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The Montane Grand Tour 55 Backpack Review

The Montane Grand Tour 55 Backpack Review

I crammed the Montane Grand Tour 55 full of ropes, serrated shovels, crampons and ice axes on a recent mountain rescue training operation. The pack was heavily abused while fully loaded as I slid it along ice and snow and dragged it through thick brush. It still looks brand new!

by May 21, 2013 0 comments Gear
Klymit Pad Reviews

Klymit Pad Reviews

I’m going to be up front about these Klymit pad reviews: I am an ounce-counter, and I am a Neo Air fan. Ever since lying down on one when it came through the REI studio after years prior spent side-sleeping in the wilderness on Therm-a-Rest Prolite pads the Neo Air was a game-changer. Plus the fact the regular weighed in at fourteen ounces and packed down to the size of a quart Nalgene. Added to an arsenal of ├╝ber-light overnight gear (bag and stove-pot-combo primarily) this pad meant I had even fewer reasons to never not spend the night in the wilderness.

by January 31, 2013 0 comments Gear
Deuter Starlight EXP Sleeping Bag for Kids

Deuter Starlight EXP Sleeping Bag for Kids

While we are out camping with our kids we rely heavily on our gear to make sure they stay safe and warm. There is really[Read More…]

by October 22, 2012 0 comments Gear
Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro

Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro

One of the benefits of the Trail Crampon Pros over the Hillsound’s stretch Trail Crampons is the Anti-snow or anti-balling plates. You probably remember as a kid having your snowboots fill up with snow and making them no better than the slippery sled you were dragging uphill.

by September 13, 2012 0 comments Gear
SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Gear Review

SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Gear Review

I took it on a survival trip for three days, and when I was in dense woods, it took me a bit of time to find a spot where the GPS would flash green. In the end, I was able to find an area with a bit of light and sent my OK message in the evening and morning to let family know all was going well.

by June 19, 2012 0 comments Gear
Osprey Escapist 30 Pack Review

Osprey Escapist 30 Pack Review

I am eternally searching for the perfect pack. My latest find is the Osprey Escapist 30 Day Pack. This model is styled for cyclists, but[Read More…]

by June 11, 2012 0 comments Gear
Salewa Rapace Mountaineering Boots

Salewa Rapace Mountaineering Boots

In my opinion this is one good-looking boot. Yellow stitching on grey leather with thin silver wire criss-crossing the boot. A rugged black sole with red highlights where the crampon attaches to the heel was all flawlessly engrained into the boots’ topography. Instantly, my other shoes were off and I was sliding my feet into the warm caress of my new mountaineering boots; images bounding through my imagination of epic ascents, daring rescues, and flawless descents all pulled off solely because of my Salewa Rapace boots.

by June 5, 2012 0 comments Gear
Mountain Hardwear Fluid 26

Mountain Hardwear Fluid 26

After several months of testing the Fluid 26 it looks as good as the day I got it. The materials and workmanship are outstanding. It is comfortable, durable, good looking, and can easily carry varying load sizes and weights. If you are in the market for a day pack for medium to long adventures the Fluid 26 is a great, versatile, and capable backpack and is certainly worth looking at.

by May 8, 2012 0 comments Gear
Nemo Meta 2 Person

Nemo Meta 2 Person

I embrace the idea of carrying gear that has multi-task capability. A jacket or vest is my sleep pillow, my Therm-a-rest is both dinner seat and then insulation layer while sleeping, and a small Zip-loc of paper towels is dish cleaner, toilet paper and emergency tinder. So when I found a tent that allowed me to use my trekking poles to pitch it, I had to give it a try.

by April 30, 2012 0 comments Gear
Columbia Men’s Triple Trail Shell Gear Review

Columbia Men’s Triple Trail Shell Gear Review

Columbia’s Triple Trail Shell is also easily the most stylish jacket I own. I never hesitate to put it on as I leave the house. I’m a 42 regular, and the cut of this medium sized jacket is close and flattering. Stylishness isn’t really something I worry about in the backcountry, but when a jacket costs as much as Columbia’s Triple Trail Shell (MSRP of $300), it ought to do double duty on the trail and on the town. The svelte cut also works extremely well underneath a backpack. Nothing bunches, and my pack slips on and off with ease.

by April 17, 2012 0 comments Gear