Gear Reviews

Silky Saw’s BIGBOY Folding Saw Review

The Silky Bigboy cuts through dead wood like butter.

Silky saws are an amazingly versatile tool for a backpacker or camper to carry in woodland terrain, both for trail maintenance and for cutting firewood. After experimenting this winter with the smaller Silk GOMBOY, which is quite lightweight and suitable for backpacking, …

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Outdoor Research Foray Jacket Review

Outdoor Reserch Foray Jacket Review

My winter shell is the Outdoor Research Foray Jacket because I prefer wearing jackets with pit zips. Outdoor Research is one of the few companies that put pit zips on jackets made out of breathable fabrics – something I really respect about the …

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REI Quarter Dome 2 Tent Review

REI Quarter Dome Tent Review

The REI Quarter Dome 2 Person Tent is a lightweight backpacking tent with two doors that weighs 3 pounds 4.4 ounces. Newly redesigned, the Quarter Dome 2 sports a number of desirable features including much-enlarged side vestibules, more vertical walls, and higher …

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REI Magma Trail Quilt 30 Review

REI Magma Trail Quilt 30 Review

The REI Magma Trail Quilt 30 is a lightweight alternative to a mummy sleeping bag, weighing just 19 oz. It’s insulated with 850 fill power goose down and rated for temperatures down to 30 degrees. The Magma Trail Quilt 30 saves weight …

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Gregory Zulu 55 Backpack Review

Gregory Zulu 55 Backpack Review

The Gregory Zulu 55 is a ventilated, adjustable frame backpack that’s loaded with features but still fairly light, weighing in at 3 lbs 10 oz. While the Zulu and its female sibling, the Gregory Jade 53, have been on the market for many …

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Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody Review

Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody

The Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody is a highly breathable softshell jacket that excels as a wind shirt and protective garment against light precipitation. Ideally suited for cold-weather pursuits, it provides excellent breathability without the weight of a heavier technical shell. Made …

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