It doesn’t matter how carefully we treat our shoes, they’ll eventually end up needing to be repaired. The soles tear away, holes form along the seams, and they fall apart. Don’t toss out your old pair of shoes just yet. You can usually salvage your favorite pair of shoes with… Read More »Can You Use Gorilla Glue For Shoe Soles? How Does It Hold Up?
I never understood why so many people have red laces on their hiking boots. Obviously, not every pair of boots have red laces, but it’s more common than on any other type of shoes. That always seemed weird to me! Hiking boots are meant to be tough and red laces… Read More »Why Do Hiking Boots Have Red Laces? Red Laced Hiking Boots Explained
The Thermarest Pump Sack serves two purposes. You can use it to blow up your sleeping pad, but it can also be used for storing gear. It has a similar size to a 20 liter bag so it can hold lots of gear, but is it waterproof? Is the Thermarest… Read More »Is The Thermarest Pump Sack Waterproof? It Depends!
Inflatable sleeping pads haven’t changed much over the past couple of decades, but valve styles have changed over the years. The old style twist lock valves are being replaced by flat valves and Theremarest even has a speed valve that works like a roll top bag. There are advantages and… Read More »Sleeping Pad Valve Types Explained
A sleeping pads thickness is one of the most important factors when it comes to comfort. Increasing a sleeping pads thickness will almost always result in more comfort, but there is a tradeoff. Thicker pads are heavier and harder to pack. So where should you draw the line? How thick… Read More »How Thick Should A Sleeping Pad Be For Camping?
Choosing the right size sleeping pad can mean the difference between restful sleep and tossing and turning all night. Unfortunately some pads won’t be big enough for averaged sized guys. Your arms will be hanging off the sides and your legs will be dangling off the end. Sleeping pads come… Read More »What Size Sleeping Pad Do I Need? Sleeping Pad Length and Width Explained
As a longtime hiker, I’ve really struggled with plantar fasciitis over the years.The traditional advice never seemed to work for me. My doctor recommended a few stretches and told me to stay off my feet for a few months. That’s easier said than done when you work on your feet… Read More »Hiking With Plantar Fasciitis! The Cure To Hiking With Plantar Fasciitis Pain
Older screw style trekking poles are notorious for getting stuck, but even newer poles have issues. Preventative maintenance helps, but what if your poles are already stuck? How do you fix a stuck trekking pole? Fixing a stuck trekking pole is usually easy. Start off by trying to free it… Read More »Help My Trekking Poles Stuck! How To Fix Stuck Trekking Poles
Camping in 40 degree weather can be a serious challenge. You don’t have to deal with the problems that come with freezing temperatures, but staying warm can be a serious challenge. Everything you do will be a little bit harder! You’ll be cold and miserable if you don’t have the… Read More »How To: Tent Camping In 40 Degree Weather Without Getting Cold
Let’s face a simple fact, quality tents are expensive. My 3-Person tent was over $200 and I’d hate to see it get damaged. Tent footprints are a great way to protect your tent floor, but are they worth the cost ($20-$40+)? Do I need a tent footprint? Tent footprints protect… Read More »Do I Need A Tent Footprint aka Ground Cloth?