I wanted to test the SOL Escape Pro Bivvy at the lowest temperature it was recommended but this did not happen for several weeks after receiving it. Then I had to work when it did finally drop to 50° F. Fortunately, it was even cooler the next night and I was able to go on a short overnight hike. The following will be a pretty detailed report of how the bivvy worked as the temperature dropped during the night. To read all about it please click here.
Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Deluxe pillow inflated and ready for bed
I have put this pillow to the test over the past several months including letting my daughter use it for a week long camping trip in Alaska, and I can say it unequivocally meets Sea to Summit’s promise that it is “light, compact and comfortable.” Read on for my final update.
Follow along as I put the new HydraPak Stow 1L bottle through the paces. It is not listed on the Hydrapak website yet and it came without instructions but it’s basically a collapsible water bottle . If I needed instructions on how to use something like this I probably should just stay out of the woods…. to read my Initial Thoughts please click here.
Gregory Paragon 68L – Photo courtesy of the Gregory website
New for 2017 Gregory has introduced a lightweight pack series to their lineup. The Paragon (Men’s) and Maven (Women’s) are fully featured packs that feature the new Aerolon suspension system. I will be taking the Paragon 68 for a spin this fall as my daughter and I continue to search out new trails in the Southeastern United States. Read on for my initial thoughts.
Summer may officially be over, but Northern New England is still having some summer weather – and I am reluctant to let go. But, I finally updated some reviews. I spent early summer camping and hiking in Iceland with my daughter. The rest of the summer was spent on local trips, hiking mostly with my young dogs. The weather was cool, hot and humid, windy and just about everything in between.
Links to my updated reviews:
Injinji Outer and Liner Socks: Injinji
LOWA GTX Aerox Surround: LOWA
Leatherman Juice CS3: Leatherman
- One of the many beautiful waterfalls on the southern coast of Iceland.
- Black Sand Beach
I was able to take the Revol 65 on a multi-day backpacking trip into the Shining Rock Wilderness in Pisgah National Forest in Western NC. I was very impressed with how the pack performed, especially a few of the features. Click here to read my initial update on the Revol 65 backpack by Kelty.