Category Archives: Uncategorized

Gear Giveaway: Black Diamond Element 60/Elixir 60 Backpack

October 21, 2014  |  In Uncategorized   |   Leave a comment
Black Diamond Element 60

Black Diamond Element 60

Let’s face it–a backpack can be your best friend or your worst enemy. When it doesn’t fit you well, it’s overloaded, or is just a mediocre pack, every step of a trip becomes a worsening misery. But when you have the right pack, you feel light on your feet. After backpacking with the Black Diamond Element 60, I decided it is the lightest pack of this size that I’ve reviewed at The Big Outside that carries at least 35 pounds comfortably.

And now you can win one in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →

Gear Giveaway: REI Passage 40 Kids Backpack

June 18, 2014  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged   |   Leave a comment
REI Passage 40

REI Passage 40

A kids backpack should fit well and have a wide adjustability range to accommodate growth; have quality construction that ensures many years of use; and have features designed with a kid’s preferences in mind. My son has a respectable quiver of packs for a 13-year-old, and always pulls out his REI Passage 40 for our backpacking trips.

And now you can win one for your child in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →

Gear Giveaway: The North Face Banchee 65 Backpack

June 10, 2014  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged   |   Leave a comment
The North Face Banchee 65

The North Face Banchee 65

Backpacks designed to comfortably haul 40 to 50 pounds often weigh four to five pounds empty, so a pack that weighs well under four pounds and can handle that kind of load is a rare bird. But that’s what I found in The North Face Banchee 65, which is light enough to effectively function like both a weekend and a weeklong pack.

And now you can win one in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →

Gear Giveaway: Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Jacket

May 27, 2014  |  In Uncategorized   |   Leave a comment
Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Jacket

Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Jacket

Whether out on a dayhike, trail run, mountain biking, or climbing for an hour or all day, we often need an ultralight jacket that provides just enough protection from wind and a light rain, yet weighs next to nothing. With an adjustable hood and waterproof-breathable fabric in key areas, the 5.5-oz. Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Jacket stands out from other wind shells on the market.

And now you can win one in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →

Last Day of Sierra Designs Flash 3 Tent Giveaway

April 21, 2014  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged , ,   |   Leave a comment
Sierra Designs Flash 3

Sierra Designs Flash 3

The Big Outside’s ongoing giveaway of a Sierra Designs Flash 3 backpacking tent has drawn the biggest response of any gear giveaway I’ve run before: well over 1,000 entries so far and still growing. That’s no surprise; this tent offers great space and stability while weighing under five pounds.

And today is the last day you can enter to win a Flash 3 tent at The Big Outside. Read my review of the Flash 3 and then enter now at this blog or on Facebook. Good luck! Continue reading →

← Older posts