With a name like "Triple Crown Magic" and tie-dyed color scheme, Salomon's updated Odyssey hiking shoe is clearly marketed toward the thru-hiking community. Could they unseat the Altra Lone Peaks as the most popular shoe on the long trails?
Gear Review: Water Filter Comparison – Sawyer Squeeze vs. Katadyn Be Free
How do the Katadyn BeFree and Sawyer Squeeze compare after long-term field use?
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Gear Review: Olympus Tough Gear TG-4 Camera
I don't remember meeting anyone else who carried a point and shoot style camera on the trail. But, using the phone only has a lot of drawbacks, particularly in bad weather. So, without further ado, here are our thoughts on …
Gear Review: Gossamer Gear Kumo 36
Most ultralight backpacks are very minimal: main compartment, 3 external pockets, maybe a hip belt. The Gossamer Gear Kumo 36, on the other hand, packs in many features of a traditional pack, while still keeping total pack weight under 2 …
Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Accomplice 2-Person Quilt
After trying one on the PCT last year, Paul and I determined we really enjoyed our 2 person quilt. We knew we would use another quilt for the CDT, but we wanted one that was warmer and more packable than …
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Gear Review: Why the Nitecore NU25 is my Favorite Headlamp
The Nitecore NU25 headlamp compared against the Petzl e+lite and Black Diamond ReVolt
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Long Term Gear Review: Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles (Costco Poles)
Trekking poles can be pretty expensive, especially if they are made from carbon fiber. After hiking the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, Paul and I were both in need of new trekking poles for the Continental Divide Trail, and neither …
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Gear Review – A Tale of Two Stoves: MSR Pocket Rocket 2 vs. Snow Peak LiteMax Titanium Stove
When it comes to backpacking stoves, there are a ridiculous amount of options out there, from super light to super heavy.
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Gear Review: My Trail Company Storm UL Rain Jacket
The right rain gear for a thru-hike is important, but it can be difficult to strike the right balance between weight, function, and cost.
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Piñata and Sourstraws’ CDT Gear List for Two
Check out all the gear we'll be carrying with us over the next five months as we walk along the divide.
Gear Review: Exped Synmat Hyperlite Duo 2 Person Sleeping Pad
If you’ve ever gone backpacking with your significant other, you might have noticed that sleeping systems designed for two are hard to find. Enter the Exped Synmat Hyperlite Duo.
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So Much Sewing!
We’ve had a busy week! I finally got around to sewing my backpack for the CDT! I really enjoyed my Ray-Way pack on the PCT last summer, so I decided to make another one for the CDT, this time a …
CDT Gear Changes
As we prep for our CDT start in just 2 months, we’ve been seriously overhauling our gear. I’ll have a full gear list up once everything is finalized and weighed out, but for now, here are some of the gear …
MYOG Tutorial: How to Sew a Stuff Sack
Make any size stuff sack with a rectangular bottom, flat-felled seams, and drawstring closure.
MYOG Tutorial: How to Sew Ultralight Gaiters
Step-by-step photo tutorial to make your own ultralight hiking gaiters.