Seattle Sports PVC Free Pocket Bucket Review


When backpacking in the Emigrant Wilderness, you’re not allowed to setup camp near the edge of the lakes, so it’s always a good idea to have a bucket with you, to have access to water at the camp site.

This bucket is about 10 litres realisitically, 11 would be pushing it. that’s about 2.5 gallons, or close enough.

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South Bend Fish Mouth Spreader Review


Can’t really comment on how this does as a fishing tool.

I use it to connect to a metal cup so I can hang it over a fire. In that capacity, it does just fine.

Will post some pictures sometime soon.


Seattle Sports Camp Bucket (Blue) Review

Seattle Sports Camp Bucket

Having just recently used this on a car camping trip, I’m now pretty confident in thinking you need to have a few of these with you, and these are not luxury items but a necessity.

With an RV, you might have hookups for water at your site, but with non-RV car camping, you’ll need water for everything, be it basic hygiene, doing dishes, or whatever. Continue reading


Mountain Hardwear Epic Glove Review

Mountain Hardwear Men's Epic Glove

Since the original review, I’ve gone to New York for a winter holiday and spent 3 days in the Sierra Nevadas in below freezing weather.

Final verdict? pretty darn impressive. Continue reading


Voodoo Tactical Drop Leg Pouch Review

Voodoo Tactical Drop Leg First Aid Pouch

I was on the hunt for a drop leg pouch, and I chose this one because of the color.

Because I use an external frame backpack while hiking, it’s hard for me to get to loose items while on the trail. So a drop leg pouch is ideal as it gets out of the way of the backpack’s waist belt. Continue reading


BAFX – Anti Shock Hiking Poles Review


These poles are heavy’ish for poles, but very sturdy.

They have another issue and that’s really the twisting action to unlock and lock the poles. But they haven’t slipped on me during a hike yet, so overall, I’m happy with them, especially considering that expensive poles can be upwards of $200. Continue reading


Sawyer Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent Review

Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent

I purchased two of these bottles for my tent and some clothes.

Does it work? Hard to say. Seems to. I went on two trips this year and had no issues with bugs, but then again, neither did most of my friends. So it’s hard to be sure exactly how effective this was. There were lots of bugs, so I can only guess that this must have worked fairly well. Continue reading


Sea to Summit DryLite Towel Review

Sea to Summit DryLite Towel

I’m not uber experienced in camping, and still struggle a bit with the lack of luxury. But in the weight to luxury ratio, I have a feeling even an experienced camper would take this along. Continue reading


Nite Ize Small Figure 9 Carabiner Review

Nite Ize Small Figure 9 Carabiner

Nite Ize C9S-03-TP01 Small Figure 9 Carabiner with Rope, Black, Two-Pack

These things are pretty amazing.

For tying anything with a pull tension weight of 50lbs or less, these things are pretty unbeatable. Continue reading


Equinox Nylon Poncho w/ Extension Review

Equinox Nylon Poncho

Edit: despite adding more than two years and 25+ camping trips since this post was last updated, this poncho remains my main and most important piece of multi-use rain gear/tarp. This past August while hiking alone in the Emigrant wilderness, this became essential over my hard shell to keep my pack dry front and rear. Especially the space between my pack and my back, this poncho kept everything dry. And once at the camp site, acted as a tarp to keep my tent setup process dry as well, a common problem when setting up most tents. Continue reading


Okuma Voyager Fishing Kit Review

Okuma VS-605-20 Voyager Spinning Travel Kit

Okuma VS-605-20 Voyager Spinning Travel Kit

If portability is important to you, then this is one of the best rods to get.

The Okuma is, instead of telescoping, a series of pieces that are fitted together tightly through pressure. This system works great and I already caught some fish with a friend’s VS-605-20 recently. I liked it so much I just ordered my own. Continue reading


Sierra Designs Cyclone Full Zip Pant Review

Sierra Designs Mens Cyclone Eco Full Zip Pant

If you’re on a hike, and it starts raining, the last thing you want to do is spend the time to find a place to sit, undo your hiking boots, put on a second layer waterproof pant, and get your hiking boots back on.

Given that, I was looking for a second layer water proof pant that was able to zip fully, so I can get into and out of them without taking my hiking boots off. Continue reading


Fiskars Ultra Light Knee Pads Review

Fiskars Ultra Light Knee Pads

I originally wrote the review and review Edit below on Amazon in 2011/2012. While these knee pads are still great for car camping i have since changed my camp site activities to be much more efficient and no longer bring them on most trips. They do stil come on longer car camping trips as the difference they make for low work is substantial. But for backpacking, it’s pretty clear that while light, they are bulky enough to warrant leaving at home. Continue reading


Gear Aid Seam Sealer Tube, 2oz Review


This seam sealer is highly recommended so I got it to use on my tent. The brush is useful, but take note, the liquid is like elmer’s glue, but more runny so even a few drops will follow gravity quickly. As such, make sure the brush is always facing down, just above part you want to run the sealer over. Trying to do it sideways or upside down is laughably impossible as the liquid just runs down the bottle. Best way is to turn your tent inside out to seal the inside seams.

As for quality, it comes highly recommended, tho I won’t know till I field test it.