Archive for the ‘Gear Reviews’ Category

I have to admit, I thought the wearable sleeping bag thing was ridiculous when they came on the market a year (or so) ago. It just looked hokey. Definitely not a “real” sleeping option. BUT, when I had the opportunity to try out a Selk’Bag Patagon for the #EpicDangerRoadTrip, I was intrigued enough to say […]


Today’s review is easy: this filter & bottle combination rocks. Let me explain. Vapur nailed it with the Element Bottle and Microfilter combination. Forget other water filtration systems that have hoses, pumps or more than two components. This is one of the easiest and most foolproof systems I have used. Starting with the Element bottle, I […]


In this week’s review, I look at a pair of bottles from AVEX Sport for all your hydration needs. First up is the AVEX Brazos Autoseal Water Bottle. This 25-ounce BPA-free bottle has all but replaced another-name-brand bottle for me as I head outdoors every weekend. The Brazos has a narrower profile, so it sits in […]


I had high hopes of producing a video review of the gear Stu and I had the opportunity to test out during our #EpicDangerRoadTrip in June, but suffice to say, I do much better behind the camera than in front of one. So a static review will have to do… trust me! I will finish […]


  Your hardshell jacket is one of the most important layers when you head to the mountains. It is your security blanket when things get nasty. It is your protection from the elements. To this end, the Maximus Jacket from Outdoor Research does not disappoint… at all. This was the one piece I hoped I […]


As part of the Outdoor Research ORInsightLab group of citizen testers, I am fortunate to try out new gear as it is rolled out this year. First up is the Floodlight Jacket. This is the perfect combination of insulating and shell layers! On the puffy side, it’s a super warm 800-fill jacket that will keep […]