Wool is by far one of the best insulating baselayers. Merino wool products are lightweight, moisture-wicking, extremely warm and naturally resistant to bacterial growth. It seems like every backpacker leans towards merino wool socks, but what if you’re allergic to wool? Every baselayer seems to use some kind of wool… Read More »Wool Sock Alternatives For Wool Allergies
Keeping your pack light on long backpacking trips is a serious challenge. There’s a fine line between reducing weight and being unprepared. Reducing your clothing load is one of the easiest ways to reduce pack weight. Doing Laundry on The Trail If you’re only going to be on the trail… Read More »How to Do Laundry While Camping and Backpacking
Self inflating sleeping pads are the perfect choice for campers and backpackers. They’re lightweight, pack down tight and increase your sleep systems R-Value. How do self inflating sleeping pads work if they don’t rely on pumps? You don’t need a pump to inflate a self inflating sleeping pad, just open… Read More »How Do Self Inflating Sleeping Pads Work?
Before purchasing my first self inflating sleeping pad I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea how long it would actually take to fully inflate my sleeping pad. So how long does a sleeping pad take to inflate? How Long Does a Self Inflating Pad Take To… Read More »How Long Does a Self Inflating Sleeping Pad Take to Inflate?
If you’re tossing and turning at night there’s probably something wrong with your sleeping pad setup. Inflatable and self-inflating sleeping pad should be very comfortable, but it doesn’t take much to mess them up. There’s a fine line between an overinflated and underinflated pad! How much air does it take… Read More »How Much Air To Inflate a Sleeping Pad?
I’m the type of person that tosses and turns all night long. That might be fine in my king-sized bed, but not in a sleeping pad. Sleeping pads just never seemed to work for me. After listening to a buddies recommendation I eventually switched over to the inflatable Therm-A-Rest NeoAir… Read More »How to Stop Rolling Off Your Sleeping Pad
Ever get sand in your knife or multi-tool? A little bit of sand can quickly turn your prized pocket knife into a serious headache. Every time you open it up you hear the telltale sound of sand scraping against metal. It sounds like crinkling sandpaper every time you touch it.… Read More »How To: Get Sand Out Of a Knife or Multi-Tool
Maybe there are a few oddballs out there, but trekking poles almost always have wrist straps. Whether or not you actually use them is another story. Walk down any popular trail and only a tiny fraction of hikers actually use their straps. Those thin little straps dangling from the top… Read More »Do You Need to Use Trekking Pole Wrist Straps?
You’re shopping for a new day pack; it’s a perfect fit, feels comfortable, and just big enough to fit your needs without overdoing it. There’s just one problem. It doesn’t come with a hydration pack, but it’s labeled hydration compatible. What does hydration compatible mean? Hydration compatible packs don’t come… Read More »What Does Hydration Compatible Mean?
Ever buy a brand new pair of hiking boots, get them home and they’re not what you’re expecting? Unfortunately, with the rise of online shopping, this has happened more than I’m willing to admit. This just happened to me a couple of weeks ago. The boots felt so comfortable, but… Read More »Why Do Hiking Boots Squeak? Here’s a Simple Fix