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Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket

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Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket

Bottom Line: A hooded jacket that finds that narrow balancing point between warmth, durability and weight. Perfect as a belay jacket for rock and ice climbing, a ski touring mid-layer or as an ultralight jacket to always have stuffed into a corner of your pack for when the mountains are a little chillier than anticipated. Observations: I had the opportunity to test out the Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket on a number of cold mornings and evenings over the past few months. In all instances I was pleasantly surprised with just how quickly I...

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Mountain Hardwear OpticVue 2.5 Tent Review

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Mountain Hardwear OpticVue 2.5 Tent Review

Bottom Line: A spacious and feature rich 2 person, 3 season tent. The OpticVue 2.5 has a really interesting design that allows for 180 degree views. A bit heavy for backpacking, but still manageable. Perfect for car camping or kayak/canoe trips! Observations: I got to use this on a number of multi-day trips, mainly a week long sea kayaking adventure as well as several road-trips. I’ve come to love this tent so much that it is now my go-to tent for car camping. It’s just a very simple tent that works and allows for panoramic views...

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Minipresso GR and Minipresso Kit Review

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Minipresso GR and Minipresso Kit Review

  Bottom Line: A compact unit that makes excellent espresso on the go. Small enough to bring camping or even on hiking day trips. Pulls a shot of espresso that actually tastes like true espresso. The additional “Minipresso Kit” is a must if you plan to use this device for camping and hiking. Observations: I became aware of this unit a few months back when I saw a friend using his on an adventure. I’m always interested in how others make coffee in the mountains. The piston style bump was intriguing, I had to try it out...

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Thule Versant 60L Backpack Review

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Thule Versant 60L Backpack Review

Bottom Line: The Thule Versant 60L pack is one of the most comfortable multi-day packs that I have worn in a long time. It’s durable, weather-proof and has a tonne of storage. This pack is made for people that want the ability to bring days worth of gear and still have use of your shoulders when the trip is over. Observations: I have had packs in the past, much more expensive packs I might add, that always killed my collarbones and shoulders when they were fully loaded with gear. What I appreciated most about the Thule Versant was the padding...

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Good To-Go Dehydrated Meals Review

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Good To-Go Dehydrated Meals Review

Bottom Line: Good To-Go makes healthy, gourmet, back-country, boil-in-a-bag dehydrated meals. That’s right, you read that correctly, healthy and gourmet, restaurant quality food that you can take with you adventuring. Created by a chef who wanted good for you, good tasting food while enjoying the outdoors. There is nothing better than being able to look forward to food after a day out in the mountains and I can truthfully say that every time I knew we had a Good To-Go meal waiting to be served up that evening I was stoked. Observations: One...

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Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 Tent Review

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Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 Tent Review

Bottom Line: The Ghost UL 2 Tent by Mountain Hardwear is an amazing two-person, free standing shelter perfect for individuals looking to move fast and light on adventures in the backcountry. It has achieved a fine balance between being durable enough to last for years while also being light enough to not weigh you down. Observations: It would be hard for me to review the Ghost UL 2 Tent without at least referencing the SuperMega UL 2 Tent, also by Mountain Hardwear (Link: Our SuperMega UL 2 Review). Back then, the only two aspects I could...

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Fjällräven Keb Pants Review

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Fjällräven Keb Pants Review

Bottom Line: A 4-season pair of pants that is versatile enough to be used in a variety of biomes from winter in the alpine to summer in the forest. Durable, yet comfortable. Aesthetic, yet functional. You really do get what you pay for with these pants. Observations: My first impression when I got my hands on these pants was that they are extremely burly. I noticed the word “G-1000” on one of the cargo pockets almost immediately and needed to look it up. Turns out that this fabric, which makes up the high-wear areas of the...

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Paleo Meals To Go Review

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Paleo Meals To Go Review

Bottom Line: Paleo Meals To Go is the solution you’ve been looking for. If you spend anytime in the backcountry camping then you are well acquainted with most dehydrated boil-in-a-bag meals, convenient and lightweight, but often times loaded with more than your daily intake of salt and preservatives. Now, don’t get me wrong these meals do have a place in the backcountry and food always tastes decent when you’re tired and hungry from a long day in the mountains. The thing is, what if there was a healthier, tastier way to still enjoy...

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Mountain Hardwear Scrambler RT 35 Outdry Backpack Review

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Mountain Hardwear Scrambler RT 35 Outdry Backpack Review

Bottom Line: A light, versatile and durable backpack that’s, more importantly, waterproof! Perfect for anything from rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing, hiking… etc. Observations: Two years ago we tested the Scrambler 30 Outdry pack. You can see our review of that here: Scrambler 30 Outdry Pack Review. Back then one of my main concerns with that backpack was the lack of a roll-top closure. The main compartment was constructed from waterproof materials but it only cinched close at the top, meaning that water could still get in via...

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DeLorme inReach Explorer Review

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DeLorme inReach Explorer Review

Bottom Line: A lightweight Satellite Communicator, the inReach Explorer by DeLorme allows two way messaging to phone numbers, email addresses, social media… etc. It has an amazing 100 hour battery built in as well as GPS mapping and logging capabilities for navigation. A must have for the modern day explorer and adventurer. Observations: Please watch my video review above to find out my observations in more detail. Feel free to read on though to see my observations in brief bullet-point form. Two Way Messaging: This feature proved more...

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