Gear Box: AS-1 Backpack

AS-1 Backpack

When you want to build a house, you hire an architect. When you want to design an airplane, you get an aeronautical engineer. It only makes sense that if  you want the best backpack possible for adventure racing, you go to the best adventure racer ever. With three Eco-Challenge wins, five Primal Quest titles, and … Read more

Gear Box: Eureka Apex 2XT Tent

Eureka Apex 2XT Tent

Living in Texas, where we’ve already had more than a dozen days of triple-digit heat y this year, we’re always looking for gear that performs well in warmer temperatures. After all, it isn’t much fun to be uncomfortable in extremely hot and dry weather. In fact, while most of the U.S. is just getting their … Read more

Gear Box: Black Diamond Icon Headlamp

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I have a confession to make. I have a really bad habit when I travel. One that I am reluctant to share. It seems, almost without fail, I always end up leaving a piece of gear behind at the places I visit, and invariably, it tends to be my headlamp. Don’t ask me why, it … Read more

Gear Box: REI Traverse Pack Review

REI Traverse Pack

In recent months I’ve been in search of the Holy Grail of daypacks. Something that I can use for travel, everyday use, and on the trail as well. Sure, I have several excellent backpacks in my gear closet already, but none of them were versatile enough to pull off what I needed, and they were … Read more

Bargain Backpack Reviews

Bargain Backpack

Backpacker has put together six reviews on bargain backpacks for those who don’t have deep pockets, but don’t want to compromise quality on their weekend getaways. The reviews are quick and to the point, and convey the message nicely. Each of the packs are rated on a scale of one to five, with five being … Read more