Extreme Ultralite Towel from Discovery Trekking

Discovery Trekking Outfitters Extreme Ultralight backpacking towel

The Discovery Trekking Extreme Ultralite Towel has very quickly become one of my must have pieces of gear. In fact I really wish I had stumbled upon this nifty little towel much sooner. I’ve been using it for backpacking and crossfit for the past six months. I recently took it to Texas with me for […]

Trekr Ultralight Washcloth by Lunatec

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I recently went on a trip to Savage Gulf State Natural Area in lovely Tennessee. It had rained heavily the day before, so everything was soaked and dirty. (It is, after all, the outdoors.) After setting up camp and gathering firewood, my hands were pretty dirty, to say the least. Brian had sent us a […]

Montane Minimus Rain Jacket Winner Announced

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Thank you to everyone that participated in the Montane Minimus ultralight rain jacket giveaway. There were over 1,500 entries via Rafflecopter and lots of shares of the giveaway announcement via my Facebook page. I’ve consolidated all of the eligible entries, and selected a winner using Random.org. So without further ado, the winner of a brand new […]

Montane Minimus – Ultralight Rain Shell


Every once and a while you come across a piece of gear that screams quality and functionality. When I find such items I share them here, on my blog, with you. Trust me when I tell you that there are hundreds of products that I get asked to review that do not make it onto […]

Nite Ize Inova Swipe-to-Shine Microlight


I’ll be totally honest with you, I do not stay up to speed on flashlight technology. I have several reliable, small LED flashlights that I use as part of my EDC or for backpacking and they work so well for what I need that I have been able to essentially ignore this space. One of […]

The Amazing Flex O Loc Keyring


I’m always on the lookout for gear improvements. Whether it’s a better backpack, shelter, jacket, or even something as small as a keyring – I’m comparing and analyzing. As it turns out, so are many of you! About a month ago I posted a photo on Instagram (shown below) in order to share my EDC […]

In Search of Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors

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Are you an enthusiastic advocate for ultralight or lightweight backpacking, eager to pass along your outdoor skills and experience to other hikers? Do you volunteer your time with hiking clubs or conservation organizations? If this sounds like you, then I encourage you to apply to the Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador program. Read on for details… […]

The Xband Minimalist Wallet


I’ve written several times about my fascination with minimal wallets and my compulsion to slim down the items that I carry in my wallet. So it should come as no surprise that I am back at it again, this time with a truly unconventional looking wallet. Weighing in at only 4.7g (0.16 oz) the Xband […]

CleverHiker.com: Interview with Dave Collins

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I recently had some time to talk with Dave Collins from CleverHiker.com about his new project and I figured I would do a quick write-up to cover our discussion. Dave is a determined and passionate hiker with a vision to help spread the benefits of lightweight and ultralight hiking techniques. He is currently looking for […]

Ten Outdoor Gift Ideas For Under $50

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The Leatherman Squirt PS4: Hands down one of my favorite mini-tool options for backpacking and every day use. It has just the right combination of features, it’s extremely well made, and light enough to carry without ever knowing your have it with you. If you’re not sure about getting one – just get one! REI […]