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Best Gaiters for Hiking and Backpacking

What are the best gaiters for hiking? It depends on the conditions you hike in. High gaiters are used in winter to keep your socks dry while low gaiters are used in warm weather to keep debris out of your boots and hiking shoes. High Gaiters High gaiters are used for snowshoeing and winter hiking […]

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Staying hydrated in winter takes extra effort

Pre-Hike Hydration: The Key to Staying Hydrated for Winter Hiking

Winter hikers and snowshoers often have difficulty staying properly hydrated in cold weather because winter hiking is physically more challenging and the physical act of drinking is more involved than simply sipping from a hydration hose, what with heavy winter gloves and insulated containers. I usually carry two or three liters of water on winter […]

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The Salomon Toundra Mid WP is a warm winter hiking boot insulated with Aerogel, the same insulation used by NASA to protect its Mars probes.

Salomon Toundra Mid WP Winter Hiking Boot Review

The Salomon Toundra Mid WP winter hiking boot is a lightweight boot that is perfect for hiking and snowshoeing in winter weather. Rated for -40 F, the Toundra Mid WP is insulated with Aerogel, an ultralight foam insulation that NASA developed to protect the Mars probes from extreme cold. Considered the most efficient insulation available today […]

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Frostbite Cartoon

Frozen Fingertips: A Case of 1st Degree Frostbite

My fingertips froze on a winter hike last February when I took off my gloves to adjust a pair of ski goggles and my hands came in contact with fresh snow. It was freezing out and the wind was blowing, the snow melted on my fingers and I guess my fingertips froze. It happened in a […]

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