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The Oboz Scapegoat Low shoes are a versatile, breathable, and light weight hiker. These have been perfect for the summer and fall temps here in the Arizona mountains.  The breathable mesh allows them to dry quicker than your average hiking boot if you happen to get them wet and they allow your feet to breathe and stay […]

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Socks may not be the most exciting thing to review however for any hiker socks are just as important as your backpack. If your feet are not happy then neither are you. Wigwam has been in the sock business since the early 1900s. Technology has changed and so have the needs of the people who […]

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Alps Featherlite

We all enjoy a good night sleep on the trail. Sleeping on the ground is not the best option for many of us. Some use foam pads while others use inflatable air mats. The Alps Mountaineering Featherlite Air Mat can provide you a good night sleep deep in the back country or at your weekend […]

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The Oboz Mendenhall shoes are for more than just wearing them to work. They also can lead you down some great hiking trails. I have been extremely impressed with these shoes. I have been wearing them for months now as my daily shoe and sometimes after work you just need to hit the trails to […]

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Wearing gaiters adds weight to your legs or to your pack when you take them off.  I have reluctantly changed my mind over the past few months. Wearing light weight quick dry hiking pants while hiking is something I have always done to help protect my legs and feet. One of the things that the […]

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I normally do not listen to music on the trail however every now and again it is nice. In years past headphones were bulky or fell out and you had to have them plugged in. Fast forward to today with technology continuing to get smaller and more and more devices being Bluetooth enabled. JBL has […]

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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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Hanz Waterproof Socks

Some products take longer to test than others. With the Hanz Waterproof Gloves and Socks I tested them in both winter conditions and spring conditions. I played in the snow with the gloves shoveling driveways in Iowa and the socks were taken to the depths of the Grand Canyon and used while splashing around in […]

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GraniteGearPackableDuffle

Granite Gear, born in Boundary Waters, crafters of award-winning backpacks and duffel systems was put to the test during one backpacker’s travels to Idaho on a 7-day adventure during the summer of 2015. The Granite Gear duffel was packed solid (immediately appreciating the wheels!), checked-in at the airlines, transferred to automotive transport, unpacked and stored for 5 days, to then be packed solid again. After traveling for a week and passing through a dozen handlers the duffel slipped right back into the hands of the airlines, for its return trip.

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Buff the company who makes those really cool bandanna scarf things has created a special lineup to help celebrate the National Parks Centennial. They have created 6 beautiful designs that are not only stylish but will also protect you from the sun. Not only will they protect you but they will also protect our hiking trails. Buff will be donating 3% of the net purchase price from each National Parks UV BUFF® to the American Hiking Society. This promotion runs from now until December 31, 2016.

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I have been having fun with the Smoky Mountain Growler. It is made of stainless steel and vacuum insulated. They say that it will keep products cold for 3 days. They are not lying. As a test I filled up my growler full ice and waited for it to melt. It sat on the counter at home, on my desk in my office, and a full 8 hours in my Jeep. Not to mention the time back and forth between work and home. It has been nice here in Arizona so the temps in my Jeep were warm but not scorching hot.

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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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There is no question that merino is the go-to fabric for most hikers when it comes to their baselayers. I have been testing out three products by Minus33.
The Minus33 Story!

Minus33 is located in Ashland, New Hampshire and still operates on the grounds of L.W. Packard Inc. L.W Packard Inc., dates back to 1916 as a textile manufacturing company. I could write all about their history but this great video does a much better job than I could.

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The Eyefi Mobie Wireless SD memory card is a neat little gadget. This memory card has the ability to create a secure Wi-Fi network to allow you to connect other devices to it. Once connected you can transfer photos and videos from the card to your other devices via the secure network.  No more taking […]

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The RefrigiWear Fleece is a warm well made and will keep you warm. Now that the weather here in Arizona has cooled off this has been a great light weight jacket to wear for everyday life as well handy for day hikes. The fleece weight wise is heavier than most jackets I would normally take […]

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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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Footwear for hikers has come a long way in a very short time. In a not so distance past all hikers had to choose from was different brands of leather boots. Now there is everything from full leather boots to synthetic trail running shoes. Many are waterproof others are not. It all depends on what activity you are doing and what your needs are.

I have been a huge advocate of boots in years past but with the tech changing and materials becoming lighter stronger and more durable I have decided that trail shoes might not be as evil as I thought they might be. I have tried several out this past summer and now bring you a look at the Adidas AX 2 GTX.

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