Off Road Trailer Buyer’s Guide

Off Road Trailer Buyer’s Guide

in Backpacking & Camping by Carl H. Martens

Thinking about joining the growing number of off-road trailer enthusiasts? If you plan to purchase your own trailer, here’s a concise buyer’s guide to off-road, overlanding focused trailers. 

Wetterlings Expedition Hatchet Review

Wetterlings Expedition Hatchet Review

in Backpacking & Camping by Carl H. Martens

Don’t own a hatchet?  Don’t go on many expeditions?  Don’t know Wetterlings?  What the hell is wrong with you?  I’ll accept 2 out of 3, but anything less is unacceptable.  People should own hatchets, people should go on (epic) expeditions, and people should know Wetterlings.  I’m hoping I’ve got your attention and at the end of reading my review you will be familiar with Wetterlings and if you don’t already go on expeditions or own a hatchet that you soon will. 

Primus EasyLight™ Lantern Review

Primus EasyLight™ Lantern Review

in Backpacking & Camping by Carl H. Martens

I’d like to start first with a brief background about Primus from their website’s “about page” below:

In 1892, Scandinavian inventors and adventures, Lindqvist and Svenson created the first soot-free, lightweight packable cook stove. They called it ‘Primus.’ Since that day, Primus has aided the triumph of adventurers and outdoorsmen across the globe. From the slopes of the Himalaya, to the deep arctic, to the undeveloped world, Primus has been everywhere. Where have you been?

If you backpack, you know the name Primus and chances are you associate them for their stoves.  Well, we have a review of the FireHole™ 300 coming soon, but this review is about one of their lanterns.  Although the company is probably best known for their stoves, I want to encourage you to give their lanterns an opportunity to impress…especially the Easylight because that is exactly what it will do…impress!

High Sierra Hawk 45 Backpack Review

High Sierra Hawk 45 Backpack Review

in Backpacking & Camping by Katie Vaughn

There are few things that are better than a hiking adventure. Going on a trek gives you the opportunity to leave the urban world behind and revel in the beauty of nature with only a pack on your back. One of the things that can break or make a hiking trip is the backpack you choose to carry. High Sierra’s internal frame Hawk 45 (45 liter) is one of the finest I have used.  

Ruff Wear Performance Dog Gear in for Review

Ruff Wear Performance Dog Gear in for Review

in Apparel, Backpacking & Camping by Carl H. Martens

Ruff Wear’s mission is to build performance product to enhance and inspire outdoor adventures for dogs and their human companions.  That’s an excerpt from their website about their mission…you can read the rest of their mission from founder Patrick Kruse here.

We received the Palisades Pack and the Singletrak Pack to test out and review.  Upon receipt of these packs, my initial thought immediately went to the rugged construction of the packs.  I was extremely impressed with the fabrics and hardware used in the construction process to produce such high quality packs.  I recall that one of my first thoughts was my desire that Ruff Wear produced a pack for humans…unfortunately they do not.  I was envious of the gear that my dog would get to utilize.  The two packs really are constructed exceptionally well. 

GoLite Shangri-La 5 Tent Review

GoLite Shangri-La 5 Tent Review

in Backpacking & Camping by Carl H. Martens

If there is one company that shares my beliefs and values, I would say GoLite mirrors them quite well.  Let me share with you the beginning excerpt from their Values page on their website.

Therefore I GoLite. This is our motto. This is what drives us. Less is more. Less is liberation. Less is our passion. But we didn’t invent this philosophy. You did.

You want to get away from all the stuff—the blaring music, the gadgets, the never-ending load of work and the glut of more, more, more. So you go light. You head out on the trail, because you want to experience nature on its own terms.

You value adventure over advertising. Memories over souvenirs. You don’t want to clog the planet with more stuff. You just want to have pure, simple, heart-pounding fun.

Therefore you GoLite.

Does that resonate with you?  Do you feel that sometimes less can be more?  Do you ever want to just get away from the fast paced rat race we compete in?  My guess is that your answer is yes.  If your answer is yes, then like myself, I think you will appreciate and desire the product lineup from GoLite.  Undoubtedly one of my favorite brands in the outdoor industry.  I’ve always been impressed by their approach when designing and developing products.  The Shangri-La tent is no different.  It is a fresh approach to probably the oldest and simplest style tent/teepee. 

Bleuet Pocket Stove and Fuel in for Review

Bleuet Pocket Stove and Fuel in for Review

in Backpacking & Camping by Carl H. Martens

The Bleuet name has a rich outdoor heritage, and it is known for its high quality, reliability, and performance for over 50 years.  Given their lineage, we were excited to receive the first two products available now in Sporting goods retail stores; the compact light folding steel pocket stove and the new and improved longer burning solid fuel that is light weight, safe, and highly efficient. 

The Original Stikstool Review

The Original Stikstool Review

in Backpacking & Camping by Carl H. Martens

The Stikstool, a product of Terrapathic Engineering was designed for the backpacker who uses a hiking stick and also enjoys the comforts of having a chair once reaching camp for a comfortable place to sit.  The idea for the product was thus seems to make quite a bit of sense.  Why not produce a product that is both a walking stick and a chair.  Fitting with all the hype surrounding the Transformers movies.  This transforms from a hiking stick to a hiking stool; from a hiking stool to a hiking stick.  It is really a quite ingenious idea.  I’m all about having to pack less stuff and keep weight low so any gear that can serve multiple purposes is gear I’m interested in. 

Primus Multi Fuel EX Stove Review

Primus Multi Fuel EX Stove Review

in Backpacking & Camping by Evan Faassen

The Primus Multi Fuel EX Stove is a squat little stove with the standard tripod set up. The stove is mostly handy in extreme situations or conditions. As the name suggest, this stove will burn all sorts of combustables; LP gas, gasoline/petrol, diesel and kerosene, even aviation fuel.  White gas works the best if you plan ahead.

We took this stove to the south shore of Lake Superior last fall. We built a crude rock shelter around it, and this Primus was able to withstand the 70 mph wind that was coming off the lake like a champ. the rock shelter we built was awesome by the way.  I should mention that in addition to our rock shelter we used the metal windshield in combination to combat the high powered winds, but we were pretty proud of that shelter… 

Something I Cannot Live Without

Something I Cannot Live Without

in Backpacking & Camping by Carl H. Martens

You might think this article is about my Nalgene botttle because of the title, but it isn’t. Although, you would be correct…my Nalgene bottle is something that I cannot live without this article is about something else.  What I cannot live without is actually an accessory for the Nalgene bottle.  I’m referring to the Guyot Designs Splashguard for Nalgene Bottles.  This $3 dollar item makes such a significant change to the Nalgene bottle.  For this reason, it is something that I cannot live without. 

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