Tag Archives: backpacking

Initial Thoughts on the Princeton Tec Axis Headlamp

Princeton Tec has been making headlamps for over 40 years, and I can still remember my excitement when I bought my first Quad headlamp.

Princeton Tec

Princeton Tec Axis – photo courtesy of Princeton Tec website

Princeton Tec continues to innovate and I will be reviewing one of their newest headlamps the Axis.  Read on for my initial thoughts on this headlamp.

Smartwool Merino 150 Backpacker’s Tee

T-shirts are basic to everyday life. I have a few favorites that sit in the top of my drawer that I always grab when looking for something comfortable for my next adventure.

The Smartwool Merino 150 Backpacker’s Tee isn’t your run of the mill shirt. Click here to read my initial thoughts on the Smartwool Merino 150 Backpacker’s Tee.

Kaleb R.

Final Update – Best Night’s Sleep ever

Aeros Pillow

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.

Gregory Paragon 68L – Initial thoughts

Gregory Paragon

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.

Kelty Revol 65 Backpack Update

 

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. 

Kaleb R.

Update – Injinji Compression socks

Rhone Alaska Ultimate Direction Access 600

Evaluating the next valley

I have put over 170 miles on the Injinji Ultra Compression OTC socks over the past few months and they have performed well.  The compression has worked well, I have had no cramping issues even though I ran an Ultramarathon, half marathon, and a 7 hour mountain run in them.  Read on for my full update.