Author Archives: Kaleb Ross

Kuju Coffee Review – Initial Thoughts

Coffee. It’s a part of daily life and the cornerstone of many morning and evening routines. Coffee can also be a big part of the backcountry experience. Kuju Coffee brings some innovation to how coffee coffee can be made in the great outdoors. Check out my initial review of their Pocket PourOver by clicking here.

-Kaleb R.

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] people 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

A backpacking trip into the Nantahala Wilderness in Western North Carolina allowed me to try out most of these Alpine Aire snacks on the trail.

Alpine Aire snacks

Spicy Cheddar Bean dip on pita chip.

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 Hiking Shoes – Final Report

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 Oboz Crest Low BDry hiking shoes.

Hiking shoes

After three days on soggy, water logged trails.

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.