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
Hi-tec Altitude Lite 1 Waterproof Hiking Boots
In the title I call these “boots,” but that word certainly doesn’t conjure up an accurate image of the lightweight Altitude Lite Waterproof footwear from Hi-Tec. These may be the lightest over-the-ankle shoes/boots I’ve ever strapped on for a hike: they weigh in at just a shade more than... Read more
Oboz Switchback Real Trail Hiking Shoes
A lot of the shoes we’ve tried labeled as “light hikers” and such are fine for a mellow walk in the woods, but they aren’t really built for tough trails. If you want some low-rise shoes that aren’t real heavy but can really hold up during steep hikes with... Read more
Rewind: Hiking Trip Travel Gear That Works
We try to take a good amount of time to try out the gear we review on here, but often it’s a year down the line, after multiple trips, that we really start loving the gear we can depend on. (And maybe hating that one nagging fault that bugged... Read more
Lorpen Trail and Hiking Socks for Women
No matter how much I hike–and I hike a lot–I am plagued with blisters on my heels, in part because I’m often trying out new hiking boots for review. I’ve learned to do two things: 1. always have a blister kit with moleskin at the ready, and 2. invest... Read more
Outdoor Travel Safety and First Aid Round Up
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... Read more
Grand Trunk Nano 7 Lightweight Hammock
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... Read more
ExOfficio Airhart and Camina Trek’r Shirts
I have quite a few outdoor technical shirts in my closet, but when it comes to adventure-wear that can double as multi-use travel wear, it’s hard to beat ExOfficio. This brand is a solid bet for high-quality, practical, comfortable clothing that will take you from travel day to outdoor... Read more
Natural Wilderness Wipes From Sea to Summit
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... Read more
Oboz Mystic Low BDry Lightweight Hiker
If you’re a hiker in need of a serious hiking boot, mostly likely, you’ve been steered toward the most serious-looking gear out there: the most rugged, high-topped boots on the market. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, for a mega-tough, ankle-supporting Oboz hiking boot, check out my review of... Read more