Enlightened Equipment Revelation 20

I used to be a sleeping bag afficianado, of sorts. At one time, I owned four sleeping bags. Currently, I own one quilt and two sleeping bags—two sleeping bags that I never use. As far as the debate on quilts vs sleeping bags goes, I'm all in on the side of quilts…

Zpacks Duplex

The Zpacks Duplex is a two-person tent, purpose built for ultralight backpacking. It's really expensive at around $600, but the price shouldn't be the end of the story — it's also super light and very spacious. Other tents in its class come in at around three pounds, whereas the Duplex is…

Filtering Water in the Backcountry

This gear review isn't actually about any one product, but more about a handful of products that work together to produce clean, drinkable water. That's why the title isn't "Sawyer Squeeze". There are some water filter systems on the market that are vertically integrated, like a hose and…

Sea to Summit Ultralight Insulated

Ah, the Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Xlite. The perfect UL pad. I purchased the large model, because I'm 6'3". The large is also 5" wider than the small and regular models. This extra length and width meant the pad was heavier and bulkier, but it also meant that my feet…

Altra Shoes

If you can withstand the unrelenting torment that this shoe wreaks upon the human frame, you must be a glutton for pain, or you are not human. These trail runners were not made for walking, but that's just what I tried to do with Altra's Lone Peak 3.0, 3.…

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider 2400

"I have the perfect pack and everyone should just buy this one." - No One. Ever. A little context: before I left for my thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, I bought, tested, and returned several different backpacks. I tried out different models from Osprey, Arc'teryx, and Granite…