Sawyer Mini Water Filter

One of the most important ingredients of a good backcountry kit is a water filtering system.  I'll admit that prior to my Sawyer Mini, I had no experience with water filters of any kind.  There are so many designs out there to choose from such as pumps, squeeze styles, and gravity fed systems, that it can be a little overwhelming at times.  Though I haven't owned them all, I can at least speak intelligently about how my Sawyer Mini works and show you why it is I love it so much.

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Exo Mountain Gear - 3500

Reviewing a backpack is a daunting task because of how complicated it can be.  There are as many packs out there as there are body types and each one serves its own specific purpose.  Some are built for ultra light hiking while others for heavy load hauling.  Some are meant for a lifetime of abuse while others will last but a few years.  If you ask my close friends, they'd tell you that I have a minor obsession with backpacks of any kind and what my obsession has taught be over the years is that unlike the Lord of the Rings, there is not one backpack to rule them all.  With that in mind, though daunting as it may be, I’m so pleased with my Exo Mountain Gear 3500 that I can't help but tell of how great it is.

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Rain Gear - KUIU YUKON

I accepted for a number of years that come hunting season, I was going to have to deal with being wet and cold because there was nothing out there that was durable enough to stand up to the Pacific Northwest rain showers.  All that changed when I found the Kuiu Yukon rain gear.  Never again will I be turned away from hunting because of a downpour.

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Salomon Speedcross - Making the Switch to Trail Runners

For as long as I can remember, I've been a boot guy.  I grew up on a horse ranch where we wore boots for pretty much everything.  It was common sense that if you're going to be outside doing anything, especially hiking, it required a boot.  Joining the Marines further supported this personal mantra;  we ran in boots, hiked in boots, and just flat out worked in boots.  Why on earth would I ever change my ways?  I'm a creature of habit so getting me out of this relationship with the "b" word, was going to be difficult.

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