About me / Contact

Treelinbackpacker is dedicated to providing relevant, current, and meaningful information about backpacking gear, locations, and techniques.
Created in 2011 as a hobby, the original goal was to simply post a few stories online so that local members of hiking organizations could see what we were up to, and hopefully inspire them to come along on our adventures. From this, it has grown into it’s own machine, shifting and changing into something that was never expected. Steadily gaining momentum and interest from around the world, we continue to create, share, and communicate knowledge and experiences with those of similar desires. We hope that our passion for the sport shows through, and that we might still inspire others to join us.  We will continue to provide information the best way that we know how, with our boots dirty.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact us below. Thanks for reading!


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 How our review scores work


The Highest of recommendations:Reserved for only the best gear. Nearly flawless, and the few flaws that can be found are easily overlooked by an overall spectacular package. Exception build, design, and usability.
Highly Recommend: A great product that has a lot going for it. Most people will find this to be an impressive piece of gear, with very little to complain about. Sturdy, light weight, and reliable.
Recommended: A good product, with a few flaws. The design is solid, but some issues keep it from achieving the status of a must have gear. Many will find a great amount of joy here, but it’s not for everyone.
No recommendation: Mediocre. It does what it’s supposed to do, but doesn’t excel in any way.
Not Recommended: It has it’s merits, but a critical flaw or poor design keeps it from being a piece of gear that I can recommend for your backpack. There are better options.
Avoid: Terrible design quality and craftsmanship paired with other issues that come together to produce a product that’s not only terrible, but unreliable or even dangerous.



Treelinebackpacker is:

Michael Largent. Owner, Lead writer, organizer, tester, photographer.

Laura Valentine. Behind the scenes operator, Tester, Photographer, fact/spelling checker.

Primary Testers and contributors

Michael Largent, Laura Valentine, Toni Newman, Jon Wilkin, Matthew Downs.

NSEO. Secondary testers, contributors.

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This policy is valid from 12 November 2014
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact Michael Largent.
This blog does not accept any form of cash advertising, sponsorship, or paid topic insertions. However, we will and do accept and keep free products, services, travel, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations.

The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements.

The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
― Theodore Roosevelt


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