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Looking for that perfect birthday gift for your outdoor adventure junkie and not sure what to get them? Look no further as Cairn subscription boxes take the guess work out a perfect gift. This monthly subscription service will send a box of curated outdoor gear directly to your outdoor enthusiast every month. Filled with great […]

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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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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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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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