Gear Reviews so you know before you go

Gear is an extremely important part of the outdoor experience and our Contributors have tested it for you. There's nothing worse than gear that doesn't perform the way you need it to so we've done the testing so you know before you go.


Fueling adventures with Premier Protein – Review & Giveaway!


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    No matter how much you love peanut butter, you can’t deny the truth: an adventurer cannot sustain solely on spoonfuls of peanutty goodness forever. Protein is an essential ingredient for ensuring successful and strong outdoor exploits, so making sure you’re pumping your body full of quality fuel is important. I was recently offered the opportunity […]

    Fahrenheit XXL 0°F Sleeping Bag


    Teton Sports Fahrenheit Sleeping Bags

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    I really do love backpacking.  In reality though, I do more day hiking than backpacking.  If I want to camp with a group or with my wife, more often than not we will drive in, set up base camp and do a series of hikes from there.  So while I have worked to cut weight and […]

    GeigerRig introduces the Ultimate Backpack for parents…


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    Seeing as there are no Wilderness Babies yet in the Wilderness Dave household, I had to reach out to couple of close friends to get this one tested.  GeigerRig has attacked the mommy market with their newly designed backpack for parents of young children.  The new GeigerRig Rig MOM pack is designed to replace the […]

    GeigerRig Rig 1600 Hydration Pack…


    GeigerRig Rig 1600 in Costa Rica

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    Last Summer I received the GeigerRig Rig 1600 backpack for review as part of the Hydration Summit, sponsored by Trail Sherpa and GeigerRig.  The Hydration Summit featured 15 high-profile outdoor bloggers discussing a wide variety of hydration topics from waterborne illness to keeping your kids hydrated on the trail.  GeigerRig challenged us to do side-by-side […]

    Ahnu Elkridge Mid Hiking Boots…


    Ahnu Elkridge Mid hiking boot

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    For quite a while I was almost exclusively trail running whenever I went out.  Hitting the local trails was more about training than hiking, pushing for a faster time and keeping the trails under 10 miles.  As a result, I had several pairs of trail running shoes and no hiking boots for more rugged hikes.  […]

    Solo Stove Backpacking cooking stove…


    Getting ready to use the Solo Stove in the field

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    I was recently contacted by Solo Stove to test and review their backpacking stove after a conversation they’d had with Trail Sherpa mastermind, Tim Miner.  As usual, I’m happy to oblige and a couple of days later I was pulling the shiny new stove out of a tiny little box anxious to get it dirty. […]

    Revelation X from Enlightened Equipment…


    the Enlightened Equipment Revelation X backpacking down top-quilt

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    I have been out doing a lot more hammock camping this past year.  I’ve camped in a hammock on a few trips before this year, but never with a real focus on doing it right.  I had managed to get my overnight pack weight down pretty low and manageable in a fairly small pack.  The […]

    Exped SynMat UL 7…


    Exped SynMat UL 7 compared to old Slumberjack pad

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    For a while now I’ve been shopping around for a sleeping pad.  I had one of the old, thin self-inflating Slumberjack pads and it is big, clunky and heavy.  I got to the point where I didn’t even use it because it was just too much of a hassle to take with me.  So I’ve […]

    Columbia Peakfreak Trail Shoes…


    Top view of Columbia Peakfreaks

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    I really wanted to try out these trail shoes for a long time.  I’d been eyeing them online, reading reviews, looking at them in catalogs but for some reason I could not find a single local retailer who carried them.  I tried REI, Cabela’s, Ski Chalet, The Hiking Shack, The Hike House, and a few smaller stores […]

    The Stick Pic


    close up of attached stick pic

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    The Stick Pic is a lightweight camera mount that works with the pointed end of a trekking pole. It allows a solo hiker to take self portraits on the trail.