Critter CR2 Multifuel Stove Stand on Kickstarter

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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 […]

Making the Suunto Vector better with Sugru

Suunto Vector Watch Hack 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 Folding Hunter Knife

Ka-Bar Dozier Hunter Folding 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

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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 […]

The Ultralight Hummingbird Hammock (7oz)

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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 […]

How do You Pass the Time on Long Nights?

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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 […]

BundeZe – Helping you Keep it Together

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Miles Smith recently sent me some very cool little gear ties to try out called BundeZe. These small elastic ties have a built in ball stopper, adjustable slide lock, and pull tab that makes them incredibly versatile and super easy to use. They are perfect for keeping small items and gear organized. Finger Friendly BundeZe […]

Helle Alden Knife Giveaway ::Winner Announced::

Helle Alden Bushcraft Knife

I’m giving away a beautiful Helle Alden bushcraft knife worth $100 to one lucky reader. The Alden has a razor sharp non-laminated blade made from Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel and gorgeous curly birch handle with stainless steel fittings. It comes with a genuine leather pouch style sheath. This is a straight forward giveaway (the first […]

Choosing Shoes for GORUCK Challenge

Columbia Drainmakers GORUCK Challenge

I get asked at least once a week for advice on the best shoes to wear for doing a GORUCK Challenge. I’ve worn and tested a lot of different shoes and boots for trail running and backpacking over the years and have discovered what works for my feet and my way of hiking, running, and […]

The LoopAlien Has Landed!

Loop Alien Cord Fastener

Knot tying is a skill and a perishable one at that. If you don’t practice and actually use knots on a regular basis you’re never going to be good at them. For those of you that struggle with tying knots, there are cool little gadgets that can help you – like the LoopAlien. A LoopAlien […]

Duke’s Small Batch Smoked Meats + Giveaway!

Duke's Smoked Meats

As many of you know I have a fondness for good jerky. I love to make my own paleo-friendly jerky using my dehydrator and always have it with me on a hike – I’ve even been known to share it on occasion. Anyway, it seems that the word is out and that news of my jerky […]

Eagle Creek UL Dopp Kit Bag – Goodbye Ziplocs!

Eagle Creek Ultralight Dopp Kit Bag

Lately I’ve felt as though the quest for lightweight outdoor gear has taken all of the glamour and excitement out of backpacking and hiking. We’ve boiled it down to an exact science driven by weight reduction and peak performance. We have forced ourselves to live out of disposable packets like flimsy ziploc bags and drinking […]

Beyond Our Boundaries: A Family Backpacking Video Series of Their AT Thru-Hike

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By Damien Tougas, Here we are, less than three months before we hit the trailhead at Springer Mountain, and things are a little crazy. Amidst gear preparation, a Kickstarter campaign launch, and daily family life, I sometimes wonder how it was we got to this point. It certainly didn’t happen overnight. The seed was planted […]