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High Sierra Pathway 70L Pack – Initial Thoughts

High Sierra Pathway 70L

High Sierra Pathway 70L – photo courtesy of High Sierra

One of the most essential pieces of any backpacking kit is the actual backpack that I am using.  This is a make or break piece of equipment. I was fortunate enough to be selected to review High Sierra’s new Pathway 70L pack over the next several months. I plan on using it backpacking in the Southeastern United States including trails in Mississippi and Alabama as the seasons change from spring into summer.  Read on for my initial thoughts on the Pathway 70L backpack.

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Soloist Complete

GSI Pinnacle Soloist Kit

Cooking on the Pinhoti

Integrated cooking systems intrigue me, I like organization and everything having its own spot.  Ever since the first Jetboil came out I have been hooked.  Sure, I could piece together parts for an ultra-light system or otherwise come up with my own solution, but there is elegance in an engineered system.  GSI Outdoors has been putting together integrated cooking systems for a while now, and I am fortunate enough to have the Pinnacle Soloist Complete system to play with over the next few months.  Read on for my initial thoughts.

Final Update: Thunderbolt Original Jeans

Thunderbolt Jeans I kept putting off my final update thinking I might somehow tear or damage the Thunderbolt jeans.  Boy, what a waste of time.   So without and fanfare I present my final thoughts on what has turned out to be just an outstanding article of clothing.  But to read the details you must click here.

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Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight/Watertight Series .7 Medical Kit

This Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight/Watertight Series .7 Medical Kit was received for review purposes from Adventure Medical Kits.  They can be purchased on their WEBSITE as well as various outdoor sporting goods retailers.  To read my initial impressions on the kit use this LINK

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Thunderbolt Sportswear Marly T – Final Update

Marly T

At the Bald Rock Overlook Pinhoti Trail

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.

Mountain Khakis Cruiser Pants – First Look

Mountain Khakis Cruiser Pant

 Cruiser Pants – Courtesy of Mountain Khakis Website

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.