backpacking gear.
Gear Aid’s Outdoor Sewing Kit is a great hiking and backpacking sewing kit if you already know how to sew. While it includes an “Expert Repair Guide”, McNett’s claim that “anybody is going to be able to make a sewing repair even if you’ve never picked up a needle” is patently false. I couldn’t repair […]
The NEMO Strato Loft 25 sleeping bag is about as close to sleeping on a twin bed as you can get in a car camping sleeping bag. Weighing 3 pounds and 4 ounces, the Strato Loft is too heavy for use as a backpacking sleeping bag, but it’s ideal for three-season car camping, especially for side […]
If you are looking for a spacious car camping tent that is easy to pitch, check out the Kelty Airlift 6, a spacious double-walled tent with a large front vestibule that can be pitched fully assembled, simply by pumping it up with air. Featuring a 60 square foot floorless vestibule and tall enough that you can […]
Early this year, I decided to collect gear recommendations from my readers, collate them, and start publishing an annual list of the gear that you use and recommend. I got tired of reading product reviews from magazines and other gear review sites that looked like they’d never used the gear they were recommending. So I decided it […]
As a side sleeper, I’ve struggled to sleep comfortably in mummy shaped sleeping bags for years. They’re usually too tight around the shoulders and legs for me to roll onto my side. So I was intrigued when I learned about NEMO’s new spoon-shaped sleeping bags which are wide in the shoulders and knees, making it easy to […]