Three practical Sea to Summit backpacking items

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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 tap he's been hanging (somewhat precariously) in trees my entire backpacking life. I love the ease of use: any time I need water in camp, it's ready. Sea to Summit's Pack Tap takes this concept and perfects … [Read more...]

Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 mtnGLO

Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 mtnGLO Practical Travel Gear

If there’s any season that makes people want to go camping (no matter the “style” of camping), it’s summer. From backpackers to glampers to RV masters—everyone wants to get out into nature, even if it means cooling your heels in a packed campground.The Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 mtnGLO is ideal for the backpacker who requires a super-light tent, but may have a teeny bit of glam camper in his or her blood.The product name may be a little confusing at first. Let me unpack this for … [Read more...]

Eureka Jade Canyon 6 tent

Eureka Jade Canyon 6 tent Practical Travel Gear 2

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: the Eureka Jade Canyon 6 weighs in at 16.2 pounds (yowza...but it's not meant to be anything but a base camp option) and offers 10×10 feet of floor space plus a generous ceiling height. It felt roomy … [Read more...]

L.L. Bean Down Sleeping Bag with DownTek

L.L. Bean Down Sleeping Bag with DownTek Practical Travel Gear 2

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 in its price category, fitting into its included stuff sack with ease. After my first night using it on the damp and chilly Oregon coast, it became my new favorite sleeping bag.The L.L. Bean bag differs from most in my gear stash because it's made … [Read more...]

GSI Outdoors and HydroFlask Pint Glasses

GSI Outdoors and HydroFlask Pint Glasses Practical Travel Gear

Walk into any outdoor gear store, especially in craft brew hot spots like the Pacific Northwest, and it won’t take long to notice everyone is making travel-ready pint glasses. In my book, this can only be a good thing, and not just for beer consumption. In fact, we use the following travel pint glasses and tumblers both at home and on outdoor trips, hardly ever for the frothy craft brews found everywhere in my home state of Oregon. Depending on the trip and user, they’ve been holding water, … [Read more...]

Outdoor Travel Safety and First Aid Round Up

Outdoor Travel Safety and First Aid Round Up Practical Travel Gear

I’m always glad to find new products for my outdoor first aid arsenal. If you need to restock your supply of insect repellents, emergency medical supplies, or outdoor survival tools before high camping season or outdoor excursions while traveling, Natrapel, Adventure Medical Kits, and Sol have some interesting new items to consider. Here’s what we’ve recently tried out during our first camping and kayaking trips of the season.Natrapel bug spray:Natrapel is DEET-free, yet unlike most … [Read more...]

Sea to Summit Comfort Light Sleeping Mat

Sea to Summit Comfort Light Sleeping Mat Practical Travel Gear

It’s becoming easier and easier to be a backpacker these days. With packs, tents, and mattresses becoming more technical, lighter, and more effective every year, backpacking enthusiasts no longer have to choose between comfort and weight (for a price).Case in point: the Sea to Summit Comfort Light sleeping mat is both the most comfortable and the lightest backpacking pad I’ve tried. While the Kelty TrailLogic PDa pad is still more compact, the Comfort Light wins in ease of use and cushion. … [Read more...]

Grand Trunk Nano 7 Lightweight Hammock

Grand Trunk Nano 7 Lightweight Hammock Practical Travel Gear 1

Whether you're doing some serious backcountry hiking or you're just kicking back for a siesta in your travels, this Nano 7 Hammock from Grand Trunk won't load you down when you bring it along. Weighing in at around a half pound and squishing down to the size of a softball, it's less trouble to pack than a typical shoe.Despite the diminutive size and weight, this is still a tough hammock. The Nano 7 supports up to 300 pounds, so even if you're an ambitious overweight hiker on Day 1 of the … [Read more...]

Jet Boil MiniMo

Jet Boil MiniMo Practical Travel Gear

Even when you’re merely car camping, it’s hard to tow along all the foodstuffs you enjoy when you have a full kitchen at home—although, I did once drive with a freshly made Zachary’s pizza from Berkeley to Mount Shasta, Calif., because I liked Zachary’s pizza at the time. And even cold, it’s a great meal by the campfire. But you can do that when you get back from camping. Better yet, bring along a small cooking system so you can make meals from scratch (or from a package) when you’re in the … [Read more...]

Natural Wilderness Wipes From Sea to Summit

Natural Wilderness Wipes From Sea to Summit Practical Travel Gear

Grab a pack of these Wilderness Wipes from great travel and camping gear outfitter Sea to Summit and you'll be ready to clean your dirty hands or get presentable anywhere.Sometimes when you're in the backcountry or just stuck on a dusty Indian bus, it's hard to find a clean place to get yourself clean. We can all put up with a bit of grubbiness for a while, but it's not good to be caked in dirt and germs when it's time to lift food to your mouth. Or clean up a scraped arm. Or just wipe off … [Read more...]