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Have you entered my giveaway of an Osprey Exos 58 backpack yet? It ends at midnight tonight, and you don’t want to miss an opportunity to win this outstanding backpack. Read my review, then enter at this blog post or via Facebook. Good luck!
I became a big fan of Osprey’s Exos 58 when it came out in 2008, because it weighed under three pounds, yet was versatile enough for everything from weekend trips to thru-hikes. So when Osprey updated the Exos series this year, I took the new Exos 58 out on a four-day, 86-mile backpacking trip in northern Yosemite National Park, and a seven-day, hut-to-hut trek with my family on the Alta Via 2 through Italy’s Dolomites. My verdict: Osprey has taken something that was very good and made it lighter and better (which is why the Exos 58 made my Gift Guide: Top 25 Picks in New Outdoor Gear and Apparel).
And now you can win this outstanding pack—and score a sweet holiday gift for yourself or someone else—in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →
Making a pack for backcountry skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing day trips that’s lighter than most competitors is difficult to pull off without sacrificing support or features. But several days of backcountry skiing with the streamlined Exped Glissade 35 convinced me that it makes few sacrifices while delivering all you’d want in a snow pack.
And now you can win this pack in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →
On a chilly morning in the backcountry, what’s the last thing you want to do? Get out of your warm sleeping bag to step outside. With the Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 800, you don’t have to—this sleeping bag converts to a long down jacket you can walk around in, as I did while camping at Idaho’s City of Rocks National Reserve, when temperatures dipped into the 30s Fahrenheit.
And now you can win this sleeping bag in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →
I’ve tested scores of daypacks over the past 20 years, and I’ve gotten pretty picky about what I look for in a good one. It should have adequate capacity for everything you do, whether it’s bagging big peaks, hiking with your kids, taking huge dayhikes, or bike commuting. It needs only a basic set of utilitarian features, so that it’s not too heavy or bulky. And it should be comfortable and not inhibit body movement. After hiking with the Gregory Miwok 24 on a rugged, 18-mile tour through Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, and a 19-mile, seven-summit traverse in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, plus shorter hikes and bike commuting, I decided it could be the only daypack I ever need.
And now you can win one in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →