Sierra Designs Convert 2 Review

4 season protection at 3 season weights? The Sierra Designs Convert 2 tent promises to be just that. With a removable vestibule, beefed up construction, and a sturdy design, this could work. The Convert two is designed for winter use. It has a more robust pole system than most 3 season tents, breathable nylon walls…

L.L.Bean Primaloft Mountain Pro Hoodie

The Primaloft Mountain Pro Hoodie from L.L.Bean is a full synthetic, stretchy hoody that’s lined with Primaloft Gold for protection from the cold in times of high activity.

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…

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…

Camelbak Chute Thermos

Camelbak Chute Insulated Thermos Review

The Camelbak Chute is a large double walled thermos designed to keep 40 oz of goodness cold for a full 24 hours or hot for 6. This is my review. The Chute is primarily constructed from two layers of 18/8 stainless steel with a gap between them, forming a vacuumed, double walled barrier of insulation.…

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 mtnGLO sunset

A Backpacker’s Holiday Gift Guide (2016)

The holidays are quickly approaching, and the challenge of finding the perfect gift is creeping ever so near. Thankfully, I’m here to help. I’ve put together a hand crafted list of gift ideas that anyone who thrives in the outdoors is sure to love. The best part? I’ve considered every price point. Of course, I’ve…

Tips For Planning Your Next Camping Road Trip.

I’m always whittling away at that ever expanding bucket list. Thing is, it’s getting longer faster than it’s getting shorter. The locations to explore far outweigh the amount of time most of us actually have available to travel to them. For this reason, I’ve put together some tips to maximize the use of that time, while enhancing…

Honey Stinger Review

Honey Stinger Energy Snacks

There’s nothing worse than running out of energy on the trail. A blood sugar dump just before a long climb has never been a friend of mine. I’ve been experimenting for years looking for the perfect snack that I can eat while moving without weighing me down, and I may have finally found them… They’re…