Gear Closet: Osprey Mutant 38 Backpack

Osprey Mutant 38 Backpack

Looking for a great lightweight, versatile backpack for your winter adventures? Than look no further than the new Mutant 38 from Osprey, a pack specifically designed for ice climbing, snowshoeing, and ski mountaineering that offers everything you need and nothing you don’t. I recently carried the Mutant 38 with me on my trip to Canada, … Read more

Gear Closet: Fishpond Westwater Carry-On Duffle

Duffle bags have been a staple of adventure travel since before it was even deemed a category. For decades climbers, explorers, and hunters have carried duffles on their expeditions, thanks in no small part to their ability to provide a convenient way to carry a lot of gear to places where normal luggage isn’t suitable, … Read more

Backpacker Picks the Best New Gear of Spring 2015

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With spring officially here, it is time to start planning some outdoor adventures, with hiking, backpacking, and camping trips on the agenda. It is also a good time to pick up some new gear for those excursions, and Backpacker magazine is here to help in that department. The outdoor adventure-focused mag has recently published its … Read more

Gear Closet: Camelbak Forge

Camelbak Forge

Do you have a coffee-loving adventurer on your shopping list this holiday season? If so, you might want to consider picking up a Forge travel mug from CamelBak, the same company that makes hydration packs for just about every activity you can think of. I first got the opportunity to check out the Forge back … Read more

Gear Review: Yaktrax Walk

Yaktrax Walk

Yesterday I posted a review of a new pair of running shoes designed specifically for running on snow and ice. Those shoes were waterproof, comfortable and had integrated spikes to help keep your footing on snow and ice. They also come with a price tag of $155. But for those looking for something a bit … Read more

Gear Closet: Eureka Midori Solo Tent

Eureka Midori Solo Tent

Last year, tent-maker Eureka made a splash with a well designed new line of backpacking shelters in the form of the Midori 2 and 3. Those tents were lauded for being lightweight and affordable while still offering plenty of features that campers and backpackers really appreciate. This year they’re bringing that same sensibility to the … Read more

Gear Closet: Hydrapak Tamarack


Looking for a versatile and full featured new hydration pack to accompany you on your outdoor adventures? Something that can serve you equally well while trail running, snowshoeing, mountain biking or just plain hiking? Then look no further than the new Tamarack hydration backpack from Hydrapack, a comfortable and affordable bag that also happens to feature one … Read more

Gear Closet: Hydrapak Jolla Backpack

Hydrapak Jolla Backpack

For my money, the hydration pack is amongst the greatest outdoor innovations of all time. The ability to conveniently and comfortably carry water while we hike, bike, run or do just about anything else can not be overstated. Over the years the options for hydration packs have expanded dramatically and these days its nearly impossible … Read more