Does the NEMO Equipment Moki Tent have what it takes to keep you warm and dry in the backcountry?
We really dig the LuminAID Packlite 16. It's small, light, and unobtrusive enough that you can keep one stashed just about anywhere.
Once you get passed the small doors (literally - get passed them), the NEMO Equipement Dagger 2P is a great 2-person tent. It's sized realistically for two people to live together inside without having to be intimate. NEMO includes good vestibule space and storage options. We can recommend it.
What if, instead of going through the process of filtering water and carrying it on your hike, you could just stop at any stream and drink right out of it? You can, with the Lifestraw Steel.
Need 200 lumens strapped to your head? How'd you like to get that light weight, compact package that only costs $40? The Black Diamond Spot headlamp is one of the best lumen-to-dollar values in the headlamp market today.
Is it too early to be thinking about what gear we'll be in next spring? Heck no. Especially when The North Face offers us an opportunity to hang out in sunny Boulder, Colorado with some of their pro athletes who helped design the gear. So, that's what we did.
There are a lot of insulated, stainless steel water bottles out there, but none, that I have seen yet, come with a tea strainer. The Eco Vessel Boulder water bottle does. If you enjoy brewing loose tea on the go and want to keep it warm for up to eight hours, then this is an ideal set up for you.
Mountainsmith is a company that lives and breaths longevity. In a world where most products are disposable, Mountainsmith lives by a credo: Forged for Life. I purchased my Mountainsmith Day Pack – the largest in their Lumbar Pack series – in 1994. It still looks brand new. Mountainsmith sent us a preview of their new-for-2016 Day Pack because they agreed that a comparison of the two would be awesome.
Sometimes, thermal mugs can look goofy or out of place in the real world. The new Avex ReCharge thermal mug keeps your drinks at the right temperature and looks good while doing it. But any insulated mug can keep your drink hot/cold. What's so great about this one? The Avex ReCharge thermal mug features a nifty, leak-proof design called AUTOSEAL that actually works to prevent leaks of your precious fluids.
Sean is a picky backpack tester, like really picky. He was searching for a day pack that was around 30 liters, had a nice amount of features - such as multiple pockets, side water sleeves, hip pockets, adjustability - and a good back panel that allowed for structure and breathability. So he found himself with the Boreas Muir Woods 30. It has been reviewed by others but he needed to get his hands (and back) into it and see if it was Engearment-worthy.
Headlamps are a staple of the outdoors. They come in all shapes and sizes, but for the most part, you have a small boxy thing strapped to your head. It'll have a button or two, a few LEDs in both red and white, and some batteries inside. Some do a slightly better job of sucking juice out of the batteries more efficiently, leading to brighter lighting or better run time. One of the buttons usually turns the headlamp on. The second switches between modes and brightness levels. But that second button - doesn't it sort of defeat the purpose of hands-free lighting?
A couple of years ago, Sierra Designs flipped their entire line of products on its head. They were in a bit of a rut - heavy packs with no innovative features, boring tents (ed.: Except the Tengu! We love you, Tengu!), uninspired sleeping bags and outerwear. Within the past two years, they've introduced industry-leading light weight tents and innovative sleeping bags like their Backcountry Bed. The Sierra Designs Convert 2 and Convert 3 4-season tents look to be the pinnacle of that shakeup.