GSI Glacier Stainless Vacuum Bottle Review

If you are anything like me, coffee is a staple in your outdoor lifestyle. Even if you don’t share the same love for coffee, or you are taking a break from the caffeinated life, you may find another use for storing hot and cold beverages when traveling or adventuring.  The GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Vacuum …

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Review: Lu Lu Lemon’s Metal Vent Tech Shirt

Staying relatively scent-free is a luxury when backpacking, hiking, and camping. It’s awesome when a shirt is designed to not only help you keep smelling good, but also boast a lightweight, breathable design.  The Lu Lu Lemon Metal Vent Tech shirt gets that done, and more, with sleek performance and design.  Here’s the scoop on …

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Review: GSI Pinnacle Camper Cookset

When heading out into the backcountry or frontcountry, food planning, packing, and preparation is always a priority!  For years, many of us have battled with stainless steel pots, non-stick frying pans, heavy mugs, and other kitchenware. Fortunately, in recent years, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number and quality of backcountry appliances for food …

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Review: Root Beer GU Energy Gel

For years, GU has provided athletes and recreation enthusiasts with quality products to keep fueled and moving forward. GU Energy Gels are designed to deliver lasting energy that can be easily digested to be used efficiently and quickly for bodily exertion. Like many energy gels, GU’s gels contain a “carbohydrate blend,” otherwise known as a …

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Review: STRONG & KIND Thai Sweet Chili Snack Bars

Talk about a unique flavor! I know what you’re thinking right now… “Thai Sweet Chili? Woa!” That’s right!  And it’s pretty incredible! In recent years, KIND has grown to be widely known in the “granola bar” world–maybe more properly labeled as snacks and snack bars. With a dynamic business philosophy and an entrepreneurial mindset, KIND …

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Review: Switch Lynx Sunglasses

How many different styles and brands of sunglasses are out there?  The number of options seem endless sometimes… but the brand Switch offers something truly unique that is worth investigating in the world of outdoor optics.  Check it out: Switch sunglasses use a magnetic interchange technology that literally allows you to pop the lenses out …

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Review: Hydrapak Stash Bottle

This summer, I reported on Hydrapak’s line of collapsible water bottles as seen at the Summer Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City.  At that time, the Stash bottle was unveiled as Hydrapak’s newest compact water bottle.  This new collapsible water bottle is one of their most unique products, featuring a locking system that will keep …

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Review: GU Roctane Endurance Gel

Above and beyond normal energy gels, GU has released the Roctane Endurance Gel series after years of testing with thousands of athletes who have engaged in extreme activities and endurance competitions. Roctane Gels are superior to GU’s original energy gel recipes through the addition of new ingredients formulated to add more performance punch. Roctane offers …

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Review: Chaco Holbuck Boots

Known so well for their outdoor sandals, Chaco has now expanded into the realm of boots and other styles of footwear.  The Holbuck Boots are a prime example of Chaco’s innovation and expansion, as one of the first releases in their new series. I’m not going to lie. Immediately, I was a bit hesitant: “Chaco …

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Review: Hama Katoomba 150L Vario Side Sling-Bag

Just looking at the Katoomba 150, you can tell there is more than meets the eye. This DSLR camera sling bag offers a sturdy build from quality materials combined with a clever design, making it perfect for your next adventure. Specs The main compartment is where the magic is. Spacious enough for your DSLR and …

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Review: Tubbs Xpedition Snowshoe

Tired of being stuck inside because your favorite trails are still covered in a blanket of snow? Hit the trail with Tubbs Xpedition Snowshoe! Specs Designed for backcountry use, the Xpedition is loaded with features that will get you where you want to go, no matter how deep the snow is. The Pro-Step frame is …

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Review: Tubbs FLEX ALP Snowshoe

Just because the meteorologist called for a few inches of snow does not mean you have to abandon your backcountry weekend plans. During a recent winter snowstorm that sent the balmy South into a deep freeze we hit the trail to try out the Tubbs Flex ALP Snowshoes on the snowy slopes of the highest …

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Review: Looprope

The Looprope is a new twist on the old bungee cord. Created by Jeff Dahl in 2009, the Looprope was born of frustration from the age-old problem – “how can I tie down a tarp in a truck bed without the hassle of knots, and feet of tangled rope?” The Looprope is composed of a …

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Gear Review: MSR MicroRocket

The MSR MicroRocket is designed so be ultralight, strong and compact and is a great addition to any backpacker’s pack. What initially appealed to me is how light this single burner stove is, coming in at just 73g (2.6oz) not including fuel canister weight. The stove easily folds up and is compact enough to store …

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Review: Adidas Kanadia Shoes for Hiking

Hiking is one of my favorite things to do. But, like anything else, it’s usually more enjoyable if you’re prepared with the right gear, particularly when it comes to shoes. There are many different kinds of hiking shoes available, designed for all kinds of people, terrain, temperatures, and weather. After wearing various hiking shoes over …

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