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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 →

Gear Giveaway: Sierra Designs Flash 3 Tent

April 15, 2014  |  In Uncategorized   |   Leave a comment
Sierra Designs Flash 3

Sierra Designs Flash 3

Backpacking with my kids amplifies a challenge any backpacker faces: finding a tent that provides good living space and stability without being a burdensome weight or filling your backpack. So on a trip with my kids in the Needles District of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, without my wife or another adult to share the family food and gear load, I took the Flash 3 for a test drive and was blown away by the amount of space it has for a sub-five-pound, freestanding shelter.

And now you can win one in my giveaway at The Big Outside. What better way to celebrate Tax Day! Continue reading →

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