Gear Reviews

Wiggy’s Waders Review

Wiggy’s Waders Review

Wiggy’s is a cottage manufacturer that makes a variety of products ranging from cold weather sleeping bags to insulated outwear for the wilderness hunting/military market. Their claim to fame is insulation they call Lamilite, which is a popular synthetic insulation called Climashield …

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Patagonia R1 Air Full Zip Hoodie Review

Patagonia R1 Air Full Zip Hoodie Review

The Patagonia R1 Air Full Zip Hoodie is a surprisingly warm and breathable mid-layer fleece jacket that’s perfect for cold-weather hiking and backpacking. It has two zippered handwarmer pockets and a chest pocket, a snug-fitting under-the-helmet hood, and stretch wrist cuffs that …

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REI Magma 850 Down Hoodie Jacket Review

REI Magma 850 Hoodie Review

The REI Magma 850 Down Hoodie Jacket strikes an excellent balance between warmth, features, cost, and durability. Insulated with highly compressible premium goose down, it’s an ideal insulation layer for cold-weather camping and hiking when you need a warm jacket to enjoy …

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Backpacking with Ultralite Nalgene Bottles

Backpacking with Ultralite Wide-Mouth Nalgene Bottles

Ultralite Nalgene Bottles are 40% lighter weight than Transparent Nalgene Bottles which makes them a lot more attractive to use for backpacking. In the one-liter size, a wide-mouth Ultralite Nalgene, such as the one above, weighs 3.75 oz, while a transparent wide-mouth …

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REI XeroDry GTX Jacket Review

REI XeroDry GTX Jacket Review

The REI XeroDry GTX Jacket is a 2-layer waterproof/breathable jacket that’s good for use in cooler weather or as a winter hard shell. While it doesn’t have pit zips, it’s fully featured in every other way, with a two-way adjustable hood, velcro …

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