White Sierra fall travel clothing
It can be hard to find travel clothing that transitions well from summer to fall, and who wants to buy a new wardrobe for every season? White Sierra, a brand I’ve always appreciated for their affordability, has done a good job with their skirts and pants this year, with... Read more
Outdoor Research Aspire Pant and Kayak Gear Accessories
A few weeks ago, I wrote about three products that helped us out while backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail. This week, I’m back with some products that we loved using during a multi-day sea kayaking trip in Washington state. Like with backpacking, there’s not a lot of extra room... Read more
Sun King Pro Solar Powered Light
The Sun King Pro AN is a truly excellent camping lantern and charging device.  The orb-like light is durable, and attaches to (or can be removed from) a lightweight metal frame for ideal lighting in tents, RVs, campers, cabins, and any outdoor area, like a picnic table or porch.... Read more
Three practical Sea to Summit backpacking items
Last week, my 16-year-old son and I section-hiked through two Oregon wilderness areas of the PCT. Three Sea to Summit products definitely pulled their weight on the trip, and made our job as hikers easier. Pack Tap water container: My dad has an age-old water storage bladder with a... Read more
Oboz Emerald Peak hiking shoe
I’ve become quite the fan of Oboz Footwear. Now that I’ve been wearing their boots and shoes regularly for over a year, I can attest to the fact that Oboz doesn’t mess around with quality. Their low-cut shoes are as rugged and sturdy as their high-topped boots, and their... Read more
Patagonia CragDaddy 45L
The Patagonia CragDaddy is a popular choice among outdoor enthusiasts and climbers for schlepping gear to climbing routes. It can easily hold ropes, racks, draws, and all your food and layers for the day, with plenty of pockets to keep things organized and a well-fitting shoulder harness to keep the... Read more
Eureka Jade Canyon 6 tent
The Eureka Jade Canyon 6 appears to be your standard single room dome tent. And it is: it’s simple to set up, basic in design, and well-suited for general family or group camping. However, the Jade Canyon also has some interesting features worth looking at closely. First, the nuts and bolts:... Read more
Jade Yoga Travel Mat
I’m often asked how to stay active and healthy while on the road. Since we frequently travel, I have plenty of opportunity to figure out what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to exercise in hotel rooms and vacation homes. While at home, I practice yoga, and I... Read more
L.L. Bean Down Sleeping Bag with DownTek
Out of the box, or bag, as the case may be, I wondered if the new L.L. Bean Down Sleeping Bag with DownTek might be too bulky for my needs. It’s certainly a full, thick bag, with surprising loft. However, it packs down as small as any sleeping bag... Read more
Enlightened Equipment Revelation Quilt
After gear testing a lot of outdoor travel products, it’s not too often that something really knocks our socks off. Enter the Revelation Quilt by Enlightened Equipment. This blanket and sleeping bag hybrid, available in either down or Downtek, solves all the complaints my teen sons have about traditional... Read more