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The 5 Best Backpacking Water Filters Reviewed – [2017]

Best Backpacking Water Filter

In order to safely and effectively travel in the backcountry it’s critical to avoid illness. One potential source of infection is through water borne pathogens and there exist many methods of water purification. One of these methods is water filters – a physical filtration system whereby pathogens are filtered out of water using mechanical water pressure and a filter. There ...

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The 5 Best Camping Cots Reviewed – [2017]

Best Camping Cot

Traveling and camping can be enjoyable or miserable, depending on how you approach it. Pitch your tent over a rock and try sleeping on the ground and you’re guaranteed a terrible time. Head out into the wild with great gear, plenty of knowledge, and a comfortable cot to sleep on and you’re guaranteed a much more restful sleep. While camping ...

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The 5 Best Women’s Hiking Boots Reviewed For 2017

Best Womens Hiking Boots

Ladies can have a particularly difficult time finding good outdoor footwear. It sometimes even seems as if the outdoor industry just isn’t paying attention to the specific needs and wants of the female hiking community. While it’s tough to find the right pair of hiking boots for women, I’m going to do my best to help provide some insight on ...

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The 5 Best Compact Binoculars Reviewed For 2017

best compact binoculars reviews

Trying to balance the need for high quality optics when hiking or backpacking can be a real challenge. On the one hand, the best cameras and binoculars have very large, high quality lenses that can sometimes be delicate. On the other hand, your equipment needs to be durable and lightweight to survive the challenges of the outdoors.  These are the ...

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The 5 Best Hand Warmers Reviewed for 2017

Best Hand Warmer

As a full time, ski instructor in the Wasatch Mountains, I know what it’s like to spend time in some seriously rugged conditions. Take it from me, hand warmers are not a cheap way out – they’re often the difference between having a great day, and a terrible one. When the choice is between grabbing a hand warmer or potentially ...

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The 5 Best Snowshoes Reviewed For 2017

Best Snowshoes Reviews

Just because its winter doesn’t mean you should give up hiking or trail running. I think snowshoeing is a better workout and there is something about being in the woods in the winter that is hard to describe. You probably already have the winter apparel, now you just need a pair of snowshoes and you don’t need to spend a ...

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The 5 Best Knee Braces for Skiing Reviewed – [2017]

Best Knee Brace For Skiing

Too many athletes these days are going down with simple injuries. It happened to me on the Appalachian Trail in 2014. I was several weeks into a hike when my knee became unusable from irritation. That injury took me off the trail and put an end to an otherwise amazing experience. In the skiing world, knee injuries are all too ...

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The 5 Best Snowmobile Gloves Reviewed For 2017

Best Snowmobile Gloves

Whether you’re heading out on a sled (snowmobile) for the first time, or you’re a seasoned pro, there are always new solutions on the market. With wind, water, and snow whipping by in the nasty conditions of winter and spring snowmobiling, you’ll need a glove that can keep pace with your sled. It’s just not going to cut it to ...

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The 5 Best Backpacking Rain Jackets Reviewed – 2017

Best Backpacking Rain Jacket

I can remember when I first started backpacking – I was totally afraid of surviving a rain storm. It was a fear based on inexperience and I was just not sure what to expect when I encountered my first rain storm, how I would keep my gear and self dry, would I get too cold? These days I rarely even ...

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The 5 Best Balaclava Ski Masks Reviewed For 2017

Best Balaclava Ski Mask

It may be tempting to incorrectly identify this face-warming device as a delightful pastry but it’s not. Balaclavas are a specific type of face warmer. The term has recently come to be used ubiquitously to describe any face warming device – from neck warmers to full face, windproof fabrics. We’re going to avoid neck warmers and stick solely to the ...

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