Latest Posts

Jetboil Flash Lite Personal Cooking System Review

Jetboil Flash Lite Canister Stove

The Jetboil FlashLite Personal Cook System is the lightest weight Jetboil cook system available today, weighing 12.3 ounces (10 oz. minimum). It’s basically the same as the 1.0 Jetboil Flash Personal Cook System but with a smaller volume and lighter weight 0.8L pot. Designed for non-winter use, it’s ideal for …

Read More »

Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing Gift Guide

Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing Gift Guide

Winter hiking and snowshoeing are great sports and provide a healthy way to get outdoors and experience the wilderness during the winter season. If you want to help encourage a friend or loved one to get out this winter and recharge in the great outdoors, here are some great gifts that …

Read More »

What is a Cottage Gear Manufacturer?

A cottage gear manufacturer is one that manufactures their own products, rather than outsourcing them to a contract manufacturer. In the backpacking industry companies like Mountain Laurel Designs, Tarptent, ULA, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Yama Mountain Gear, ZPacks, Elemental Horizons, and Superior Wilderness Designs design, fabricate or sew all of their …

Read More »

Elemental Horizons Kalais XT Backpack Review

The Kalais XT has huge side water bottle pockets that stick out like hamster cheeks.

Elemental Horizons is a well-regarded cottage backpack manufacturer based in North Carolina with a small but loyal customer following. They’ve recently added XPac fabric as a material option to their backpacks, including the adjustable frame Kalais XT reviewed here. XPac is an ultralight waterproof laminate like cuben fiber (now called Dyneema …

Read More »

Merrell Moab Polar 400 Gram Insulated Hiking Boots Review

The Merrill Moab Polar Insulated Winter Hiking Boot has 400g of insulation and is rated down to 20 below.

Merrell’s Moab Polar Winter Hiking Boots have 400 grams of insulation and a wide front toe box that has plenty of room for your toes to splay out. They’re sized more like a regular three-season hiking boot and just come up over the ankles, unlike many insulated winter hiking boots …

Read More »