North St. Pioneer Review

North St. has been busy for a while now, innovating and producing rugged, unique gear. The Pioneer pack is no different. It’s an organizer, but it can be expanded into a hip pack, shoulder bag, or even a bike handlebar bag. This is my review. So, the Pioneer comes in a few different sizes, the…

Katadyn BeFree 3.0L Water Filter Review

The BeFree 3.0 Liter Water Filter is a high-capacity, gravity fed water filtration system that includes a washable filter, hanging loop and collapsible body.

Garneau Cityzen Collection Preview

The Cityzen Collection from Garneau aims to blend city and outdoor life with a range of clothing that fits both purposes. With an emphasis on style, technology, and comfort, they’re designed to perform on the trails while also blending in while in public.

L.L.Bean Backcountry 2 Dome Tent Review

Rugged and ready for the worst conditions, the Backcountry 2 Dome tent from L.L. Bean offers impressive durability and weather protection at a relatively low cost. The Backcountry 2 is a full double wall 4-season backpacking tent. This means it’s designed to handle high wind, heat and snow. The tent has a full front door…

New Primalot Black Sleeping Bags from Big Agnes Promise better warmth and compressibility from synthetics

Inspired by and dedicated to the rugged Continental Divide Trail, the 1101 Collection of Sleeping Bags uses new Primaloft Black synthetic insulation which provides better warmth, compressibility at lower weight. Primaloft Black is a new type of insulation that utilizes and accordian like structured, which can be layered and positioned strategically to provide warm, lofty…

Princeton Tec Axis

Princeton Tec Axis Headlamp Review

Simplicity in use is the theme of the Princeton Tec Axis. The Axis is a lightweight, high powered headlamp that provides instant access to brightness adjustments through a unique, simplistic interface. My review: The Axis has only two adjustments. There is a large, easy to find button on the side of the headlamp, and an…

Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 700 Review

Improving on their previous Backcountry bed design, Sierra Designs has updated their sleeping bags to be warmer, more efficient, and lighter through the use of streamlined design and revised materials. Is newer better? My review: Let’s start by looking at the design. For the unfamiliar, the original Backcountry bed removed the zippers of traditional sleeping…

Yaktrax Summit Review

The unique Yaktrax Summit crampons are designed with the new Boa ratchet system for faster, easier attachment to boots or shoes. Featuring 3/8″ carbon nano spikes, they’re poised to provide excellent traction and easier use. My review:

Montbell Down Hugger 800 # 1

Montbell Down Hugger 800 #1 Review

The Down Hugger sleeping bag line from Montbell utilizes a unique spiral construction that’s paired with elastic stitching to gather the loft up around the seams, improving warmth, comfort and fit. This is my review. The Down Hugger 800 #1 is an 23 degree EN rated sleeping bag. It is constructed from lightweight 20 denier…