L. L. Bean King Pine 4-person tent Review

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I’m a big fan of a variety of different camping scenarios, from 20lb ultralight and minimalist backpacking over long distances, to heavy load backpacking with an external frame load carrier allowing for extra gear, to lighter car camping to all out glamping. They’re all fun in their own little ways.

The L.L. Bean King Pine 4-person tent is as close to glamping as I get while still having my own tent. Continue reading

Lightweight Folding Stool Review

Black Military Tactical Lightweight Folding Camp Stool

I was expecting this to be smaller than it actually is.

While it’s still small enough to fit in a backpack, I wouldn’t have minded if it was smaller. Still great for a little sit down. No comparison to my camp chairs that allow leaning back and are about the same weight, but still, this fits into flat spaces and I imagine it will come in handy once in a while.

Helinox Chair One Camp Chair Review

Helinox Chair One Camp Chair

I now have three backpacking chairs, they all wei about the same, or, at least, close enough to be negligible for me. I would likely select a different chair for different types of trips.

When hiking alone, I’d probably go with a competitor’s chair that has the same seat height.  When hiking in a small group for extended trips, I’d probably go with a competitor’s chair that sits lower. Continue reading

Ming’s Mark Folding Director’s Chair Review

Ming's Full Back Folding Director's Chair

Ming’s Mark SL1204-GREEN Green Full Back Folding Director’s Chair

Took this to a car camping trip recently, and my only complaint is that the side table is crazy flimsy.
On a positive note, I thought the cup holder would get in the way, but it turned out to be really useful. Knocking the chair a little or trying to move the chair would have caused most cups on a side table to tip over and spill. The cup holder did an excellent job of making sure cups didn’t get knocked over when placed in it and being jarred in some way.  Awesome. Continue reading

Stansport Collapsible Trash Can Review


All in all, pretty good. And a big boon compared to having nothing at all.

Having said that, there are two things that were a tad irritating.
– First, one of the bins stayed vertical, but the other one kept collapsing in on itself partially.
– Second, I wish there was a built-in way to secure trash bags to the upper rim while still being able to zipper the top shut. squirrels were a real problem, so we had to keep the bin zipped, but of course, since there was nothing to attach the bag to on the bin, people would unzip the bin and throw trash on top of the bag, instead of in it. Not fun to clean up. Continue reading

Big Bear Military Frame Cot Review

Big Bear Military %22AIRCRAFT GRADE%22 Aluminum Frame Cot


Just got back from a car camping trip this week and wow, what a luxury item to have with you.

With this cot packed in the car, I met with several friends at a nearby AnyMountain to caravan out to Yosemite. Walking in the store, I found another cot that was a lot more stable than this one. This cot, the one I have, is stable in one direction but because the x-legs are all parallel to each other, they have just a little give going perpendicular to the x-legs, which is ever so slightly annoying. Continue reading

Camp Chef Deluxe 10IN Dutch Oven Review


I am really new to dutch oven cooking. but…wow. What fun!  This particular unit is the first I’ve ever purchased. But it has some nice touches that some other dutch ovens don’t have.

6 quarts is…well…a lot. I was expecting this to be much smaller and am especially happy I didn’t buy the 10 or 12 quart dutch ovens because that would have been out of control huge. As it is, I can make enough chilli that as a side dish, it easily serves 15. As a main dish, it serves about 6-8, though 4 big eaters could finish the pot. Continue reading

Lodge A5-7 Cooking Table Review



Just got back from a car camping trip to Yosemite, and all I can say about this dutch oven is….WOW. I thought it would be just used for making chili with the dutch oven, but this dutch oven table turned out to be so much more versatile than that. And the slightly lower height turned out to be an advantage as we needed to do some BBQ’ing under a tarp when it rained. the lower height gave the smoke more vertical to spread and move out of the tarp ceiling.  Awesome. Continue reading

Fire-Stick Review


I buy a lot of gear, and because I’m fairly rough with gear, typically a significant percentage of gear I use suffers some pretty horrific wear and tear.

As such, I often sprinkle my reviews with updates on how my gear is holding up over time.

Rarely do I even consider asking for an exchange if I’ve used a piece of gear more than a dozen times.  I simply update my reviews with how the gear is doing. Continue reading