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Toaks Light 550ml Pot Reivew

Update: I’ve been emailed asking about where to buy this pot. Looking around it seems they’re no longer stocked by zpacks or other retailers that once did, there is a couple in stock on random sites intermittently (google can help you there), Aliexpress has a few of the larger 600/700ml light versions but none in that perfect 550ml form factor. My Amazon link at the end of this post will take you to the correct product page but I’ve noticed…

Leatherman Squirt PS4 Review after 10 years of abuse

I’ve used and abused 3 Leatherman Squirt PS4’s over 10 years – If you’re looking for an ultralight backpacking knife with a few extra tools – The squirt is the multitool for you. I’ve lost two of these tools to the TSA and still every day carry the third on my keys. I’ve used it successfully for backpacking, day hiking, and various round the house jobs. I’ve even used it to fix my car a few times. Since this tool…

Mountain Hardwear Finder Jacket Review

The Mountain Hardwear Finder Jacket is a 2 layer rain jacket that gets suprisingly little coverage from the backpacking community. While not a full 3 layer rain jacket, the Finder Jacket, in both women’s and men’s, is able to hold up relatively well in a rainstorm or quick downpour. For non alpine use the Mountain Hardwear Finder Jacket is an excellent entry level rain jacket with an entry level price. Mountain Hardwear Finder Jacket Men’s On Women’s On Pros Excellent…

Sleeping Bags for Hiking: How to choose

Sleeping bags are expensive, and the right one could be with you for 20 years or more. Choosing the right sleeping bag is therefore quite an important decision. Sleeping bags are also one of the big 3 items backpackers need: backpack, shelter, and sleeping bag (and pad.) They’re called the big three because they weigh a lot and their quality and performance can impact your experiences in a big way. While shopping around for a sleeping bag, you will find…

Hiking Backpacks: How to choose

Choosing a backpack for hiking or backpacking can be super tough. This guide will help demystify the different aspects you should look at when picking a hiking backpack. I’ve also included a few tips that can be the difference between a comfortable and uncomfortable days carry. While this how to guide is geared towards backpacking and hiking you might just find it useful for picking out a backpack for travel or even day to day commuting. Choosing a backpack is…

Casio F-91W Review – 10 Years Later

The Casio F-91W, the tried and true ultralight backpackers watch that might just get you sent to guantanamo. I’m on my third Casio F-91W. After being tired of finding my phone stuck in my jean pockets when all I need is the time I found myself searching for a watch. What I found was a rediculous number of sometimes insanely priced watches. All I wanted: A simple watch Preferably digital An alarm The date, and A couple meters of water…

Osprey Quasar Review

Looking at picking up an Osprey Quasar 28? The Osprey Quasar 28 is a superb commuter backpack that can also serve just as well as a daypack for those who hike. Osprey Quasar 28 Read Reviews & Buy On Pros Lightweight and quality construction Usually stands upright Great comfort and back padding Lifetime warranty Fits 15″ laptop Hipbelt for stabalization while biking to work Cons Laptop sleeve is a little thin – designed with apple laptops in mind Secondary tablet…

Osprey Nebula Review (34L)

Looking at picking up an Osprey Nebula 34? Not a bad choice if I do say so myself. The Osprey Nebula 34 is a superb commuter backpack that can easily double for minimalist travel or one bagging. The Osprey Nebula 34 Read Reviews & Buy On Pros Lightweight build Stands upright Quality construction Great back comfort Lifetime warranty Fits laptop Hipbelt is removable Cons Laptop sleeve is a little thin – designed with apple laptops in mind Secondary tablet sleeve…

Marmot Helium Review

The Marmot Helium is a 15 degree down backpacking sleeping bag with winter temperature ratings that packs a lot of warmth for its weight. The 800+ fill goose down keeps weight down without going over the top on price. The 20d inner shell reduces weight while the 30d outer shell increases water resistance and improves durability and longevity. Coming in at almost 2lb’s (935g), the Marmot Helium is hard to fault, checking a lot of boxes for us looking for…

Petzl Actik Review

Picking a headlamp can be tough – Lots of options, lots of different specs, does anyone actually know what a lumen is? and worst of all, lots of unrealistic claims about battery life! I’m hoping this review can fill in the gaps and let you decide for yourself if this is the right head lamp for you. The Petzl Actik, a new 2017 offering, is one of the nicer headlamps we’ve seen this year. The Actik offers all of your…