Hanchor Cobble Backpack and Ripple Pack

Hanchor Cobble Backpack

Like many people with a penchant for backcountry exploration, I am always eager to test the features and abilities of new packs to determine their virtues. The Hanchor packs featured in this review arrived for testing shortly before a four-day, three-night trek in the Linville Gorge Wilderness of North Carolina. While no Cobble pack is […]

TAD Recon AC Pant

Triple Aught Design Recon AC Pant

Triple Aught Design Recon AC pants are designed to be light weight yet provide maximum comfort and functionality during long-term “covert” operations. Luckily, you don’t have to be a covert operative in a foreign land or special forces to justify having the very best gear. These pants are equally at home in the backcountry and […]

Greenbelly meal bars

Greenbelly Meal Bars Giveaway

I was recently contacted by Chris Cage, the founder of Greenbelly meal bars, to see if I would like to try some samples of his new bars. Never one to turn down free food, I jumped at the opportunity and thought I’d share my findings with all of you. Keep reading for a chance to […]

Capsul Wallet

Capsul Wallet – Multipurpose Card Case

When reducing the bulk and weight of a wallet, one challenge that may arise is how best to store a car key, ID, credit card, or change when backpacking, kayaking, or the like. In recent months I have used a Wojo wallet for my ID, essential credit cards, and cash, but its compact design precludes […]

TATO Element Wood Burning Stove

TATO Element Makes Wood Burning Enjoyable

I’ve been testing the TATO Element titanium wood burning stove for the past three or four months and I have to say that I am very impressed with not only its performance as a backpacking stove, with the thought and detail that has clearly gone into its design. TATO Gear is a small family owned […]

Renovo Trio Water Filter

Renovo Trio Water Filter

The Renovo Trio is a triple-stage water filter that its manufacturer says is for “emergencies, survival, hiking, camping, hunting, or travel.” That covers a lot of territory, but given the Trio’s relatively compact size (7.1 in./18 cm.) and weight (4.13 oz./117g after use), there is no reason one couldn’t employ it in all of these […]

Hummingbird Hammock Giveaway

Win a New and Improved Hummingbird Hammock ::Winner Announced::

A lot of amazing things have happened with Hummingbird Hammocks in the few short months since I first wrote about their amazingly compact and light weight hammock. They’ve built up their inventory and have been busy fulfilling their Kickstarter orders and shipping all the hammocks that you all bought. They have a brand new website: http://www.hummingbirdhammocks.com/ and you can […]


Critter CR2 Multifuel Stove Stand on Kickstarter

I thought I’d share with all of you (another) pretty cool Kickstarter project that I recently backed. The Critter CR2 is a pocket-sized folding stove stand that is designed to be compatible with the majority of ultralight stoves that folks like us carry, such as soda can alcohol stoves, trangia stoves, and even sterno for car campers. It […]

Suunto Vector Watch Hack with Sugru

Making the Suunto Vector better with Sugru

The Suunto Vector is the quintessential rugged outdoor ABC watch and for the most part I am extremely happy with mine. However, there are a few things that I would love to see changed or improved that would, in my opinion, make the Vector the perfect adventure watch. Always Room for Improvement Some of the things […]

Ka-Bar Dozier Hunter Folding Knife

Ka-Bar Dozier Folding Hunter Knife

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Ka-Bar make great knives. Not just great knives, but legendary and highly functional knives that have stood the test of time. Yet despite knowing that, if you had told me that Ka-Bar could make a serious quality folding knife for $20, that I would actually want […]

Boilerwerks Backcountry Boiler™Kettle Giveaway

Boilerwerks Backcountry Boiler™ Kettle Giveaway

I was a funder of the original Boilerwerks Backcountry Boiler™ Kickstarter project back in 2011 and ended up with #016 of a limited run. The Backcountry Boiler™ was the first true lightweight chimney kettle (stove) and will be a great addition to anyone’s hiking gear. Why the Giveaway? This is not a sponsored giveaway. I bought the Backcountry Boiler™ with […]


Lifestraw GO Bottle with Built-in Filter

A few weeks ago, Lifestraw sent me their new Lifestraw GO. In a nutshell, it’s a water bottle with a Lifestraw filter built in. I’ve used this on a few hikes recently. I normally carry only my Sawyer mini filter with me and attach two 20 ounce Dasani bottles on my pack straps, refilling them when […]

hummingbird hammock

The Ultralight Hummingbird Hammock (7oz)

The Hummingbird single person hammock weighs just 7oz, is rated to hold 275 pounds, and is made in USA by an FAA certified parachute rigger. I’ve been carrying the Hummingbird hammock with me on weekend hikes and day hikes for several weeks now and have to say that for someone who wasn’t really into relaxing […]

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How do You Pass the Time on Long Nights?

Here is the first of what I hope will be an ongoing series of reader questions. Jan-Willem Bol (@janwillembol) of the Netherlands writes: “Ok, so the thing about hiking in winter is that there is always a fair chance of bad weather, the low temperatures and the long nights. That last one got me thinking. I […]

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