New Harness for my Gossamer Gear Gorilla

You may recall that several weeks ago I returned my beloved Gossamer Gear Gorilla ultralight backpack to GGHQ for some rather radical harness modifications. Well now it’s back, updated with an entirely new harness, and better than ever. Recap: During my recent trip to Mt. Whitney, I encountered some significant discomfort from the straps of […]

Custom Strap Alterations For Gorilla Pack

If you read the post about my recent trip to Mt Whitney, you may recall that I had a few problems with the width of the shoulder straps on my Gossamer Gear Gorilla Ultralight backpack. Even though I’ve used my Gorilla pack for numerous other multi-day backpacking trips, this time the straps really rubbed me […]

Terra Nova Ultra 20 | First Look

The Terra Nova Ultra 20 is the first ultralight backpack made by a mainstream manufacturer to use Cuben fiber. Until very recently, Cuben fiber (called ULTRA fabric by Terra Nova) was the mainstay of ultralight cottage manufacturers like Gossamer Gear, Zpacks, MLD, and others. None of the more conservative mainstream manufacturers seemed willing to take […]

Hiking Boots for Dogs?

My trusty trail partner, Coco, likes her backpacking gear as much as the next well dressed doggy. This is her wearing her Kelty Chuckwagon backpack that she is very well accustomed to. So much so that she gets excited at the slightest sight of it in my gear closet. It’s a great doggy pack with […]

Terra Nova 20L Quick Mods

The more I use the Terra Nova 20L, the more I like it. However, there are a few small improvements or modifications that I’ve changed from the way the bag came that I think are worth sharing. Larger Stopper Knots on Shock CordsAs I mentioned in my earlier detailed review of the 20L, the basic […]

Terra Nova Laser 20L Backpack

The Terra Nova Laser 20L pack is a lightweight frame-less backpack designed with a “lightweight-but-full-of-features” approach for day use or overnight hiking trips. Specifications: Manufacturer: Terra Nova, UK Model: Laser 20L Backpack Weight: 11.6oz (328g) Measured Weight: 11.4oz (323g) Capacity: 20L The pack is designed with a single main compartment, accessed by a long, vertical […]

Serious backpacks for small kids

For the last two years I’ve been struggling to find good quality backpacks that will fit my two young children (ages 5 and 4).  The best I had been able to do was either a REI FlashUL pack or a small basic Jansport book bag, neither of which were exactly ideal or what I was […]