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September 9, 2015 Campsite at Precipice Lake in Sequoia National Park.

Looking For Reviews of the Best Gear? Look Here

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By Michael Lanza

Readers like my gear reviews. Other than my home page, the Gear Reviews link in the main menu bar at the top of every page at The Big Outside gets more clicks than anything else at this website and blog. So I’ve created a new page, linked from the Gear Reviews button in the main menu, that organizes all of my reviews by category, so that you can quickly find what you’re looking for among the hundreds of reviews at The Big Outside. Continue reading →

Gear Review: Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 FL Tent

August 21, 2015  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , ,   |   2 Comments
Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 FL

Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 FL

Ultralight Tent
Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 FL
$390, 2 lbs. 10 oz. (without the included stuff sack and nine sturdy stakes, which are needed to pitch the tent)

When I first saw this tent displayed at the Outdoor Retailer trade show a year ago, I wanted to test it in the backcountry. The whole concept behind SD’s new Tensegrity line intriguingly throws out the playbook on what backpacking tents are supposed to look like: Gone are the inward sloping walls, traditional vestibules, and poles, all with the goal of making a shelter that’s not just lighter but more functional. I took the Tensegrity 2 FL on a six-day rafting trip down Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River—and mostly liked what I saw in this unusual shelter. Continue reading →

August 18, 2015 Nevada Fall, Half Dome, and Liberty Cap from the John Muir Trail, Yosemite National Park.

Ask Me: What Gear Do You Suggest For Thru-Hiking the John Muir Trail?

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Hello Michael,

I read your article about ultra-backpacking and how you did the John Muir Trail in seven days. I am planning on doing the adventure in June but would like to know for an ultralight backpacker what items did you use for tent, sleeping bag etc. And any feedback or thoughts that you have that would be beneficial for me would be much appreciated.

Thank you.

Covina, CA Continue reading →

Best New Gear of the Year: My Top 10 Favorites

August 7, 2015  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
MRS FlyLite

MRS FlyLite

By Michael Lanza

I’ve tested an untold number of new backpacks, boots, tents, jackets, and other outdoor gear and apparel over the past two decades, and I’ve seen the good, bad, ugly (the fishnet long underwear probably took first place in that category)—and the best of the best. So just as I posted not long ago a list of the 10 most-read gear reviews at The Big Outside by you, my readers, now I present my personal picks for my 10 favorite, new pieces of outdoor gear and apparel this spring and summer—the most innovative, top-performing, best-value stuff that’s worth spending your hard-earned dollars on. Continue reading →

Gear Review: Tarptent Double Moment Tent

July 3, 2015  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
Tarptent Double Moment

Tarptent Double Moment

Three-Season Tent
Tarptent Double Moment
$349, 3 lbs. 4 oz.

With a preference for backcountry tents that are lightweight and stable, I’m willing to sacrifice capacious living space and the convenience of freestanding models, and I’ve seen tunnel-style designs that stand up well to strong winds despite their low total weight. Intrigued by the Double Moment’s space-to-weight ratio, I took it out on a five-day backpacking trip down Paria Canyon on the Utah-Arizona border in late March and a three-day backpacking trip on the Royal Arch Loop in the Grand Canyon, to see how it would hold up. Continue reading →

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