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Category Archives: Hiking Gear

Move Over Voile, There’s a New Strap in Town 

After years of designing and building outdoor soft goods, including backpacks, bikepacks, and whitewater rafting gear, Uriel Eisen found that he was always impressed with the quality of the textiles available, but he was constantly underwhelmed by the straps and buckles. And that was a problem, because if the closures failed on the bags, they […]

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The Gear We’d Want in Stranger Things’ Upside Down

If you’re a fan of Stranger Things, you’re familiar with the Upside Down—the hellish parallel universe where the show’s beloved troop of teens venture in search of monsters and dark forces. For those unfamiliar, picture a perfect replica of the real world (in this case, Hawkins, Indiana) gone sour. It’s full of red lightning, screaming […]

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An Ode to the Lowa Baldos, the Best Pair of Hiking Boots I’ll Ever Wear

Most of the time, my vanity works against me. This is a story about one time that it didn’t.  A couple years ago, I was looking at photos on the Fjallraven website and realized one of the reasons the pants looked so good on the models was because they were paired with some really nice […]

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We Asked 6 PCT Hikers What Their Favorite Piece of Gear Was

Each summer my hometown of Ashland, Oregon sees a large influx of Pacific Crest Trail hikers coming down from the hills to restock, take a zero day, and do laundry. I love walking around my town, introducing myself to PCT hikers, and asking them about their gear. By the time they have reached Ashland, northbound […]

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First Look: A Trekking Pole that Doubles as a Water Filter

When I first heard about PürTrek mashing together trekking poles and a water filter into one product, I was intrigued. I’m a big fan of efficiency and having a water filter always at hand when hiking sounded like a great idea. I got one, and after a couple of weeks of use, I believe that […]

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8 Layers That Will Take Your Summer Backpacking Trips Further

It’s almost summer, and in my house, that means one thing: it’s time to go backpacking. Because gear is such a major factor for both comfort, I set out to find the highest-performing clothing possible.  For help I reached out to John Barklow, an Alaskan, former Navy diver, former wilderness survival trainer for Special Operations […]

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Thru-Hiking Messed Up My Feet. Here’s How Toe Socks Came to the Rescue.

For the better part of two years, after I finished hiking the Appalachian Trail and tried (and repeatedly failed) to return to running, the lower half of my right leg became a medical battlefield. I went to physical therapists and massage therapists, general practitioners and osteopaths, surgeons and shrinks, asking them all why I was […]

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Top 10 Pieces of Advice for Beginner Thru-Hikers

Every afternoon near the start of my first thru-hike, I knew just where I’d to find the hiker named Poncho—and that he’d greet me with advice that would help me finish the Appalachian Trail. A few years earlier, Poncho, a fifty-something auto mechanic from Boston, had found his real home (and that nickname) on the […]

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