Philip Werner

Philip Werner quit his corporate job in 2010 to become a full-time hiker, guide, and outdoor writer. Since then he's hiked over nine thousand miles, become an adept fly fisherman, XC skier, and written over 3000 backpacking and hiking articles for SectionHiker.com.

REI Minimalist GTX Mittens 2.0 Review

REI Minimalist GTX Mittens 2.0

REI’s Minimalist GTX Mittens 2.0 are 3-layer Gore-tex mitten shells that are ideal for use as rain mittens by themselves in cool weather or over a fleece or wool glove liner in winter. They have long gauntlets that cover your wrists, with …

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Outdoor Research Helium Gaiters Review

Outdoor Research Helium Gaiters Review

OR’s Helium Gaiters are high hiking gaiters that are suitable for four-season use with any footwear that has an arched sole. They’re much thinner, cooler, and lighter weight than heavier-duty mountaineering gaiters (such as OR’s Crocodile Gaiters) but still perfectly suitable for …

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Sleeping Pad R-Value Standard FAQ: ASTM FF3340

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The Sleeping Pad R-Value Standard The Sleeping Pad R-Value Industry Standard: ASTM FF3340, defines a rigorous and reliable methodology for measuring the R-Value of all sleeping pads, including air mattresses, self-inflating pads, and foam pads. It was rolled out to consumers in …

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Featherstone Moondance 25 Quilt Review

Featherstone Moondance 25 Top Quilt Review

The Featherstone Moondance 25 is an off-the-shelf 850 fill power down-insulated backpacking quilt with a zippered/drawstring footbox, draft collar, and pad attachment system that’s affordably priced and available for purchase on Amazon. It has a box baffled construction used by higher quality quilts …

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Dutchware Winter Sock Review

The-Dutchware-Winter Sock Review

The Dutchware Argon Vented Winter Sock is a large sleeve that wraps around your hammock and underquilt and blocks the wind. If you plan to hammock in cool weather, say 40 degrees or less, it really pays to add a overcover and …

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Grazing on Winter Hiking Food

Grazing on Winter Hiking Food

Winter hiking burns a lot more calories than hiking the rest of the year because your body has to work harder to stay warm in the cold; you have to wear more clothing layers and heavier insulated boots; you need to carry …

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