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Gear Giveaway: Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 800 Sleeping Bag

November 18, 2014  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged   |   Leave a comment
Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 800 sleeping bag

Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 800 sleeping bag

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 →

Gear Giveaway: Gregory Miwok 24 Daypack

November 4, 2014  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged ,   |   Leave a comment
Gregory Miwok 24

Gregory Miwok 24

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 →

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 →

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