Gear Reviews

Outdoor and Backpacking Gear Reviews
Listed below are the items I've used and my personal opinion of them.
Guest reviews may also be included and will be noted as such.
If you are a company which has something you'd like reviewed, please contact me by e-mail with details.

Vasque Trail Runners
A high quality shoe for outdoor enthusiasts.
see more on this blog July 9

Brooks-Range Solo Tarp
A 7 ounce multi-function 5x8 ultralight tarp
first impressions given July 10, additional information on

Eureka Kotey Sleeping Bag
A synthetic full length mummy bag which comes in a compression stuff sack. Total weight 2 pounds 6 ounces.
full review at
blog September 9,2010

Marmot Hydrogen Down Sleeping Bag
This 30 degree bag weighs just 24 ounces and has been my all around bag for 8 years. For more information see blog September 10, 2010. Video clip has photos and details.

Solstice Fleece Pants
These 100% polyester fleece wear are very warm and have zippered side pockets. I love them! For more information see blog September 26th, 2010.

Brooks-Range BackCountry Map ToolKit
This 4.5 ounce map aid is contained in a fabric wallet. For more information see blog October 23, 2010

Eureka Ultralight Spitfire Tent
This double wall tent was tested on the Foothills trail and written about on my
Ultralight page at Trailquest. I especially love this tent for rainy or cold weather hiking. Read more at this blog November 7, 2010

South Col Four Season Tent
First impressions on this full featured 4 season tent. Weights, photos, designed for serious weather. Watch the video at my youtube channel

Read the initial impressions on November 25, 2010 blog.

Patagonia Fleece Jacket
I love this high quality jacket, having used it for quite some time. Tips for buying outerwear, as well.
More on Novemeber 27, 2010 blog.

Mr. Heater, Portable Buddy
This portable heater is cost effective, versatile and safety feature enhanced. I use it in a 12 x 16 studio as my sole source. Requires no electrical hookups. More on March 1, 2011 blog

Eureka Women's Casper Sleeping Bag
This excellent synthetic bag fit me perfectly and delivered all the luxury I expected on my backpacking trail test. View photos and get links at the review on March 20, 2011 blog.

Cirro Jacket from Brooks-Range. I tested and did a review on this excellent jacket over at my other blog:
The actual product page with the company's own specs can be found at: Read more on March 24, 2011 blog post here.