AT-Nat-Maps1

National Geographic has recently published a thirteen map set covering the entire Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Maine’s Mt Katahdin. These high quality maps are waterproof paper designed with the backpacker in mind. Full of locations specific information, helpful tips, topographic section maps and elevation charts.

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FNO-2

I test a large amount of gear in 2015. Many of my favorites come from smaller companies that the outdoor industry calls “Cottage Companies”. The companies are the equivalent to the Technology Industry’s startups. Small in nature, innovative, and extremely flexible. Many of them have flocked to Kickstarter to help get funding to develop their products.

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Cubicvsliters

When looking at backpacks for your next hiking trip have you ever wondered why some pack sizes are shown in cubic inches and others are shown in liters? I have, and I wanted to share my research with all of you. Backpack manufacturers all use they same methods to measure the packs and choose between […]

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StanleyFeature

It is Wednesday and it is time to start thinking about the weekend camping trip. The lists have been started and some of the gear has been packed up. If you are like me I am typically in charge of bringing the spirits to the weekend. Normally it is thrown together in a box and […]

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SBLiners

Sleeping bag liners can be used for so many more things than just adding warmth to you sleeping bag. A sleeping bag liner is made of either silk or cotton. You can use them like a sheet or you can use them inside your sleeping bag. Some of insect repellent, some are made for warmth, […]

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YKSHeadLamp1

The YKS Adjustable Beam focus led headlamp is a powerful little light with a small price tag. This Ultralight headlamp weighs in at only : 2.6oz and is very comfortable to wear. You might even forget you are wearing it at times. It has four modes a high, low, emergency flashing and sos mode. So […]

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Speaker-Feature

If you are looking for a portable rugged water proof speaker for your camping or float trips the ALL-Terrain Sound by FresheTech is something you are going to want to look at. The speaker is small but packs a punch. Easily connect the speaker to your phone, computer, or even tablet via Bluetooth and you have hours of listening enjoyment ahead of you.

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FeaturedShasta

I was intrigued to work with Outdoor Products to review the Shasta Weather Defense™ Backpack to not only learn more about the different lines of packs, but to also see if my own misconceptions of the brand were indeed true. I would not consider my self to be a gear snob, but there are just some brands that are always in the spotlight when shopping for a new backpack. Until now Outdoor Products was never on that list.

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DPowerfeature

The Dpower folding backpacking stove has been lots of fun to test out over the past several weeks. Packs up small and weighs in at 5 oz with the provided carrying case. The stove also features a Piezo Ignition. The stove is made of aluminum alloy and stainless steel. The mix of steel and aluminum alloy allows the stove to be super sturdy and light weight.

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JambuMesh

I really like testing new technologies especially when it pertains to footwear. The Jambu Tundra is a new shoe that is full of innovative tech. Fit for a trail running shoe but strong enough to be considered for long distance backpacking. So a mesh shoe is not considered new tech however the traction on this […]

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AhnuTam3

Over the past few weeks I have been testing out the Ahnu Men’s Mount Tam Air Mesh shoes. Ahnu has been overhauling their shoe designs to allow the shoes to be worn in the city, but be rugged enough to hold up to anything the trail might throw at them. The Mount Tam Air Mesh […]

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With lighter weight gear and new technology changing gear all the time, what do we do with our old gear? We have used and abused our favorite gear but some of it just does not measure up. We spent the time researching it, finally purchased it, and it was not what we liked. More and […]

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backpackpacking

In part one we discussed how to measure yourself or a friend to help choosing a properly sized pack. The next step in making sure the pack fits is to fill the pack with weight and adjust the straps. Packing the backpack! When packing a backpack especially for long hikes you will want to make […]

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In the middle of winter it seems that I can never keep my feet warm. Also if you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I really like my footwear and socks. The past several years we have seen a big surge of small cottage companies who are making socks. […]

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We all have our traditions of what we take up to the summit to celebrate. For those of you who like to celebrate in style but do not wish to carry the extra weight. We have a few products that will help you celebrate in style! You have pulled out all of the corks and […]

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FreshBalls

Yes that is really the product’s name. Believe it or not the name of the product is exactly what the product does. Fresh Balls is a quick drying lotion that provides freshness, anti-chafing, removes excess moisture and bacteria. Fresh Balls is free of all aluminum, parabens, and talc. For all you ladies out there they […]

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MeasuringTorso

Having a backpack that does not fit properly can potentially make any backpacking trip painful and not very fun. Today we are going to take a look at how to measure your torso and your waist to ensure a proper fit. All major retail stores and outfitters who specifically cater to outdoor sport like hiking […]

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