Black Diamond – Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles: Review

I had been trying to determine if trekking poles were something that I needed to spend money on for some time. Not knowing if I would actually benefit from the use of a set, they were never really high on my gear wish list.
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Olympia RG850 LED Flashlight Review

I was pretty surprised when I opened the package and saw just how much was included with Olympia’s RG850 CREE XM-L2 LED flashlight. Olympia took “all inclusive” to the next level by not only providing everything you need to operate the lamp, but by also including accessories and spare parts – and we all know how much I love spare parts! Continue reading

Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boot: Gear Review

I wore my last pair of Vasque hiking boots for five years before they got to a point where they needed to be replaced.  They were perfect from day one through day 1,825 (or so).  When I headed into REI to look at new boots, I naturally picked out a pair of the Breeze 2.0 GTX hikers.  I can happily say that I’m very satisfied with the performance of the new Vasques after about 20 miles of mixed hiking – despite getting off to a rocky start (I’m not talking about the terrain). Continue reading

Teton Sports Oasis 1100: Review

The only experience I’ve had with water hydration packs was while sharing one with a few friends hiking in the Tongass National Forest near Juneau, Alaska.  We were saving the water in my water bottles for cooking, since it would be easier to manage once we got to camp.  The hose leaked, the mouth piece was chewed up, and I questioned the last time it was cleaned.  I didn’t let it ruin the amazingness of the hike, but it did leave a bad taste in my mouth.  Continue reading