Category Archives: Gear Review

Why the Humble Power Strip Might Be My Ultimate Travel Accessory

Electronics plugged into power strip

Since many of you will soon be traveling for the holidays, now is a good time to talk about travel accessories. Actually, one travel accessory; the power strip. In conversations about essential travel gear, I often surprise people when I tell them that I travel with a power strip. I understand their doubts. Power strips can be bulky, and outlets… Read more »

An Intrepid Outdoor Gift Guide: Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Adventurer

Knockaround Sunglasses at Horseshoe Bend: a great outdoor gift

Thanksgiving has officially come and gone. That means the holidays are right around the corner, and if you’re like me, you still have some gift-shopping to do. It can be daunting to play Santa for an adventure junkie; gear can make for expensive presents! Not to worry, you’ve still got some time, and I have some suggestions for awesome outdoor… Read more »

Winter Wear Guide: Stay Warm on All Your Winter Adventures

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Trying to look cool in winter wear.

December 21st marks the first official day of winter, but here in the Black Hills, we’ve already had a few bouts of winter weather. That’s right, I’ve already pulled a wool hat on my head and wielded my snow shovel against the elements. Although autumn still reigns, now is a good time to begin preparations for our cold weather adventures,… Read more »

The Mora Companion: The Best Twenty Dollars You’ll Spend on Gear

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Gear is expensive. Spend a little time shopping for equipment, and it won’t take long to learn that a proper outdoor kit can really hurt the wallet. There’s plenty of cheap stuff out there, but I’ve been burnt enough to know that often you get what you pay for when it comes to outdoor gear. There are exceptions, however, and… Read more »

Trail Puppy: These Three Products Make it Easier to Hike with Your Pup

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Trail puppy drinking

When we adopted Inkling, We did so with every intention of spending time with her in the great outdoors. As soon as feasible, we wanted her to start developing as a trail puppy. So far, so good; for the most part we love sharing adventures together! We face challenges, and we’ve got a lot to figure out, but we’re learning… Read more »

Get the Funk Out with WIN Sports Detergent

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Win Detergent

Workout apparel has come a long way since I ran cross country in high school. That was 1998 – 2000, and when I wasn’t in uniform, I ran in basketball shorts, random t-shirts, and white cotton briefs. Now everything is synthetic, and it’s awesome! Modern synthetics wick moisture away from the skin, insulate to keep you warm, and can breathe… Read more »

Gear Review: The Cotopaxi Volta 35L Rolltop (Updated!)

Cotopaxi Volta out in the field.

Last year I reviewed my Cotopaxi Volta Rolltop. Now, with more experiences and insight under my belt, I’m updating that review.

Want to know how my opinion has evolved? Read on to find out.

Spoiler Alert: I still think this pack is excellent!

Be Prepared: Every Day Carry & Swiss Army Knife Giveaway! (Giveaway Concluded)

My Every Day Carry

As a kid I committed the Boy Scout motto, “be prepared,” to memory and did my best to live by it. Now that I’m an old Eagle, I still believe in being prepared, but I’m a lot wiser. I want to be ready for whatever comes my way, be it an emergency, an opportunity, or just a great time. I’ve… Read more »

Gear Review & GIVEAWAY: Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Daypack (Giveaway Concluded)

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If you’ve been reading my posts, especially my review of my Volta Rolltop, then you know how much I respect and admire Cotopaxi.  My Volta has treated me so well that when I started looking for a daypack, I wanted to check out Cotopaxi Luzon Daypack. So Clarissa and I each ordered one, figuring we could get our first use out… Read more »