Gear Reviews

Sierra Designs High Side 1 Tent Review

The High Side 1 tent is a new tent from Sierra Designs, a company that is known for innovative designs at a reasonable price. This one-person, non-freestanding tent is lightweight, compact and intuitive to set up. The packed size is smaller than most due to the short length of the included tent poles. This tent … Continue reading »

Gossamer Gear 60 Mariposa Pack Review

For a lightweight pack, the Gossamer Gear Mariposa feels beefy. The shoulder straps and hip belts are thick and sturdy. You can feel the slim metal frame that provides support when you grasp the top of the pack. A foam pad provides additional structure and support to the back and doubles as a removable sit … Continue reading »

Wild Planet tuna packets for backpacking

Tuna packets are a popular foundation for backpacker lunches, providing needed calories and protein. The Mylar packages are relatively convenient in the backcountry, being single serve and shelf stable. I’ve regarded them as a treat due to their weight but as I’ve tired of other lunch options they have become a more important component for … Continue reading »

CamelBak Sequoia 22 Hiking Pack

As a person who hikes most days of the week doing trail patrol, leading hikes and volunteering at our local state parks in Sonoma, I need a technical pack. It has to have a lot of pockets and places to stash maps, snacks, first aid kit, trash bags and emergency gear. The Sequoia 22 hiking … Continue reading »

Organic Fuel Whey Protein Powder

I wasn’t looking for protein powder, but when Organic Fuel Whey Protein Powder, made by Organic Valley, landed on my doorstep, I discovered that I liked it. The flavor is good, it doesn’t have a chalky taste and adds needed protein to my backpacking diet. Protein powder is one of those products that never hit … Continue reading »