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What is a Cottage Gear Manufacturer?

A cottage gear manufacturer is one that manufactures their own products, rather than outsourcing them to a contract manufacturer. In the backpacking industry companies like Mountain Laurel Designs, Tarptent, ULA, Hyperlite Mountain Gear,...Show More Summary

Elemental Horizons Kalais XT Backpack Review

Elemental Horizons is a well-regarded cottage backpack manufacturer based in North Carolina with a small but loyal customer following. They’ve recently added XPac fabric as a material option to their backpacks, including the adjustable frame Kalais XT reviewed here. Show More Summary

Merrell Moab Polar 400 Gram Insulated Hiking Boots Review

Merrell’s Moab Polar Winter Hiking Boots have 400 grams of insulation and a wide front toe box that has plenty of room for your toes to splay out. They’re sized more like a regular three-season hiking boot and just come up over the ankles,...Show More Summary

Seek Outside Gila 3500 Backpack Review

The Seek Outside Gila 3500 (57L) is an 2 pound 15 ounce external frame backpack capable of carrying heavy loads, up to 100 pounds. It’s made with a waterproof laminate fabric called XPac which is more durable than Dyneema Composite Fabric (formerly called cuben fiber) and less expensive. Show More Summary

Ultralight Backpacking Gift Guide

What kind of gifts can you buy for an ultralight backpacker who’s a minimalist and eschews material possessions? It’s a quandary, isn’t it? Here are some tried and true gear favorites that all ultralight backpacker’s lust for. They may be minimalists, but they’re not stupid. Show More Summary

Superior Hammock Insulated Hammock Review

Superior Hammock is a new cottage gear manufacturer based in Minnesota that makes fully integrated hammock shelter systems. They’re flagship product is a gathered-end hammock that has the down-filled insulation sewn directly onto it instead of being packaged as a separate underquilt. Show More Summary

Garmin inReach Explorer+ Satellite Communicator Review

The Garmin inReach Explorer+ is a combination GPS tracker, navigation tool, 2-way satellite messenger and SOS device which gives you the ability to send and receive email messages and SMS messages via satellite, even when you are out of range of cell phone towers and wireless networks. Show More Summary

Winter Hiking and Backpacking Gift Guide: Gear Up and Get Out

Winter is a great time to gear up and get up for some cold weather hiking and backpacking adventure. The bugs are gone and so are the crowds, leaving the mountains and the hills to those who can’t live without their weekly dose of sun and snow. Show More Summary

SteriPEN Adventurer Opti Water Purifier Review

When the weather gets cold and temperatures drop below freezing at night, I like to switch from using a water filter like the Sawyer Squeeze or the Katadyn BeFREE (3L) which break if frozen (even a bit) to the SteriPEN Adventurer Opti Water Purifier. Show More Summary

2017 Backpacking Gear Gift Guide: 50 Gifts Under $50

Tis the season where we need to start thinking about holiday gifts for our hiking and backpacking friends and family. It’s tough to find great gifts that these picky fanatics will appreciate. Finding stocking stuffers and good giftsShow More Summary

Trip Planning Checklist for Day Hikes and Backpacking Trips

Why do people get lost or need to be rescued when they take a hike or journey into a backcountry area? One of the chief reasons is a lack of preparation and planning. One way to prepare yourself is to write up a trip plan to help you...Show More Summary

Osprey Talon 44 Backpack Review

The Osprey Packs Talon 44 Backpack is a lightweight pack with an adjustable torso length that’s good for weekend backpacking trips, technical day hikes, climbing, and peakbagging. Weighing 2 pounds 7 ounces, it can carry a remarkable...Show More Summary

Salomon X Ultra Winter Climashield Waterproof Boots Review

The Salomon X Ultra Winter CS Boot (available for men and women) is a lightweight insulated winter hiking boot that’s great for winter day hiking and snowshoeing. Insulated with 200 grams of Thinsulate, the X Ultra Winter Boot is rated for...Show More Summary

Hiking an Attitash Trail Traverse

The Attitash Trail runs west to east over Table Mountain and Big Attitash (Mtn) before dropping down to Diana’s Baths outside of North Conway. It’s a pretty trail to hike in autumn when the leaves have fallen and you can see views of peaks and waterfalls that are normally hidden by the trees. Show More Summary

How to Section Hike the Appalachian Trail: FAQ

People who section hike the Appalachian Trail, hike it a segment at a time, on weekends or whenever it’s convenient for them to get away for a few days. There’s no need to quit your job or school. While it’s not as glamorous or social...Show More Summary

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Packing Pods Review

Hyperlite Mountain Gear makes small and large packing pods which are the ultralight equivalent of the luggage packing cubes that people use to pack travel bags. They’re U-shaped to fit snugly into Hyperlite’s backpacks and can be used...Show More Summary

Zpacks Nero Frameless Ultralight Backpack Review

The Zpacks Nero is a frameless 38L ultralight backpack that weighs 10.9 ounces and is made with waterproof Dyneema Composite Fabric (DCF), formerly called cuben fiber. It’s seam taped inside, making it effectively waterproof so you don’t...Show More Summary

Climbing North and South Twin Mountains

“South Twin must be the most climbed mountain on the 4000 footer list”, said my friend Lisa, “It’s on the way to so many other peaks”. South Twin Mountain is at a cross roads for anyone hiking from the Pemigewasset Wilderness to the Zealand Valley or Crawford Notch areas of the White Mountain National Forest. Show More Summary

Enter for a Chance to Win a FREE Katabatic Gear Flex 40 Quilt Style Sleeping Bag

The Katabatic Gear Flex 40 is a premium quilt-style sleeping bag. It’s filled with 900 fill power goose down and comes with an effective sleeping pad attachment system to help prevent drafts from blowing under the edges of the quilt when you move around at night. Show More Summary

The Darn Tough Sock Guarantee

Hikers swear by Darn Tough’s wool socks because they last forever. Darn Tough even guarantees them for life, and will send you a replacement pair if you wear them out. I bought 6 pairs of Darn Tough Hiker Boot Socks three years ago and...Show More Summary

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