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Extending Pack Capacity (On The Side): Part 2: The Solution

Extending Pack Capacity (On The Side): Part 2: The Solution

Accentuate The Positives, Eliminate The Negatives Preface We were a little downbeat and negative in Part 1, so in Part 2 we'll try and provide a little positivity and hope, as we investigate a [...] Read more

Extending Pack Capacity (On The Side): Part 1: The Problem

Extending Pack Capacity (On The Side): Part 1: The Problem

The Problem with Pouches, Pockets and Dry Bags Preface So, you really like your pack but you want to carry extra stuff? Easy ... go out and buy a new, larger pack - the outdoor industry can't wait to [...] Read more

Scramble's G-Mod 55 Deluxe Solo / UL 2-Person Tarp - Final Release

Scramble's G-Mod 55 Deluxe Solo / UL 2-Person Tarp - Final Release

Scramble's G-Mod 55 & Variants The G-Mod 55 is a minimalist deluxe solo / ultralight 2 person tarp designed to be setup quickly in harsh conditions with minimal fuss. Targeted specifically at [...] Read more

Best Trekking Mug

Best Trekking Mug

Tatonka's Expedition Mug Preface As always, we're looking at the Tatonka Expedition Mug from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test item: Expedition Mug Kit Tests: [...] Read more

Best Water Bottle & Carry Pouch (MOLLE, Belt System)

Best Water Bottle & Carry Pouch (MOLLE, Belt System)

US GI 1 Quart Canteen & Bulldog Tactical Gear's Laser MOLLE Medium Upright Utility Pouch Preface This review will be most relevant to those who prefer climbing or military "patrol" packs that [...] Read more

Best Trekking Trouser Belt

Best Trekking Trouser Belt

Edelrid's Turley Belt Preface Though we're predominantly looking at the Turley belt, this review is as much a piece about a specific type of belt (or accurately a type of buckle) and below we've [...] Read more

Tarp + Bivvy Bag (1. Tarp): Best Deluxe Solo / 2 Person UL Tarp

Tarp + Bivvy Bag (1. Tarp): Best Deluxe Solo / 2 Person UL Tarp

Scramble's G-Mod 55 Deluxe Solo / 2-Person UL Tarp Preface To understand how we arrived at the tarp + bivvy bag setup for long duration treks in warmer conditions, please read our companion post [...] Read more

Tarp + Bivvy Bag (2. Bivi): Best Bivy Sack

Tarp + Bivvy Bag (2. Bivi): Best Bivy Sack

Alpkit's Hunka Bivvy Bag Preface To understand how we arrived at the tarp + bivvy bag setup for long duration treks in warmer conditions, please read our companion post "Reasons To Go Modular". As [...] Read more

Best 3 Season Sleeping Mat

Best 3 Season Sleeping Mat

Nordisk's Ven 2.5 Self-Inflating Sleeping Mat Preface As always, we're looking at the Nordisk Ven 2.5 from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Chest 42", [...] Read more

Best Lightweight (~250g) Down Vest, Gilet (Thermal Booster Layer)

Best Lightweight (~250g) Down Vest, Gilet (Thermal Booster Layer)

Decathlon's Quechua Trek 500 Down Gilet Preface As always, we're looking at the Decathlon Trek 500 Down Gilet from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Chest [...] Read more

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