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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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

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.