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Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System

Katadyn BeFree

Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System

Water Filtration has come a long way since I started backpacking in the days of iodine tablets and Polar Pure.  Even the days of pumps might be long gone.  Katadyn has introduced the hand held water filtration called the BeFree.  I am fortunate to be reviewing this cool new water filtration device over the next few months.  Read on for my initial thoughts.

Update – High Sierra Pathway 70L

High Sierra Pathway 70

Author hiking in the Black Creek Wilderness

I have used the High Sierra Pathway 70 backpack on a couple of backpacking trips and on training hikes over the past few months.  The pack’s performance has been good.  The fit of the pack has been easy to dial in, and thus far I have had no durability issues with the material, buckles, zippers or straps.  It is a traditionally designed internal frame pack and I have felt comfortable with the layout and my ability to store and access my gear.  My only nitpick at this point is that it is a hot pack that does not allow for much air flow on contact points like my back, shoulders and hips.  Read on for my full update! 

gosh! Dripo Cold Brew Coffee System

gosh! Dripo

gosh! Dripo Cold Brew Coffee System

Let me start off by saying that my husband is the gear tester in our house. I’m NOT an outdoor person, and my idea of camping out involves room service! But I do like coffee, especially iced, cold-brew coffee, so when the opportunity to review a new cold brew system occurred, I strongly encouraged him to let me review it.  I will be looking at ease of use, flavor of coffee as well as the cost of using the system. Read on for my initial thoughts on the gosh! Dripo Cold Brew Coffee System.

Update GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Soloist Kit

GSI Pinnacle Soloist

GSI Pinnacle Soloist in action in the Black Creek Wilderness

I have used the GSI Pinnacle Soloist Complete System while backpacking in Alabama and Mississippi over the past couple of months, and it has performed admirably.  The system excels at boiling water efficiently, is easy to use, and cleanly fits together in a single clean system.  Read on for my full update.

Update – Mountain Khakis Cruiser Pants

Mountain Khakis Cruiser Pant

Mountain Khakis Cruiser Pants – Courtesy of MK Website

I have put over 60 miles hiking, backpacking, and trekking around the south on the Mountain Khakis Cruiser Pants and they have performed admirably.  They are super comfortable, durable and look great in the outdoors and social situations.  Read on for my full update!

Oboz Crest Low BDry Hiking Shoe

Crest Low BDry Hiking Shoe

The Oboz Crest Low Shoe is a waterproof, low-top hiking shoe. Designed for long miles on the trail, the shoe could be described as hybrid between a hiking boot and trail running shoe. Click here to see my initial review of the Crest Low Shoe.

Kaleb R.