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…

Zamst JK2

Backpacking with Patellar tendonitis, Zamst JK-2 Review

Anyone backpacker unfortunate enough to develop tendonitis in their patella tendon knows the pain of hiking with it. Descending and climbing both result in a surprisingly sharp pain that cuts through the knee and only worsens with each step. Luckily, there is equipment that can ease or even eliminate that pain. The Zamst JK-2 is an excellent option. Patellar…

Why you shouldn’t buy a footprint

I have a lot of people ask me about footprints. The most common question isn’t which to buy or what to make one out of, it’s why do I not carry one. The simple reason? They’re non-sense. Let’s think about this for a bit. Why buy a footprint in the first place? Well, the idea,…