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…

Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp Review

The Black Diamond Sprinter is a lightweight USB rechargeable Headlamp designed for high intensity use on and off the trail. Housing a powerful front lantern, back red strobe lights and a removable top band, it’s usable in practically any condition. My review: The Sprinter divides it’s electronics between the front and back of the unit. The…

Big Agnes Shovelhead Jacket

Big Agnes ShovelHead Jacket Review

Big Agnes has a long history of making high quality sleeping bags. Now, they’re producing high quality jackets as well. I’ve been using the Big Agnes ShovelHead jacket for quite some time now, and I’m a big fan. The Shovelhead is a lightweight insulating jacket filled with 700 fill DownTek down: a waterproof goose down that…