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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HikeGoo Blister Prevention Cream

HikeGoo Logo

HikeGoo has proven to be highly effective in preventing blisters and calluses for hikers using a wax-based lubricant that prevents blisters and protects your feet from moisture. Rick and Carl, the founders of Foot Kinetics, developed HikeGoo after trying almost every other …

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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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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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