L.L.Bean Maine Warden Day Pack (IMG2)

L.L.Bean Maine Warden Day Pack Review

The Main Warden day pack is a robust, feature rich pack designed with the help of Maine game wardens to suit the diverse needs of hikers, rescuers, enforcers, fishermen, and more. It provides a breathable support system, waterproof compartments, and other features to set it apart. This is my review: The Maine Warden pack is…

Thermarest Questar HD 20 Sleeping Bag Review

The Thermarest Questar HD 20 attempts to bridge performance and affordablity. It’s a three season, mummy style sleeping bag featuring hydrophobic down, sleeping pad connectors, zoned insulation and a high quality water resistant shell. This is my full review. The Questar HD 20 is fairly traditional in shape, with a sleek and efficient mummy style…

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Review

Featuring two doors, two vestibules, a full rain fly, a top vent, a freestanding hubbed aluminum pole system, interior pockets, and a spacious interior, the Copper Spur HV UL2 packs every major feature into a solid, 3 lb package. My review: The Copper Spur HV (for Higher Volume) is a redesign of one of my…

Gerber Center-Drive Multitool Review

It’s not often I find a multi-tool that catches my attention. Generally, I find them unruly, difficult to use, and full of compromises, stuffing as many gimmicks as they can inside. That’s not the case here. The Gerber Center-Drive packs several innovations that not only differentiate it from the pack but also transform it from being…

Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt 700 15 (IMG 2)

Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt 700 (15 degree) Review

Lately, Sierra Designs has been expanding the scope of their sleep systems.  The Backcountry Quilt 700 is one of their latest efforts, continuing the trend towards uncompromised comfort through unique design. Let’s see how it performs in the field. The Backcountry Quilt 700 is a 15 degree (28 F EN comfort rated) quilt designed to eliminate some of…

MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove Review

The Pocket Rocket 2 is a complete design of the long standing classic ultralight stove by MSR. They’re re engineered the original to be even lighter, smaller, and more stable than ever. How can one of the best stoves on the market be improved? My review. Starting with the basics, the Pocket Rocket 2 is a small,…

Nemo Hornet Elite 2 Review

For some, going light is not just preferable, it’s the only way to go. The Nemo Hornet Elite has been designed for those people. It’s a two person shelter with two doors, two vestibules, and it weighs a scant 2 lbs. 3 oz, but can it hold up on the trail? Every detail in the design…

Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Review

The Big Agnes Q-Core SLX utilizes welded I-Beams to create a lofty, quilted sleep surface that aims to provide more cushion, added lift, and in the end, a better night’s sleep. It’s big, fluffy, and insulated, but does it perform in the field? This is my review. Starting with the numbers, the SLX brings an impressive…

REI Quarter Dome Hanging Tent Review

REI attempts to bridge the gap between grounders and treelings with their REI Quarter Dome Hanging Tent. It sleeps flat like a tent, but strings up between two trees like a hammock. It’s a promising premise, but how does it actually perform? My review. The biggest distinguishing feature that separates this “hanging tent” from other traditional…

JBL Micro 2 Review

Should You Play Music in the Backcountry?

I recently had an interesting talk with a reader about which speaker to bring backpacking. This chat just happened to be in a public forum, and a heated debate rapidly erupted. Long story short, this sounded like an excellent topic for an article, so let’s talk about music in the backcountry. First, it’s fair to say…