Platypus SoftBottle – More Than Just a Cute Name

Notice the really cute platypus in the corner

A water bottle that I can throw in my bag and not worry about it leaking everywhere…is that even possible? A water bottle that literally rolls into a ball and can fit … Continue reading

Gear (P)review: Hillsound Armadillo LT Gaiter

Affordable winter and mud season gaiters that touch all the bases.

Gear (P)review: FITS Socks, Expedition Weight

FITS Ultra Heavy Expedition Rugged Boot Socks deliver merino warmth and moisture management courtesy of made in America workmanship.

Eagle Creek’s Cubes Make Snowshoeing More Hassle-Free

When we venture away from our desk jobs, household chores, and TV and PC screens to enter our favorite white blanketed spaces, we renew our bodies and our sense of beauty, freedom, adventure, independence, and peace of mind. Each time, … Continue reading

Gear Review: Braven BRV-BANK Battery

Call me old-fashioned, but I’m not a fan of electronics in the outdoors.

Sure, I understand the safety reasons for carrying a cell phone in the backcountry. And I’ve been known to play around with GPS from time to time. … Continue reading

Gear Review: Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight First Aid Kits

It should go without saying that a well-stocked first aid kit is an absolute must for every trip into the backcountry. Winter or summer, you can never be sure what will happen out there, and the mantra of every outdoor … Continue reading

Gear (P)review: Buff Balaclava in Merino Wool and Microfiber

Lightweight natural and synthetic fabrics provide moisture wicking comfort while helping keep windburn at bay.

Gear Review: Helly Hansen – Dry Charger Windblock 1/2 Zip Shirt, Charger Windblock Tights and a Challenger Jacket

You know you’re on to a good product line when you go and purchase more after testing some free stuff.

That was the case when I had the chance to try out some Helly Hansen items over the last six … Continue reading

Gear Review: Coghlan’s Fire Disc

If you’re like me, someone who appreciates a fire but isn’t exactly a firebug when it comes to starting them, you’re likely to enjoy the Coghlan‘s Fire Disc.

It’s a cunning little bit of wizardry that combines sawdust and … Continue reading

Gear Review: Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition HD Action Camera

Ah, the classic Polaroid camera. First introduced in the 1940s, the company’s iconic, instant-print cameras were a ubiquitous part of American life for generations, until the product was discontinued in 2007, complete with the square prints, the multi-use flashbulb “bars” … Continue reading

Gear Review: Soldier 7800mAh Power Bank

When it comes to “should-you-or-shouldn’t-you?” regarding to the use of electronic devices in the backcountry, the debate is still open. Some argue that the conveniences of modern life – whether that list includes cell phones, tablet devices, or even portable … Continue reading

The Traveling Snowshoer: CINQ Enhances On-the-Go Productivity

Every active snowshoer has to admit, there’s a full-time job waiting back at home and an office that has projects galore waiting to be completed. That’s our reality. We all have work to do. But for the computer user, true … Continue reading