Gear Review: Tarptent Aeon Li

Since receiving a prototype of the Tarptent Aeon Li in December, 2018, I’ve put about 550 miles (885 km) on the shelter. Most of these came on the Australian Alpine Walking Track (AAWT), but additionally I’ve also done some shorter … Continue reading

Reveiw: Mountain Laurel Designs SoloMid XL

Over the past two years, I have used the Mountain Laurel Designs SoloMid XL in a wide range of environments around the world. Testing grounds have included Bolivia’s Altiplano and Cordillera Real, multiple trips in Tasmania’s rugged Southwest Wilderness, Wyoming’s … Continue reading

Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad

I recently returned from a two month hiking trip to Peru and Bolivia. Due to the subfreezing conditions I was going to encounter, before setting out I decided to leave behind my beloved Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite, and opt instead for its thicker … Continue reading

Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Square Flat Tarp

Over the past year I have used the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Square Flat Tarp in a wide range of environments. Testing grounds have included regular excursions into Mexico’s Sierra Madre, the traverse of Badlands National Park, and above treeline routes … Continue reading

Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Backpack

I recently dubbed 2016 as the “year of the Big Carry.” For the traverse of Southwest Tasmania, I started with forty-two pounds (19 kg); twenty-eight (12.7 kg) of which were food. For the early September hike along the Sangre de Cristo crest, I … Continue reading

Gear Review: MLD Burn Backpack

Between 2010 and 2015, I hiked more than 19,000 miles (30,577 km) carrying an MLD Burn. This included multi-week trips in Australia, New Zealand and the calendar year triple crown of 2012 (plus eight of the other 12 Long Walks). Suffice … Continue reading

Review: Montbell U.L. Trekking Umbrella

“A reflective umbrella will keep you significantly cooler than a non-reflective model when hiking in hot conditions. That’s the long-time consensus in the backpacking community. There’s only one problem………..it’s largely a myth.“ I bought my Montbell U.L. Trekking Umbrella in … Continue reading

Review: Katabatic Gear Sleeping Quilts

Since 2011, I have used two sleeping quilts on all of my backcountry trips. They are the Katabatic Palisade 30°F and the Katabatic Sawatch 15°F. Below is my long term review for both products. Field Experience Time: More than 600 nights in the … Continue reading

DriDucks Ultra-Lite 2 Rain Jacket Review

The perfect rain jacket is waterproof, breathable, lightweight, durable and affordable. Unfortunately it doesn’t exist. Bummer. Choosing a rain jacket basically comes down to two main criteria: Suitability for the conditions into which you are venturing. Something that is in … Continue reading

Gear Review: Tarptent ProTrail

A few months ago I posted about a prototype tent that I was taking to the Peruvian Andes. The “ProTrail” is a one person, single wall silnylon shelter. It represents the latest offering from Henry Shires and the folks at Tarptent. … Continue reading