Just before we left for our last Appalachian Trail adventure, we decided to carry only a single bag for the two of us. We’d spent hours trying to see if any of our existing sleeping bags would zip together. Five or six bags later, we had no matches. With only a few weeks before we’d […]
Having received a Blender Bottle GoStak to test some months ago, we’ve been trying to figure out uses for it while backpacking. As hard as we tried, we just couldn’t find a use for them in our very weight-conscious backpacks. It’s just hard to beat a lightweight inexpensive zip closure plastic bag. However, not all […]
Is my T-shirt smarter than me? While attending the grand opening of the REI store in Jacksonville earlier this year, we met the Columbia rep, who was showing off a demo of the company’s newest Omni-freeze Zero fabric. Sliding a tube of this new fabric onto my arm, he sprayed a mist of water onto […]
After months of using my Dorcy headlamp as just an everyday flashlight, the opportunity finally came to give it a real test. I headed off on the Florida Trail with the Dorcy 41-2093 as my do-everything light. Winter is the best time to hike in Florida. Cooler, and often with less bugs. But with winter […]
Several weeks ago, I was sent a Hydrapak for gear testing. Since I was headed out for a week’s worth of travel, I decided to pull out the hydration portion – bladder and tubes – and use the pack as my camera bag for my SLR and general day pack for hiking and tours. A […]
Keeping water out also means a pack can keep water in. That’s the delightful dual purpose we discovered while testing the Outdoor Products 20L Amphibian Weather Defense™ Backpack in the Florida Keys
Testing an Outdoor Products Canyon Weather Defense™ Backpack in foul weather conditions while hiking, we find it stands up to the test of keeping your gear dry.
A made-in-Florida product that we first saw on the Appalachian Trail two years ago, the Sawyer Mini is a lightweight filtration option we highly recommend after our trials.