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Just as good gear helps me enjoy backcountry trips more, I’ve always made sure my kids had good-quality gear, so they would want to go backpacking again. With the Ace series of backpacks built for a huge range of children’s body sizes—from the youngest you’d want to put a pack on to bigger teenagers—Osprey has just made it a little easier to turn your child into a backpacker. And right now, you can win any one of three models of Osprey Ace kids backpack, valued at $140 to $180, in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →
I’ve always believed that outfitting my kids with good-quality gear helps guarantee they’ll want to go backpacking again. Osprey’s Ace series of backpacks for kids, built to comfortably fit a wide range of children’s body sizes, make it a little easier to turn your child into a backpacker.
And right now, you can win an Osprey Ace 38, Ace 50, or Ace 75 kids backpack for your child in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →
Have you entered to win one of this year’s top new rain jackets through my blog yet? The Montane Featherlite Shell Jacket kept me dry and comfortable through hours of hiking in steady rain in New Zealand’s very wet Fiordland National Park, and it breathes extremely well, thanks to an eVent DV Storm membrane. And right now, you can win a Montane Featherlite Shell Jacket, a $399 value, in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →
New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park gets between 275 to and 400 inches of rain every year. That makes it a pretty good place to test a rain jacket. The new Montane Featherlite Shell Jacket kept me dry and comfortable—for hours of hiking in steady rain—and breathes extremely well thanks to an eVent DV Storm membrane, which kept me from overheating.
And right now, you can win a Montane Featherlite Shell Jacket, worth $399, in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →
Insulated Air Mattress
Exped SynMat Hyperlite
$169, 14 oz. (medium, including stuff sack)
Medium (72×20.5×2.8 ins., packed size 3.5×7.5 ins.)
Medium wide ($179, 72×25.6×2.8 ins., packed size 4×7.5 ins.)
Long wide ($189, 77.6×25.6×2.8 ins., packed size 4×8 ins.)
How light and compact can an air mattress get and still deliver a comfortable night’s sleep on the ground? Under a pound for a full-length, insulated air mat, I discovered after using the SynMat Hyperlite on a 34-mile backpacking trip on the Royal Arch Loop in the Grand Canyon in mid-May, while backpacking the 41-mile Timberline Trail around Mount Hood in August, and a weekend of camping at Idaho’s City of Rocks National Reserve. Continue reading →