Gear Reviews

Camelbak Hydrolock

CamelBak Hydrolock Valve

  I am not a fan of Camelbak hydration reservoirs, but I love their locking valves. So much, that I tear off the wimpy mouthpiece that comes with the Platypus hydration reservoir drinking system and add a Camelbak hydrolock valve to it. …

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Patagonia R1 Hoody

The Patagonia R1 Hoody fleece pullover is a great mid-layer sweater for use in combination with waterproof shell better for winter hiking and mountaineering. Why this obsession with thermo-regulation? It’s simple really. Being too warm accelerates dehydration and chilling/hypothermia from perspiration. This …

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Equinox Marsupial Pouches

Equinox Marsupial Pouches

I bring an Equinox Ultralite Marsupial Pouch on every backpacking or day hike I go on. The Marsupial is a small silnylon stuff sack with a plastic clip on one corner. I use it to store the little things that I can’t …

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Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampon

Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampons

If you want to go winter hiking but don’t own a pair of specialized mountaineering boots and you want more traction than  microspikes, you should consider getting a pair of strap-on crampons. I own Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampons that fit onto …

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Yaktrax Walkers

Yaktrax are a traction device that you can attach to your shoes to prevent slipping on ice and snow. They are made using an elastic mesh that wraps around the sole of hiking boots, trail runners, or even dress shoes. Wire is …

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Scarp 1 Tarptent Review

Early Model of Scarp 1 from 2009

The Tarptent Scarp 1 is a spacious double-walled tent with two doors and two vestibules. It’s a very strong tent that’s able to withstand challenging three-season and four-season weather conditions without any compromises on livability. Rain Performance The performance of a shelter …

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