Category: Gear Reviews

Aqua Quest Mariner 10L Backpack

There are many manufacturers of dry bags and backpacks that claim they are waterproof, however, the reality is, many of these packs don’t keep your belongings dry if they are submerged in water for a short time or… Read More

The BioLite Stove: Bringing Advanced Tech to the Backcountry

I was browsing the internet when I came across an amazing new invention on the market, the Biolite Stove. Using an innovative energy efficient design, the creators of the Biolite Camp stove have created a portable, backpacking friendly… Read More

Kahtoola Microspikes Review

The original pocket sized slip-on spike traction systems, the Kahtoola Microspikes are a favorite among winter hikers and trail runners. Lightweight, versatile and durable, this traction system can be added to any type of shoe or boot to… Read More

Kahtoola KTS Aluminum Crampons

For many winter hikers using a full on pair of high end crampons isn’t practical. Most crampons are designed to be worn on stiff mountaineering boots that have a rigid sole and substantial heel and toe welts. However,… Read More

The North Face Base Camp Duffel

A lot of gear manufacturers are getting smarter these days by adding great features to their packs and bags but even with all these features, few can boast an almost indestructable durability in their products. The North Face… Read More

Black Diamond Distance Z-Poles Trekking Poles

After being spoiled with REI’s Women’s Traverse Shocklight Hiking Poles I was reluctant to purchase and bring another pair with me on my 3+ month long backpacking trip abroad. However, I was looking to reduce the weight of… Read More

Black Diamond Revolt Headlamp

Dissapointed with the performance of my previous Petzl headlamp, the Tikka XP2, and on my way to Central America for 3+ months, I needed a new, reliable piece of lighting. Having previously picked up some of Goal Zero’s portable… Read More

2013 Lessons and Reviews About Backpacking Packs for Petite Women

Over the last few years I have been on the never ending search for the perfect 45L backpacking, traveling and trekking pack. Soon, I will again be doing some adventure traveling and backpacking, this time an extended trip… Read More

2013 Gregory Jade 60

There are several pack manufacturers currently available that make women’s specific backpacking packs. Among them, I’ve found that the most comfortable, customized fitting, highest quality packs are made by a company called Gregory Mountain Products.

Osprey Ariel 65 Women’s Pack

Osprey is a well known pack manufacturer here in the US who makes a wide variety of traveling, backpacking and hiking packs. Fortunately in their more expensive backpacking models, Osprey has come out with XS versions for those… Read More

WRSI Current Helmet

There are plenty of watersports helmets out there but WRSI (Whitewater Research and Safety Institute) tops the list when it comes to helmet adjustability and comfort. Their standard model is the Current Helmet and it comes in a variety of… Read More

Black Diamond Women’s Blast Pack

Black Diamond, known for their climbing gear, also makes some high quality packs for both day trips and week long adventures. I was searching for a women’s specific 25 liter or so day pack with comfortable suspension and… Read More

Ultralight Backpacking, Traveling and Trekking Packs of 2013

Are you looking for the latest ultralight backpacking, travelling and trekking packs? I was recently searching for a quality ultralight pack for a 3 month stay in Nicaragua and put together this quick list of superlight packs that… Read More

Goal Zero Nomad 7 and Guide 10 Plus Solar Charging Kit Review

Tired of having to worry about remembering to shut the cell phone off when you’re headed out for a hike to save the battery? Worry no more! In the last few years manufacturers have been coming out with… Read More

Osprey Ariel 55 Women’s Pack

Osprey makes a few products that come in XS torso sizing for smaller individuals. I was excited that for 2013 they added an XS version to their Ariel 55 product line and in my search for the perfect… Read More

Petzl Elia Climbing Helmet

It’s nice to see outdoor gear manufacturers making more and more women’s speific gear. Petzl, Black Diamond and Camp USA all make a women’s version of climbing helmets. As a last minute buy, I picked up the women’s… Read More

2013 Gregory Sage 35 Pack

Last winter I was doing some day hiking and my typical day pack just didn’t have enough volume or features to fit all the necessary winter gear. I had also been on the search for a minimalist overnight… Read More

Black Diamond Pro Raven Ice Axe

This past winter I took my winter hiking to the next level and took a couple ice climbing and mountaineering courses. One of the many new pieces of gear I had to pick up was a mountaineering ice… Read More

Granite Gear Vapor Day Ki

When looking for a pack greater than 20L it is important to find one that is not only comfortable but fits your body properly. When I first saw the Vapor Day Ki in the store I noticed the very… Read More

Therm-a-Rest Women’s ProLite

When it comes to sleeping pads, Therm-a-rest offers a wide variety of durable, well performing models. They make three types of sleeping pads: the Fast and Light Series for backpackers and those looking for a compact, lightweight pad;… Read More