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…

big agnes lost ranger 15

Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15 Sleeping Bag Review

Updated for 2015, the Lost Ranger from Big Agnes is a classic sleeping bag that has been redesigned with the hopes of improving on the already highly regarded original. With roomier contours, and a tighter sleeping pad sleeve, the LR 15 manages to achieve this goal. Further improvements come in the form of a more…

Big Agnes Foidel Canyon 2 Review

The term “3+ season” tent isn’t something you hear very often. There are summer tents, and there are winter tents. So what does 3+ even mean? With the Foidel Canyon from Big Agnes, that means a tent that you can use in nearly every situation, in nearly every season. Rain, snow, wind, heat, humidity, it’s…

Hilleberg Nallo 2 Review

The Nallo 2 is the lightest all season tent produced by the Hilleberg, the tent maker. Hilleberg has a bit of reputation for building some of the best engineered tents on the market, but curiously absent here on the east coast. I wanted to put them to the test. Let’s see what I found. About…

Thermarest Neoair Xtherm Review

Balancing weight and comfort is a never ending struggle when it comes to backpacking. All too often we have to sacrifice one or the other to make things manageable. The Neoair Xtherm aims to solve that problem by providing plush warmth, at low weights. Can it really happen? We put the pad to the test, and here is…

backpacking gear

Big Agnes Battle Mountain 2 Review

The Battle Mountain is a 4 season, mountaineering tent from Big Agnes. Designed with durability, livability, and light weight in mind, it strikes an exceptional balance of comfort on the trail, and at camp. The battle mountain is comprised of a light weight, yet rugged Cordura rip-stop nylon with a 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating. The…

Marmot Hammer 2p Review

The Hammer 2p from Marmot is an ultra-light 4 season/mountaineering shelter. A single wall design and minimal design eliminates all the fluff, leaving only the bare essentials for the lightest packed weight possible. Can a light weight single wall shelter hold up to the challenges of high elevation backpacking on the East Coast? About the…

Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy Review

So so warm. That’s the thought that kept rolling through my head as I drifted off to sleep on a brisk 20 degree night under high winds on an exposed peak. About the Mobile Mummy The Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy is designed to be more of a garment than a body sack. A full frontal…

Big Agnes Battle Mountain Tent Preview (2015)

This is usually a slower time for backpacking news, as the seasons begin to change people usually start going inside and new products don’t show up as often: but not for me and not for Big Agnes. The Battle Mountain 4, 4 season mountaineering tent just showed up at my door, and I’m incredibly impressed.…