I have continued to use the Thunderbolt Sportswear Marly T for my outdoor adventures over the past month or so and it has performed admirably. Comfort remains on point, durability is good and the smell factor is still nonexistent for the most part even after 4 days of backpacking in unseasonably warm temperatures in Central Alabama. There is some minor fabric pulls in the cuffs of the sleeves and a coffee stain that won’t seem to wash out, but these are rather minor annoyances for an amazing shirt. Read on for my final thoughts.
I am Jerky aficionado! I like it in all forms, and to say I was excited to have the opportunity to review some jerky from the Country Archer Jerky Company is an understatement. Country Archer Jerky Company is a small business that focuses on providing high quality artisanal jerky’s made in California. Read on for my initial impressions on their products.
Hiking pants are an essential part of any kit. I have tried several brands over the years and find that I generally like a pair of pants that are lightweight and comfortable, can stand up to abuse, and, most important to me, have a short inseam. I am 5’6” and have a 30 inch inseam which has meant that I end up needing to hem or roll most outdoor pants. Enter Mountain Khakis – they have a pant that seems like it will fit the bill – the Cruiser Pant. I will be using these pants over the next few months on my adventures and see if they earn a place in my gear closet. In the meantime, read on for my initial impression.
I will be reviewing the High Sierra Tokopah 6.0 hydrationpack for the next few months. It features a 2 L reservoir and a handy place to store a helmet. There is enough room in the pack for a rain jacket and other essential gear I might need on a bike ride or day hike. To read my initial thoughts please click here.
I have held out on purchasing any kind of down or insulated jacket. To be honest, I can be pretty rough on my clothing (ask my wife) and an expensive down jacket with hair-thin walls doesn’t exactly bring durability or longevity to mind. Also, South Carolina weather doesn’t really scream puffy-down-jacket either. However, in anticipation of some upcoming winter backpacking trips, I did my research and landed on what I think was the perfect choice considering all of my misgivings. Click here to read my owner review of the REI Revelcloud Jacket.
I recently moved to New Orleans from Alaska and I have taken to exploring the outdoor offerings found in the South Eastern United States. For the Columbus Weekend Holiday in October of 2016 I decided to explore the Tuxachanie Trail in the De Soto National Forest with my daughter. The Tuxachanie Trail runs from highway 49 to P.O.W. Lake for a total distance of 12 miles one way. For my trip, we camped at Airey Lake about 5 miles down the trail from Highway 49 on the first night and backpacked 7 miles or so to P.O.W. Lake for an overnight before retracing our steps to Airey Lake. Read my full review on the trail here.