Originally posted on Carryology.
It’s good to see Poler Stuff focusing on their outdoor travel line and flexing their trail muscles in the Orange Label. These larger volume bags offer well padded hip belts and shoulder straps and more organizational options, making them a much better answer to day length outdoor adventures than Poler Stuff’s other offerings. The cavernous main compartments and features like the padded laptop sleeves and internal stretch mesh pockets also make them viable as carry-ons and travel bags. Continue reading “Review: Poler Orange Label Ruck & Roll”
IceMule was developed by founder James Collie as a ultra portable cooler to carry food and drinks comfortably on day hikes. Leave it to a Florida native to see the potential for a cooler that can effectively be worn as a daypack. What we dig about the IceMule Pro is that it’s not a gimmick. It’s a good cooler–it kept a ten pound bag of ice mostly frozen for for three days while we romped around the Olympic Peninsula. Granted, temps never crested 50 degrees, but cold beer is cold beer–and that’s no gimmick. Continue reading “Review: IceMule Pro Cooler”
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as telling your friends, “I told you so!” Unless you’re 20 miles from a road, then it’s not satisfying at all.
Here are a few of the sayings that have kept me out of trouble and should increase your chances of a successful trip.
Continue reading “Trail Mantras & Backcountry Aphorisms”
Water purification is among the biggest hurdles for those new to camping and backpacking. The need for easy, confident water treatment is paramount to the success of any trip—but the variety of systems and processes that come with them can be overwhelming. GRAYL has attempted to even the playing field with the new Ultralight Purifier [+Filter] Bottle. It’s an entirely self-contained capture, filter, and drink unit that yields 16oz. of potable water in about 15 seconds. It’s appealing on paper—but our field testing developed a bigger story and shined some light on its limitations. Continue reading “Review: GRAYL Ultralight Purifier [+Filter] Bottle”
There is no higher dignity in the backpacking world than using products that you yourself have made on the long trails. Backpackers by trade are a resourceful bunch—and they need to be, moving between resupply points with unexpected gear failures through some of the last great lengths of wilderness. Teach a man to fish, right?
That’s exactly where Brandon McIntyre of Superior Wilderness Designs comes from. Raised in a costume shop, McIntyre was never a stranger to sewing machines, so when he started backpacking in his youth, he put the two together early on and hasn’t looked back since. The Romeo, Michigan based 26-year-old started selling ultra-lightweight packs just last year, but don’t let his tenure fool you—he’s come a long way from altering Halloween costumes. Continue reading “Brand Spotlight: Superior Wilderness Designs”
Jet Boil released their newest stove, the Mighty Mo, on January 1 of this year, but I picked mine up at REI back in October when it was an in-store exclusive. It’s the first individual burner Jet Boil has produced, filling an obvious gap in their product line. It’s lightweight, rugged, and packs 10,000 BTUs in a compact package for backcountry and emergency cooking. Continue reading “Review: Jet Boil Mighty Mo”
Cnoc Outdoors is a Portland, OR company that just entered the market with the introduction of their Vertex poles. The Vertex poles are a hybrid Z pole/flick lock style aluminum and carbon trekking pole that folds down to an impressive 14.5 inches. This is a brand-new product, from a brand new company and we were pretty excited to see how the unique design translated to trail performance. Continue reading “Review: Cnoc Outdoors Vertex Trekking Poles”