Granite Gear backpacks are popular packs for long distance backpacking in the United States and are a common sight on the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trails. I really like Granite Gear’s packs because I think they strike an excellent balance between weight and function, many have adjustable frames, and because they’re quite affordable, which is a rare quality these days if […]
Product reviews on backpacking gear.
Before sleeping bags became popular, backpackers and campers used to sleep outdoors with wool blankets. Some still do. But for warm weather camping, there’s definitely something to be said for using a blanket filled with synthetic insulation rather than a more constrictive sleeping bag or liner. In addition to providing all the comforts of home, synthetic […]
I like reviewing backpacking gear, in part because it gives me an excellent excuse to go backpacking and day hiking a few days per week. But I’m very picky about the gear I review because it has to be useful for the objectives, route conditions, and weather that I expect to encounter on my trips, […]
If you’re a fly fisherman, John Gierach’s name will be a familiar one. The author of many fly fishing books including: All Fishermen are Liars Trout Bum No Shortage of Good Days Even Brook Trout Get the Blues Gierach’s amusing and witty narratives are full of hard-won fishing knowledge that is relevant for beginners and experts, […]
The Western Mountaineering Hooded Flash Jacket has been a constant favorite in my pack since 2010. It is a lightweight down jacket made for moderate temperatures where a high performance/low weight insulation layer is required. Western Mountaineering is a USA based company famed for their superb sleeping bags. As I have used this jacket now on […]