Gear Reviews

Outdoor Research Echo Hoodie Review

The Outdoor Research Echo Hoodie is a lightweight breathable hoodie with a UPF of 15 which provides a moderate level of sun protection. It’s intended for use in hot weather during high-exertion activities such as hiking and trail running. While it has …

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Durston Gear Kakwa 40 Backpack Review

Durston Gear Kakwa 40 Backpack Review

The Durston Gear Kakwa 40 Backpack is an ultralight, internal frame pack that weighs well under 2 pounds with a total volume of 55L including 40 liters in its main compartment plus 15 liters of additional external storage. It provides excellent weight …

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REI Trail 40 Backpack Review

REI Trail 40 Backpack Review

The REI Trail 40 Backpack is a multi-purpose backpack that can be used for long day hikes, peakbagging, travel, or short overnight trips. It’s an internal frame pack with a U-shaped zipper that provides complete access to the main compartment when unzipped, …

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Yaktrax Summit Winter Traction System Review

Yaktrax Summits - a grey rubber harness attaches the spikes to your footwear

The Yaktrax Summit is a burly winter traction system that’s in the same league as Kahtoola’s Microspikes and Hillsound’s Trail Crampons. Compatible with soft-soled winter boots and hiking shoes, the Summits have 12 triangular spikes that attach to the underside of your footwear …

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Mountainsmith Zerk 40 Backpack Review

Mountainsmith Zerk 40 Backpack Review

The Mountainsmith Zerk 40 is a multi-purpose backpack with vest-style shoulder straps that can be used for backpacking, thru-hiking, or long day hikes. I hesitate to call it a fast-pack because its utility extends far beyond that narrow style of use. Weighing …

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REI Trailmade 60 Backpack Review

REI Trailmade 60 Backpack Revie

The REI Trailmade 60 is a high quality affordable and lightweight multi-day backpack that’s great for beginner backpacking or backpackers on a budget. Priced at just $149, it is a best buy with an adjustable length torso so you get a perfect …

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SlingFin CrossBow 2 Tent Review

SlingFin CrossBow 2 Tent Review

The SlingFin CrossBow 2 Four-Season Tent sports an impressive balance of light weight, durability, and overall sturdiness. It’s made for winter adventures, alpine climbing, and backcountry ski touring, but is also marketed as a sort of quiver-killer. It’s light enough for 3-season …

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Rab Borealis Jacket Review

Rab Borealis Carter Dome Full

The Rab Borealis Jacket is a lightweight windproof softshell jacket that’s great for winter hiking but lightweight enough that it can be used year-round.  It has an under the helmet hood, a full length zipper, and two zippered Napoleon chest pockets that …

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