Ever wonder how people use the bungie cords on the front of their backpack? Those straps always seemed pointless until I started backpacking and cycling. So why do backpacks have bungie cords and how are they used? Backpack bungie cords are used to strap additional gear to the outside of… Read More »Why Do Backpacks Have Bungee Cords? aka Shock Cords
It seems like I run into a backpack carrying dog every time I hit the trail. There’s a good reason why dog packs are becoming more common. They allow your dog to carry their own gear reducing your pack weight, but are backpacks safe for dogs? Yes, backpacks are safe… Read More »Are Hiking Backpacks Safe For Dogs?
Does your dog have a dog backpack? My dog Zoey’s pack is one of the most useful items I’ve ever purchased, but it didn’t start out that way. I had no idea what to do with her pack when I first purchased it. How do you pack a dog backpack?… Read More »How to Pack a Dog Backpack: What Do You Put Inside?
Your dog can help carry the load, but how much can they actually carry? Don’t just load up your dogs pack and hope for the best. There’s a simple formula (refer to the table below) to figure out how much your dog can carry in a backpack. How much weight… Read More »How Much Weight Can My Dog Carry In a Backpack?
Can a 4-Season tent be used in the summer or will it be too hot? That’s a question most campers ask themselves when thinking about buying a new tent. The name implies that 4-Season tents can be used all year long, but that doesn’t doesn’t mean it’s a going to… Read More »Can You Use a 4 Season Tent in The Summer?
Backpackers have shifted away from external framed packs for lighter and sleeker internal frames. It doesn’t matter if you have an internal or external framed pack. They all serve the same basic purpose. Why do hiking backpacks have frames? Internal and External backpack frames provides structure to your pack and… Read More »Why Do Hiking Backpacks Have Frames?
Do you want to risk damaging your tent in the wind? Nobody wants their tent to blow away and collapse in bad weather. You can’t control the weather. So you will have to learn how to properly use tent stakes. How many tent stakes do I need? You need to… Read More »How Many Tent Stakes Do I Need?
Every backpacker has thought about ditching their rain pants. It doesn’t matter what pair of rain pants I wear, my pants always get wet! I didn’t realize how much I would sweat in rain pants until I started wearing them. What’s the point of rain pants if you still get… Read More »Do You Need Rain Pants For Backpacking?
Washing and drying wool clothing can be tricky at times. Throughout the years, I’ve shrunk more merino wool base layers than I care to admit. It doesn’t take long for a careless mistake to ruin your wool clothing. Looking back I can’t remember ever shrinking a pair of merino wool… Read More »Do Merino Wool Socks Shrink in The Washer and Dryer?
Ever wonder why people bother to use trekking pole baskets? Beginner hikers and backpackers don’t realize how well they work until they actually need them. They just don’t know when they should be using trekking pole baskets. So, when should I use trekking pole baskets? Trekking pole baskets should be… Read More »When Should I Use Trekking Pole Baskets?