Holiday Gift Guide: 2018

This year, I’ve decided to put together a gift guide for those who are looking for something different, innovative, and above all, high quality. Concentrating on a variety of price points, here are some suggestions for 2018.


Uco Air, Rechargeable Headlamp Review

The Uco Air is an ultra-light, budget friendly rechargeable headlamp with a unique and stylish real wood panel on the front. It features a 150 lumen lamp, adjustable brightness, a red LED function and adjustable band. It retails for $35, and weighs just 1.6 ounces. This is my review.

Tailwind recovery drinks, just add water

It’s not exactly a secret that refueling shortly after a hard workout (or long day on the trail) expedites recovery and muscle development. Tailwind Nutrition makes tasty recovery drinks that just require water and a little shaking to prepare.

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…

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.…