Category Archives: Backpacking Gear Review

Snow Lizard SLXtreme 7 iPhone Case

I have had my eye on this product for a while now. It is an iPhone case that is made very well and will hold up to the most rugged adventures. To boot, it also has an attached solar panel which trickle charges the integrated battery AND it is waterproof. You could not ask for anything better in my opinion. In this video, I go over some of the features of the case and why I finally got one.

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DIY Low Cost Gravity Water Filter for Backpacking and Hiking

I normally use a Saywer Squeeze system to filter my water when I am out hiking and backpacking. If you have ever used one, you know that filling the bag that comes with it is next to impossible. I know most folks use a cut off bottle to do it. But then when you do finally get it filled you have to awkwardly fill your clean bottle in the weirdest of positions. I wanted something easy to fill that I could just let gravity do the work so that is why I did some research on YouTube and found a system I liked. In this video, I show you how to make one for yourself using a filter and bag you can get on Amazon. The filter is called a hyrdoblu and I tested it fully this weekend and it works great. The flow rate is acceptable and filling up the bag is very easy no matter what kind of water source you are using. The best part of it is that the filter is relatively cheap on amazon. You can find it here: http://amzn.to/2yKt33y You could also use a dry bag of whatever size you like, for instance in the video I am using a 2L dry bag, but you could use a larger one for group camping. Here is an example of one that comes in many sizes: http://amzn.to/2xX9PZm

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Gander Mountain Guide Series Hiking Shorts

I recently also purchased a  new pair of hiking shorts that were very comfortable and really helped my range of motion when tackling elevation. I also wanted to pass this recommendation along to you.

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Gander Mountain Guide Series Hiking Shirt

I recently purchased a new hiking shirt and I am pretty excited about it. It is so much more comfortable than the cotton shirts I had been using. Much more breathable. I wanted to pass along this recommendation.

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The One80 Light

I backed this product on Kickstarter a few months ago and recently received it in the mail. This headlamp is pretty awesome if i do say so myself. I like the fact that no bear can sneak up from the side of me while I am night hiking. I will be able to see him coming. I also like the fact that it is so light and flexible. I like this so much better than a traditional light. I plan on using this one for a long time. You can watch the video here: The One80 Light

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Outad Camp Chair

Finally got around to reviewing my Outad camp chair. Now the main reason i got this chair initially was because of the fact that I know it will hold up to 330lbs and most of the other ones I looked at could not hold as much. But then also, it folds down pretty small and weighs just under 2 lbs itself. I have used it for a while now and really like it. It is pretty comfy and sturdy as long as you don’t rock back and forth in it You can watch the video here: Outad Camp Chair

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Gander Mountain Sport Climber Trail Shoes

Got a new pair of summer hiking shoes. I decided to go with the Gander Mountain Sport Climber Trail Shoes because they were cheaper and I knew I was not going to be using them much. I do like them but have a few reservations about the eyelets. In this video I go through some of the features. You can watch the video here: Gander Mountain Sport Climber Trail Shoes

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