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 […]

Camelbak Elixir Electrolyte Replacement Tablets

Camelbak Elixir Electrolyte Replacement Tablets

Guest Gear Review by Two Gear Guys: A few weeks ago, I started a running program. Since I have never really been ‘a runner’, I knew it was going to be somewhat difficult. However, it was a couch to 5k program, so it didn’t kill me right away, which I appreciated. One thing I learned […]

Altitude Adapt | Reader Testing Results

Altitude Adapt

I’d like to thank Brian Green for the opportunity to be a tester for a product called Altitude Adapt. This product is promoted as an aid to reduce altitude sickness. My background: I’ve been an avid hiker / ultralight backpacker since 1993. I have been on many trips that were rated strenuous and have experienced […]

Jetflow Hydration Pack | Guest Review

Jetflow Tomahawk Review

In 1998 I was living in Kailua Kona Hawaii and had been running a little bit off and on but got super fired up after watching the Kona International Triathlon. The start and finish line was less than a quarter mile from the Pizza joint I worked at and for about 10 days before the […]

Camelbak Marathoner Vest | Guest Review

I was recently asked by our good outdoor blogger friend Brian Green of Brian’s Backpacking Blog to review the Camelbak Marathoner Vest. He saw that we had gotten back into the running scene, and though it would be perfect for us to review. When I received the vest from Brian, I couldn’t wait to try […]

Camelbak All Clear UV Water Purifier

I’m really note sure what to make of the Camelbak All Clear UV water purifying bottle. It strikes me that this must have been one of those genius ideas on paper that managed to make it through development, testing and into production only to find that it kinda doesn’t fit the need of the customer […]

Hydration 101 | Water Enhancers?

One of the biggest problems I have with staying hydrated is that water on it’s own tastes bland. There’s nothing better than when I’m on the trail and I have the luxury of drinking from an ice cold mountain stream. Even after being filtered, the crisp, cold taste of the naturally flowing water is hard […]

How to Tame That Noisy Hydration Bladder


One of my pet peeves about using a hydration bladder system inside any of my packs is the annoying sloshing sound caused by the water moving around inside the bladder. If I’m walking or backpacking it’s not too bad and I can usually put up with it for short trips, but if I’m running – […]

Ultralight (17g) 1-Micron Water Filter

Water filtration systems can be bulky and heavy. Depending on the type that you choose they can also be expensive. Pumps and mechanical devices are prone to blockages or failures and chemicals alone result in a less than desirable end product. So what should you do? I’ve grown more and more dissatisfied with many of […]

Evernew Water Carry Bags

As you reach the point where you pretty much have all the gear you need (and then some) for backpacking and hiking, your focus typically shifts to improving on the gear that you already have or tweaking it to be more effective or to shave off weight.  I’m always on the lookout for new or […]