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Backpacking Gear

March 6, 2017

When it comes to outerwear for rain protection, striking a balance between waterproofness, breathability, and weight is one of the classic struggles of the outdoors lifestyle. This is the realm of high tech fabrics that usually have a narrow window within which they function well, but it’s a window that can be hard to work within in the real world.…

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December 21, 2016

Alright, let’s get one more of these “favorites” posts this year! Remember, these are just my favorites, they don’t have to be yours, but you can always leave a comment if there’s a favorite something you want to give a shout out to. Gadgets often translates to “electronic stuff” but that seemed rather limiting, so I have added a few…

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November 18, 2016

Hey Fam. The holidays are back already! Hopefully you’ve had a good year out on the trails, and we know you’ll be #OptingOutside on the blackest of fridays… right? Of course you are, because who the F wants to get trampled by a bunch of yokels at Wally World, clawing and fighting their way to the top of a pile…

Read the PostGifts for Runners, Hikers, and Backpackers 2016

September 16, 2016

This is the first in a few short posts that will highlight a few of my personal favorite things. Just because they’re my favorites, doesn’t mean they’re your favorites, which by the way you can feel free to post in the comments. Remember, don’t trust people with blogs, especially if they recommend things or give you the “best of”! It’s…

Read the PostFavorites – Socks, Undies, and Tees

June 10, 2016

When you’re shaving ounces, or grams from your pack weight it’s easy to overlook stuff sacks. DCF stuff sacks are a good way to reduce weight, and if you use multiple stuff sacks for food, clothing, tent stakes, or other odds and ends you might be surprised how much switching to lightweight sacks can amount to in savings. Of course…

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March 14, 2016

This post will be part of an ongoing academic project on GPS error. This is not exactly breakthrough research, but it’s a fun project that I’ll share here for anyone else who recognizes their inner geek, and seeing as today is Pi Day the timing is perfect! Many of us rely on GPS to either follow an existing path, record…

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December 14, 2015

Is it stocking stuffer help you seek? Maybe you’re a little low on cash money this holiday season, or it could be you just need some inspiration to come up with that special something for your lumberjack or woodswoman. Let us help! It’s the giving time of year again! Everything listed below is around $20 or less. Some of these…

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November 23, 2015

So here’s something new and different… This is a gadget I designed and made with a 3D printer. I wanted to think of a really snazzy name for it but just settled on “The Party Hat”. It’s a party in your mouth? No. It’s a party in your pants? No. It’s a party in your pyramid! YES! Wait, what?! This…

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November 16, 2015

Salomon running and hiking shoes have been a good balance for me over the past few years. The Sense Mantra is the shoe I have put more miles on than any other (regardless of brand) and has proven to be a solid performer in my book. The design of the Sense Mantra (like many of Salomon’s shoes) strikes a good…

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August 24, 2015

Outdoor Products got in touch with me earlier this year and sent me out a couple of packs to check out. The company name is somewhat ambiguous but everyone I showed the packs to almost immediately recognized their logo… “oh I’ve seen those in [insert big box store here]”. Yep, they sell at most major outdoor retailers, and they’re a…

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