Gear Reviews

Summer 2014 Outdoor Retailer Best of Show (Tech)

Outdoor Retailer Best of Show

Some think that the outdoors and technology shouldn't mix. But I have always believed that technology can make your outdoor experience better. In this Best of Show we have included some of the newest electronic technology that we saw during the Outdoor Retailer Show. Some of it is now available and others will be soon. I am sure you will find something that you want. 

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Summer 2014 Outdoor Retailer Best of Show (Part 2)

Best of the Outdoor Retailer Show

It is always hard to figure out what to include in these Best of Show guides and what products just to don't make it. There is only so much room. In this Best of Show we found products to help you in your travels, tents that are both light and functional, gear to help you enjoy the water and more.  We hope you find this gear has interesting and innovative as we did.

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Summer 2014 Outdoor Retailer Best of Show (Part 1)

Best of the OR Show

Twice a year companies around the world come to Salt Lake City to show off all their newest gear at the Outdoor Retailer Show. Each year that I go I am always looking for that next great development that will make my outdoor lifestyle even better. This show definitely didn't disappoint with some great new products coming in 2015. Read on to see what you will need to put on your wish list. 

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Sierra Designs Lightning 2 Tent review

Sierra Designs Lightning 2 Tent

If you are looking to cut some weight out of your backpacking pack, I always suggest looking at your sleep system: Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad. For most people you can easily shave off 3 to 4 pounds by replacing heavier items with lighters ones. And for those that are in need of replacing their tent, the Sierra Designs Lightning 2 tent is a great option if you would like to save a little weight.

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Hydrapak SoftFlask Gear Review

Hydrapak SoftFlask

If you ever took a look inside the cabinet above my stove, the first thing you would say would be, “this guy does not need any more water bottles.” And if you said that, I would probably agree, or at least seem like I was agreeing with you. My wife on the other hand would totally agree and tells me all the time that if I bring another bottle home, I need to get rid of one. The truth is I am always looking for that next bottle that will be a game changer.

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Mountainsmith Apex 80 gear review

Mountainsmith Apex 80

I am an amatuer backpacker with experience roaming around in the Wind Rivers, Zion National Park, Yosemite, and other great sites in the western United States.  My latest adventure has been working for a wilderness therapy program in southern Utah.  Its a great job, but puts a lot of wear and tear on the body, the mind, and especially gear.  

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