Think you don’t need trip insurance? Think again

  • November 01, 2017
  • by Inga

Trip insurance was not something I ever thought about.  My husband and I weren’t old, didn’t have health problems and couldn’t see the need for the extra expense. We generally travel independently, eschewing tours, cruises and guides. Why would we need trip insurance? The First Time Somehow, as time passed, we weren’t so young anymore. …

Powdered Cusa Tea is refreshing and easy to use on the trail

  • October 03, 2017
  • by Inga

  Cusa Tea is a premium instant tea that makes tea drinking as easy as those ubiquitous skinny packets that coffee drinkers use. Several tea flavors come in the same kind of stick packaging, making it easy to use and transport. The tea packets contain nothing but pure tea with no sweeteners, additives or preservatives. …

Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel is easily digestible and has a clean taste

  • August 20, 2017
  • by Inga

Hydration mixes such as Tailwind Nutrition drink powders are a lifesaver for me. I often lose my appetite when I’m at altitude and exerting myself strenuously. Early in my backpacking career, before I figured out what was happening, I’d frequently bonk in the afternoon. I’d often reach a state of exhaustion that was difficult to …

HydraPak SoftFlask Collapsible Bottles

  • June 30, 2017
  • by Inga

HydraPak SoftFlask bottles come in small sizes to accommodate energy gels or liquids. Made of soft thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), the collapsible, flexible material is remarkably strong and resistant to abrasion, even when abused on the backpacking trail. The company states that if used for gels, the 150 ml flask can hold five servings and the …

Oboz Sawtooth Low Women’s Hiking Boots are sturdy and waterproof

  • June 02, 2017
  • by Inga

The Oboz Sawtooth hiking boot is a beefy hiking boot in a compact package. I’ve been testing the boots all winter and there are a number of features that I like. They are rock solid on slippery, wet surfaces. They have a substantial rubber bumper around the heel and toe. They are waterproof, which came …

Soft Kora Shola yak wool leggings keep legs toasty

  • May 15, 2017
  • by Inga

Kora’s Shola leggings are an ideal winter base layer under ski pants or on their own for winter walks, yoga or snowshoeing. Made from super soft yak wool, they are warm, stretchy, breathable and naturally endowed with odor resistance.   Kora yak wool is a versatile textile that offers advantages over popular merino wool that …

Kahtoola Microspikes grip ice and snow

  • May 12, 2017
  • by Inga

  The Kahtoola Microspikes ice traction system increases the stability of any winter shoe on ice and snow, taking the terror out of walking on frosty surfaces. Being able to hike on snow covered trails open up the possibilities for winter hiking, and Microspikes make all the difference. Microspikes are good for compacted snow and …

Knixwear Underwear, Designed For And Tested By Athletic Women

  • May 12, 2017
  • by Inga

Knixwear bras and underwear are made for the active woman on the go.  Whether it’s yoga or hiking, women need fabrics that move and stretch, wick moisture and have no seams to chafe tender skin. Knixwear achieves this with special attention to details and extensive testing with real women. The Evolution Bra has seamless four-way stretch …

Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Trail Shoe for Hiking and Backpacking

  • May 11, 2017
  • by Inga

I’ve been alternating between boots and the Altra Lone Peak 3.0 trail shoes all winter. The backpacking debate rages on—trail runners versus boots. I’ve tried trail runners before and didn’t find them to be stable enough on uneven surfaces. Many people hiking the John Muir Trail rave about Altras so I decided to give them …

Tiny Petzl e+LITE headlamp is truly ultralight

  • July 08, 2016
  • by Inga

If you’re a backpacker looking for the smallest, lightest headlight on the market, look no further than the Petzl e+LITE headlamp. It is bright, lightweight and compact The e+LITE has an oval shape and is quite compact. It measures 1 x 1.5 inches on the face and is ¾ inch thick. The black face is …

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