Adventure Gear

Travel Pillows For Outdoors

New Travel Pillows For Outdoors And Travel Days

By Amy | August 16, 2016

Ready for the tale of two travel pillows? Everyone has their favorite styles for airplane overnights, car rides, camping trips, and backpacking adventures, and it’s time to introduce two new players to the scene. Personally, I like my travel pillows firm, so the inflatable type win out over the soft cushiony type. If you’re with me,…

Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp

Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp – A Quick Review

By Jill | August 5, 2016

Reliable headlamps don’t have to cost a fortune. What you need from them is simple: kick out super-bright light, don’t require bulky batteries, have a variety of settings, and don’t lose function in the rain. All those things are covered with the Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp. The Cosmo features 160 lumens of power that works…

Granite Gear Lutsen 45 Backpack

Granite Gear Lutsen 45 L Backpack – A Quick Review

By Amy | August 2, 2016

My teenaged son hikes and backpacks every chance he gets. His trusty companion has always been his Granite Gear Leopard, but for his most recent hike–a 450 mile stint of the Pacific Crest Trail–he wanted to downsize. Knowing he wanted to stick with Granite Gear, he opted for the Lutsen in the 45 liter capacity.…

Coleman Mountain View Screen Dome Shelter

Coleman Mountain View Screen Dome Shelter – A Quick Review

By Amy | July 26, 2016

Hopefully you and your family are enjoying plenty of state and national parks this summer, as in the US, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our parks. Coleman is getting in on the action, with some made-in-the-USA gear designed specifically for the #FindYourPark anniversary. You can read about them here. The Mountain View Screen Dome…

Zumer Sport bags and backpacks

Zumer Sport Bags And Backpacks – A Quick Review

By Ramsey | July 25, 2016

This unique company has found a clever way to recycle and repurpose old sporting equipment into stylish bags and carrying cases. Zumer Sport make perfect gifts for sports lovers or those that want to tote around a bag that is different from everyone else.

REI Flash 65L Backpack

REI Flash 65L Backpack

By Amy | July 12, 2016

I always feel very well-taken care of by REI; I trust in their store brand products. That said, I’ve been testing a lot of overnight backpacking packs the past few years, and the REI Flash is the first REI-branded pack I’ve tried. Bottom line: I shouldn’t have waited so long. The REI Flash backpack line…

CleverMade SnapBasket

CleverMade SnapBasket – A Quick Review

By Ramsey | July 4, 2016

Busy road warriors (especially those that live in condos or apartments with limited space) may find these to be a great way to stay organized during short breaks when returning home. It is not uncommon for me to arrive from overseas in the evening, turn my suitcase upside down, refill it, and leave for another…

BioLite PowerLight Mini

BioLite PowerLight Mini – A Quick Review

By Jill | July 1, 2016

Why drain your phone battery by using it as a flashlight when you can bring along a small-but-powerful flashlight on your travels? So tiny it fits in your palm (15 mm wide by 18 mm tall), the BioLite PowerLight Mini is a trusty travel companion. The ultra-slim clippable lantern is a headlamp, lantern, and bike…


Kelty Camping Gear Reviewed

By Ahmed | June 21, 2016

Flashlight – check. Bug spray – check. S’mores – check. You’ve got just about all the essentials for your next camping trip. But when was the last time you checked out your sleep camping gear? What is the condition of your tent? What do you sleep on? And does that ratty old blanket even keep…


Backpacking duo: Cotopaxi Taboche and Good to Go

By Amy | June 14, 2016

I think I enjoy backpacking season just as much as I love ski season. I’ve been a fan of Cotopaxi since I had the pleasure of testing their Nepal pack. The Nepal taught me that Cotopaxi is smart about design, which features such as extra storage that converts to  a day pack, and I found that…