Superior Wilderness Designs Superior 40 Backpack - Initial Impressions

I had the chance to work with the team at Superior Wilderness Designs to design a backpack to my specifications and try it out. Funny thing is, all their packs are custom and that’s the best part! Here’s my initial review on the Superior 40 backpack!

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Camp Stove Alternatives: The Primus Classic Trail Canister Stove & MSR Stowaway Pot

A while back I did an article on the MSR Reactor series camp stove that I've absolutely fallen in love with.  But what if you're not willing to drop over $180 bucks for the system?  What then?  Well, my friend Ray has a solution for you that you might be interested in.  Check out this counter point article for those looking to save some money on highly functional stove system for the backcountry.

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Gear Review: A full Season with the Seek Outside Redcliff - All You Need To Know

After an entire season with the Seek Outside Redcliff shelter, I've decided it's time to put all of my thoughts and experiences with it into one article.  The good, the bad, and what it was like to go from a traditional tent shelter to an ultralight tipi with no floor.  You're going to want to check this one out!

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Exo Mountain Gear 2000 Daypack Review

I finally had a chance to put the new Exo Mountain Gear Daypack to work for a weekend scouting trip and was pleasantly surprised at how much gear I was able to fit inside.  It may be deemed a "daypack," but it's so much more than that when you start adding in all of the available space that's not accounted for.  It's a perfect size for the backcountry hunter who may need to spend a night or two out in the field without having too large or too small of a pack.

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33 Miles with My Exo Mountain Gear 3500

Hiking 33 miles with any pack will quickly bring out the gear skeletons hiking in the closet.  Sure, most packs feel pretty good at first, but what about on the second long day of a hike?  How about on the third day?  Does the pack still ride the same?  Do your hips feel like someone took a bat to them?  All these questions I'd find answers to and more when I hiked the Loowit Trail with the Exo Mountain Gear 3500.

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Kuiu Teton Insulated Jacket: Performance Test

I was a hesitant in purchasing the Kuiu Teton Insulated Jacket because in the back of my mind, I thought it would lack in performance since it wasn't their premium line.    Looking back, this was nothing but a mind trick I was playing on myself but I really didn't want to pay more money for a jacket than what I had to and since I didn't own a synthetic insulated layer yet, I ultimately decided it would be a good idea to give the Teton line a try because well, why not?  A few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to pack it in with me for an overnight trip to see how it would do when compared to my trusty down jacket from Sierra Designs.  I was pleasantly surprised.

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Seek Outside Redcliff Part 1: Maiden Voyage

Transitioning from a traditional backpacking tent to an ultralight tipi can be somewhat of a daunting task.  I've known about these tipis for a while now and had contemplated purchasing one for myself but just didn't know if I'd like not having a floor.  I continued going back and forth on the matter in my head and finally realized that if I were to spend a week in the backcountry during hunting season, I wanted to be as comfortable as possible and that was only going to happen in an ultralight tipi.  With that, I purchased the Seek Outside Redcliff and began my journey into this new style of tent living.

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Kuiu Peloton 240 Full Zip Hoodie

My foray into the Kuiu Peloton 240 Full Zip Hoodie was actually by accident.  I intended on purchasing the T-Zip Peloton but when I spoke with a Kuiu representative on the phone that day, I was told they were out of my size but that they would have suggested the full zip anyhow.  The thought of a zipper running all the way down my chest was not pleasant, but the guy on the other end of the phone continued to convince me about the full zip so I heeded his advice, and I'm glad I did.

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