All in Gear
In this video I compare the Sawyer Squeeze, Katadyn Befree, and Aquamira methords of purifying water while backpacking.
In this video I go over the specs on my Enlightened Equipment 20°F down backpacking quilt, show how to set it up with the pad straps, and give some thoughts on the temperature rating and how it stacks up to the current competition 2 years after I bought it.
After 6 months of experience with this stove I feel comfortable enough with putting out a review.
Some friends and I put together a series of videos showing what we're carrying in our ditty bags while backpacking. Basically everything that could get lost in the expanse of a large backpack, so it's kept in a small little bag.
Took out my new Mountain Laurel Designs Prophet backpack and wanted to talk about it and give my first impressions of what it is like hiking with it.
I've never done a gear list here before, but I think it would be helpful for some people to know what I am carrying every year on the trip reports that I am posting. As of this writing I have made a couple changes to what I carry in 2017.
When shopping for a pack 2 years ago I was looking for something lightweight, durable and suitable for both overnighters and trips lasting up to a week without resupply. Like many people my first stop on this search was REI and that's where I stumbled upon the Osprey Exos 58. It seemed to fit the bill and to this day I am still very happy with my purchase.
Despite what the name implies the Tarptent Rainshadow 2 is a 3-person tent. At 78" wide it can fit three 25" wide sleeping pads. Not many people use 25" wide sleeping pads, but if you did then this could fit em! It is 84" long. That's 7 FEET long. So, all you tall people out there - this tent is a good option. These dimensions make for a tent with a whopping 42 square feet of floor space. How much does this palace weigh? Only 2.6 lbs. Incredible.
Superior Wilderness Designs (SWD) is a newcomer to the backpacking gear world and what caught my attention was the simplicity of their design, their willingness to work one-on-one with you to get you the pack you want, and that they're a local Michigan company based in Romeo.
As I was packing for skiing last weekend I was getting ready to throw my Under Armor Cold Gear 1/4 zip top into my bag when I heard a "thunk" on the porch. Upon investigation I found a box from WoolPro. My shirts!
While researching alternatives I came across the Dpower Foldable Camping Stove with Piezo Ignition (4.8 Ounce.) This has to be the least marketable product name in history, but it does a good job at describing what you're buying. A fold-able backpacking stove with a piezo ignition that weighs 4.8 oz!