2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Backpacking, Hiking and Camping

Princeton Tec Helix Backcountry

When putting together this holiday gift guide we tried to only include things that we would love to own ourselves. That way, we could be fairly certain that anyone who received one of these products as a gift would enjoy it. We have included everything from stocking stuffers to a car tent over a $1,000. We are confident that you will be able to find that perfect gift.

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.

Fall 2015 Backpacking Gear Guide

Fjallraven Kaipak 58

Fall is a great time to get into the outdoors. The temperatures start to fall and the leaves start to change colors. Backpacking is a great way to see fall and all its beauties up close and personal. As with all outdoor adventures having the right gear can truly make it a better experience. We have found some great gear this year and hope that you will agree. 

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.  

Olicamp ION Micro Stove and Space Saver Mug Combo Gear Review

For me, having a reliable way to boil water while out in the backcountry is important. This usually means having something to boil the water in, like a pot, pan or mug and something to boil the water on, like a fire or stove. I prefer using a stove over fire when boiling water as it is quick and easy. There are many stoves on the market but few, if any, as small and light as the Olicamp ION Micro stove. 

Spring 2014 Backpacking Gear Guide

Sierra Designs Lightning 2

Backpacking is a great way to get out in the wilderness and get away from cell phone coverage. This guide is full of backpacking gear that will work for both men and women. We have tried to include a few different options for packs, tents and sleeping bags. All in all we have found 18 great products that will help you get out of the house and onto a nearby trail to find some solitude and peace. Happy backpacking!