Category Archive: Hiking

REI Traverse 28 Pack

REI Traverse 28 DayPack Review

Recently there has been a trend in daypacks that I fully support – the inclusion of a real frame. The REI Traverse 28 Pack is an example of this new breed of pack. While I appriciate a light load I always prefer a pack that has the ability to carry additional weight when needed. This could be […]

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Adventure Medical Kits Adventure Dog Series Trail Dog Medical Kit

Adventure Medical Trail Dog First Aid Kit Review

Let’s face it – life is better with a dog. But… life can also be very complicated with a dog. This is especially true when they decide to try and eat a porcupine or think that backing an angry animal into a hole is a good idea. I love having a trail companion with me but until recently […]

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Superband Premium Insect Repellent Bracelet

Superband PREMIUM Insect Repellent Bracelet Review

Over the weekend I made a huge mistake. Its something that doesn’t normally happen. I overlooked a minute detail and it caused a huge impact on the trip I had planned. That detail… mosquitoes. The Superband PREMIUM Insect Repellent Bracelet is the product I wish I had brought with me and will now be stored in my […]

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Outdoor Products 20L Amphibian Weather Defense Day Pack

Outdoor Products 20L Amphibian Weather Defense Daypack Review

In my opinion Outdoor Products is one of the most underrated outdoor brands out there. I use several 10 year old dry bags they don’t make anymore on all of my kayak and whitewater adventures. I expect them to keep going strong for another 10 years. So when Outdoor Products reached out and asked me to review their 20L Amphibian […]

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Bear Valley Pemmican Bar

Bear Valley Pemmican Bar Review

Next up on the list of energy bars to test is the Bear Valley Pemmican Bar – specifically the Fruit ‘N Nut blend.  So far I have been surprised how much I have liked the various different energy bars I’ve tested out. Almost all of them have tasted great, almost. That trend was broken with the Bear Valley […]

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Pure Bar Fruit & Nut Energy Bar Review

Another day another bar. Today I’m testing out the Pure Bar Fruit & Nut energy bars. They are certified organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan – pretty much the opposite of a Power Bar. Thankfully the taste was the opposite of a Powerbar as well! Sorry Powerbar, I don’t mean to pick on you. I tried out […]

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Hummingbird Hammocks Tree Straps

Hummingbird Hammocks Tree Straps Reivew

Hummingbird Hammocks is one of my favorite new brands on the market.  I reviewed their first product (the single person hammock) and loved it (it’s still my go to hammock) but was disappointed by the hanging options available to me. I looked at various solutions from Dutch Ware, Anti Gravity Gear, Dream Hammock and Arrowhead […]

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Outdoor Research Radar Rain Cap

Outdoor Research Helium Radar Rain Cap Review

I was recently shown the Outdoor Research Helium Radar Rain Cap and was immediately intrigued. The Helium line by Outdoor Research is their best selling rain gear line and includes my favorite rain shell – the Helium II – so the addition of a cool hat using similar technology got me excited. Need a super […]

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Epic Energy Bars

Epic Energy Bar Review

Epic Energy Bars intrigued me.  If you haven’t heard of them they are essentially a “premium meat snack” that is packaged like an energy bar. They come in three flavors: lamb currant mint, turkey almond cranberry, and bison bacon cranberry.  After seeing them on the shelves of REI for a while I decided to take the […]

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Cheap Spring Gear Upgrades

Its that time of year when you pull out the gear you haven’t used in a while and start to get excited about spring and summer activities. Washing, re-waterproofing, cleaning, and repairing are all top of mind.  One small upgrade many people forget about is their trekking pole tips.

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