Blog Category: Gear
I have been wearing Darn Tough Socks for over a year now. I heard that a lot of through hikers wear them and decided to try them out. I started with just one pair then quickly replaced all my socks with them. I wear the Hiker 1/4 Sock Cushion. The idea of spending the same amount on one pair of socks that I usually spend on a bag of socks was a little frustrating at first but after wearing them I realized these socks are nothing like the cheap socks I am used to. Its kinda hard to accurately describe just how much better these socks are than any other socks. The feel and comfort level are simply amazing and the quality is unmatched. Its nice to see an American company that still takes pride in making a premium quality product in America. I’m sure they could probably out source manufacturing..
The idea of taking a chair backing with you may seem crazy but if you’re over 30 I say its a necessity. Heck, it’s a necessity at any age if you ask me. Unless you are the type that crawls into your bag just after setting up camp you’re going to need somewhere to set down after a long day of hiking. Sure you can just set on the ground or a log or maybe even a rock but if you’re like me your back will punish you for doing so. I didn’t take a chair with me on my first trip and that will be the last trip I’ll take without one if I have anything to say about it. When you can get a chair that weighs around a pound why not. I suppose if you’re hiking the PCT or another long trail then an extra pound could..
Finally got the chance to put my new stove to the test on a actual backpacking trip. I used it on my recent trip to Sky Lakes Wilderness in Oregon. It worked out great. I boiled water for a couple Mountain House meals and for cowboy coffee. This is my first stove so I don’t have any other stoves to compare it to. The stove is super light and compact. Its also very easy to use and dependable. While I was making cowboy coffee I accidentally boiled over the coffee resulting in the stove getting a major dowsing of water and coffee grounds. A quick shake off and I was back in business. The model I have is no longer available but there is a 2.0 version available. Snow Peak GigaPower 2.0 Stove The boil time for 2 cups tap water was approximately 4 minutes and 45 seconds. Pros:..
If your an avid rock climber, skier or mountaineer then you’ve probably heard of Scrapa. They are a premier manufacturer of active footwear. I believe they are best know for their rock climbing shoes. They are an Italian company founded in 1938. I had never heard of them until I stumbled onto their shoes while browsing Zappos a couple years ago. I was looking for a good walking and hiking shoe that had a boot like feel and Vibram soles. I have a hard time finding footwear with soles that last as long as the tops and that’s why I wanted Vibram soles. I also can’t stand the feel of most sneakers. They almost all just feel like cheap crap. I wanted something with a high quality premium boot feel that wasn’t a big waffle stomping boot. My first experience with Scarpa wasn’t the Zen Pro, it was the standard..