Gear Reviews

PROBAR Backpacking Meal Bars

PROBAR Meal Bars - I like them so much I buy them by the box

PROBARS are excellent tasting and nutrition-packed way to snack on hiking and backpacking trips. I’ve been eating them for years and they’re a staple in my food bag. Made with 100% organic, certified NON-GMO ingredients like whole grains, nuts, and dried fruit, PROBARS …

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Hikers and Nature by Ron Strickland

Hannegan Pass

How should hikers, experienced or otherwise, think about Nature? My own thoughts have evolved in ways that I never expected. Back when I was a teenager I fell under the spell of a seductress named Wilderness. Her allure was originally defined for …

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Thermoball Synthetic Insulation vs Goose Down

Thermoball Primaloft Synthetic Insulation

Thermoball is a new form of Primaloft synthetic insulation designed to mimic the insulating properties and compressibility of goose down while providing a lower cost alternative to down coats and jackets. Co-developed for The North Face’s new line of insulated jackets, Primaloft …

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Osprey Kestrel 28 Daypack Review

Osprey Kestrel 28 - Front

The Osprey Kestrel 28 daypack is ideally sized for multi-sport activities including day hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. It has ample internal and external storage providing great flexibility and an adjustable frame, making it ideal for newer hikers who don’t have …

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