Freeze-dried meals – a staple of emergency kits and backpacking. This test, between Campfire Meals and Mountain House, is a blind taste-test of 4 meals over 4 days. We’re testing 3 of the Campfire Meal’s best selling meals side-by-side against their Mountain House equivalents, with a final round of the best sounding from every vendor available in our area.
The 2,000 CI is the most versatile size of pack for dayhikes, hunting, camping. Everyone needs one, but there can be big tradeoffs. Closet space. Cheap frames. Poor load support. Bad construction.
There might be an answer – the Black’s Creek Remedy 7 Answer – a backpack that zips right onto the well-made Grip frame, but folds so small you can pack it in your base camp pack.
4,000 Cubic Inches is transitional size for backpacks – when you need to stay out longer than a weekend trip, but you’re not ready to commit to a full size INCH pack. Perhaps just a weekend trip in winter with bulky gear. Maybe you need to get far enough into the backcountry to get some alone time.
Can you escape the crowds with the Teton Sports Escape 4300? Let’s find out!
The smartwatch market is more saturated then ever, but can they stand up outside the world of skinny jeans and plaid shirts?
Let’s take a look at the new Pebble Time Steel… in the backcountry.
This time we’re doing a test for a very common scenario. Can you get by with using your daypack for an overnight on the trail?
This time the competition will be between 2 bag sizes. The Teton Sports Oasis 1200, and the Teton Sports Summit 2800. Both under 2kg. Both under $70. Both can transition from Town to Trail. Both are tempting ultralight backpacking options.
Which one is best for a night at the million star motel?
The big bag. The one you’ll take across continents or on multi-week treks across wilderness. The bag that says you’re serious enough about this trip to require a passport and general delivery. The I’m Never Coming Home (INCH) pack. This time – the Black’s Creek Remedy 7 Solution. Is it the solution for you?
This is a bit different than my other reviews, because this time I’m focusing on more than just a piece of simple equipment. Once you start adding bits and bytes, platforms and “software ecosystems”, you seem to leave behind the cut-and-dried world of “does it work”. Or do you?
This shootout is between two up and coming outdoors gear companies – Black’s Creek, and Teton Sports. Both make excellent gear that’s worth checking out – but if you are looking at a mid-size back-country pack that will really earn its keep in that coveted 3,000 CI/60 Litre range, which is best? Continue reading “Backcountry Backpack Shootout”