Does the inside of your raincoat leak? If it does, you need to take a good look at the inside to check the seams. You should either see taped seams, or glue/plastic welded seams. If the tapes ripping/flaking apart or the glued seams are tearing you’ve found the problem. Luckily… Read More »How To Seam Seal Waterproof Raincoats So They Don’t Leak
It can be hard to set a price range for gear when you’re first getting into camping. Some of the basic gear can be easy, but there are 1000’s of tents to choose from ranging from $10 into the $1000+ range. Obviously most people don’t need top of the line… Read More »How Much Should You Spend On A Tent?
You can find pit zips in the armpits of many waterproof hard shell jackets. As the name implies, they’re usually located right inside the armpit (or close to it) to provide airflow, but do they actually work? Are pit zips worth it and when would I need them? You should… Read More »Do I Need Jacket Pit Zips? What Are Pit Zips and Are They Worth It?
I like using my Nalgene for hot tea and coffee so I’ve often been tempted to put it in the microwave. Insulated covers help keep my drinks warm for a little bit, but they always cool before I can finish the entire bottle. They’re fine to use with boiling water,… Read More »Can You Microwave A Nalgene Water Bottle?
Packing for your first backpacking trip can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Picking out lightweight gear is fairly straightforward, but people carry more clothes than they actually need. Socks seem to be the biggest problem area most people have. Do you really need to carry a fresh… Read More »How Many Pairs Of Socks Should I Bring On a Backpacking Trip?
Dealing with a broke or stuck backpack zipper can be seriously annoying. The zipper pops open randomly or they just feel impossible to zip. Luckily, there are easy ways to lubricate or fix a broken zipper, but it’s important to understand what caused them to break in the first place.… Read More »Why Do Backpack Zippers Break and How Can I Fix It?
I have more carabiners than any men could possibly use. They range in quality from dollar store junk to the climbing carabiners I trust my life with. After looking into the weight ratings of cheap carabiners I don’t know why I still have them. So how much weight can a… Read More »How Much Weight Can a Carabiner Hold?
Phthalates have been widely used in plastic products for over 50 years and they can have a significant impact in your health.Phthalates have been eliminated in most consumer products over the last decade, but they’re still found in low quality plastic water bottles. I use my Nalgene water bottle almost… Read More »Do Nalgene Bottles Have Phthalates?
Finding a way to filter water is extremely important on multi-day backpacking trips. There’s no way to haul in all the water you need, so you’ll have to find a way to filter and purify water along the way. With so many different purifiers and filters on the market how… Read More »What’s The Best Way To Filter Water On Backpacking Trips?
Almost every tent on the market comes with tent stakes, but are they necessary. Obviously some tents use the stakes for structural integrity, but that’s not the case with freestanding tents. It almost seems like they’re completely unnecessary. Do you need to stake a freestanding tent? Stakes are always a… Read More »Do You Need To Stake A Freestanding Tent?