Author Archives: Kaleb Ross

Saxx Kinetic Boxer Underwear

Saxx Kinetic Boxer Underwear

“Life Changing Underwear” is Saxx’ motto, which is a bold and rather thought provoking statement. It may not be talked about often, but underwear is a piece of gear that [most] don’t leave home without. I’ll be taking the next few months to test and give my thoughts and impressions on the Kinetic Boxer. Click here for my initial thoughts. 

Kaleb R.

Alpine Aire Snacks Final Update

Spicy Cheddar Bean dip on pita chip.

A backpacking trip into the Nantahala Wilderness in Western North Carolina allowed me to try out most of these snacks on the trail. I was surprised with a few of the snacks – both in how they tasted and how easy/difficult they were to prepare in the backcountry. Click here to see my final update on the snacks, dips, and smoothie.

-Kaleb R.

Oboz Crest Low BDry – Final Report

 

After three days on soggy, water logged trails.

A 24 mile hike in the Nantahala Wilderness at the headwaters of the Nantahala River in the Blue Ridge Mountains provided the “perfect” final test for the Crest Low BDry shoes. I wouldn’t call the conditions perfect for backpacking, but for testing a pair of waterproof shoes made for through hikes, it couldn’t have been any better. Click here and scroll to the bottom to read my final update from this trip and draw some conclusions about the shoes.

-Kaleb R

Backpacking 101 Book Review

It would be impossible to cover absolutely everything there is to know about backpacking in a single book.  Perhaps that’s what many of us love about it – the duality of the activity. Backpacking is enjoyable and rewarding because of both its simplicity and complexity. In spite of all of this, I found Backpacking 101 to be great for the the individual who is just considering backpacking as well as for the seasoned backcountry hiker who is eager to learn more. Click here to read my full review. 

Kaleb R.

Update – Oboz Crest Low BDry Hiking Shoe

A soggy hike in the Crest Low BDry shoes.

I’ve had the Crest Low BDry shoes for about a month now. They’ve been through about 50 miles so far and have been tested in soggy, wet conditions and even some technical terrain. See the rest of my update here.

Alpine Aire Snacks, Dips, and Smoothies – Initial Review

Various snacks, smoothie, and dips.

Few things can change how a trip in the backcountry is remembered more than food. Insufficient quantity or poor quality can dull the thrill of bagging a summit or ruin the satisfaction of a hard earned day on the trail.

Over the next month, I will be testing out some backcountry food products from Alpine Aire.

Click here to see my initial review on a variety of snacks, dips, and smoothie from Alpine Aire.

Kaleb R