Gear reviews in progress

Here’s a sneak peak of some pieces of gear that I am in the process of reviewing.  From left to right: Terra Nova Laser 20L ultralight pack, Helle Harding hand-made bushcraft knife, and the Terra Nova Bothy 2 superlite emergency shelter. Laser 20L: One of the lightest fully featured packs of it’s size currently available. […]

Winter Traction Devices

It’s started getting colder and winter is almost here which means you’re already being hit up with winter products and deals.  Well there are a bunch of new snow and ice traction products on the market this year which look really interesting. I avoided getting any slip-on traction devices for my shoes last year and […]

Vibram FiveFingers Review

I’ve wanted to get a pair of the Vibram FiveFingers shoes for some time, despite how weird they look. I’ve heard very good things about them and read some great reviews from several sources that I trust. Here is one such review, by my friend Andy, that if you’ve been thinking about buying a pair […]

New cook kit to test

If the weather stays nice this weekend I am planning to do a field test and video review of the Ben’s Backwoods Cook Kit.  I’ve had the kit for a while now but haven’t been able to get out and test it.  If you’re not familiar with this set up this is what it consists […]

Gränsfors Bruks Small Forest Axe

An ultralight small forest axe? Hardly, but to my way of thinking, every ounce that I carry has to pay its way, and the weight that a good axe adds to my overall pack weight is well worth the effort. I got my Gränsfors Bruks Small Forest Axe from Ben’s Backwoods and have been using […]

Custom-made Dan Koster Bushcraft Knives

Last month, after a longer than anticipated wait, I finally received my custom-made Dan Koster Bushcraft knife! I had wanted to write a review the very next day, but with some much going on I’ve only just been able to finish writing it. As I said, the knife was custom-made for me by well known […]

L’Equip 528 Food Dehydrator Review

For Christmas this year I got a L’Equip 528 6-tray Dehydrator. I had been wanting to buy a dehydrator for a very long time but could never quite make my mind up on what make or model to buy.  Based on recommendations from my friend and food guru Sarah, I bit the bullet and bought the L’Equip […]

The Sky’s the Limit!

I would like to share some news of my recent partnership with the OpenSky Project, an online community of shopkeepers. OpenSky is full of people like me who are passionate about their specific areas of interest and provide you with their “expert” opinion on items you may be looking to purchase. This is just a […]

The Gen2 StickPic

A little while ago I wrote a brief review of StickPic generation 1.  Since that time the developers of this nifty little gadget (Rod and David) have been hard at work thinking of ways to improve on their original concept – no easy task after hitting a home run first time round. But in my opinion, […]

Freezer Bag Cooking Vol I

Like most of you ultralight backpackers, my trail cooking habits and methods have evolved to the point where I can carry a small amount of food yet still eat pretty well with minimal effort and equipment.  For me, at this point in time, that usually means simple meals that I can easily re-hydration on the […]