Gear Reviews

Exped Air Pillow Review

Exped Air Pillow in my Bivy Sack

I am a side sleeper, but I sometimes have a hard time staying asleep all night on backpacking trips because I don’t have a pillow to cradle my head and prevent me from rolling onto my back. Lately, I’ve been bringing an …

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Deuter Guide 45+ Backpack Review

The Deuter Guide 45+ alpine-style backpack is an extremely flexible and rugged backpack for a wide variety of winter adventures. Although mid-size in capacity (2750 cubic inches / 45 + 10 liters), this pack really shines for multi-sport activities like mountaineering, backcountry …

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Helly Hansen DRY Baselayers

HH Dry Stripe Crew - White Mountains, New Hampshire

I’ve been wearing and testing a Helly Hansen’s Dry Stripe Crew and Dry Fly Pant baselayers for the past 9 months, a major departure from the Patagonia Capilene 1 baselayers I’ve used for the past several years. You’re probably wondering why I’d undertake …

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Gossamer Gear Kumo Superlight Backpack

Gossamer Gear Kumo Backpack above Treeline

Gossamer Gear introduced an entirely new backpack this year called the Kumo 36 Superlight backpack, which I’ve fallen head over heels in love with and use as a day hiking backpack. Weighing just 14.6 ounces (or 16.6 ounces including a SitLight foam …

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Evernew Titanium Pot 1.3L Review

Evernew Titanium Pot

Ultralight Titanium Camping Pots I use an Evernew Titanium Pot (1.3 L) for melting snow for winter hiking and camping. It only weighs 4.8 oz, which is pretty respectable for a winter cook pot. It’s a little larger than the 900 ml …

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Terra Rosa Tyvek Wandering Tarp

Terra Rosa Tyvek Wandering Tarp

I’ve been having  lot of fun lately discovering affordable lightweight backpacking products that won’t break the bank. Here’s another fantastic find from Australian Terra Rosa Gear, called the Wandering Tarp (8.3 ounces in Tyvek), which is priced at $50 AUD ($52 USD) …

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