Month: March 2016

Best Ultra Light Backpacking Tents

Big Agnes Ultra Light Backpacking Tents

Big Agnes Ultra Light Backpacking Tents


Big Agnes Copper Spur Ultra Light Backpacking Tent

Tent Review Details: Big Agnes Copper Spur Ultra Light Tent
Product User Rating: 5/5
Availability: In Stock
Description:  I have been backpacking for over 15 years now and this is by no means my first tent.  I have used everything from the smallest bivy tents to high end 3.5 season tents but Big Agnes makes some of the best all around backpacking tents that I have come across and the Copper Spur is one of my favorites.  The Copper Spur comes in a variety of sizes and each is a great choice when you consider the low weight an compact design of this free standing backpacking tent.  Here are some of the features of the Big Agnes Copper Spur tent:

 

  • The Copper Spur is a three season, free standing, ultralight backpacking tent with DAC Featherlite NFL pole system, press fit connectors, and lightweight hubs featuring eco-friendly anodizing. DAC HClip attaches tent body to cross pole
  • Fly is ultralight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating. Floor is ultralight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating
  • Tent body is ultra lightweight nylon and polyester mesh. Mesh body offers excellent ventilation. Hub/pole design makes set up quick and easy. DAC Twist Clips attach tent body to the pole frame for quick and easy set-up
  • Tent body has single rainbow door. Single vestibules with single stake out and storm flap over zipper. Interior mesh pocket. Reflective guyline and reflective webbing on tent corners for nighttime visibility
  • All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape. 8 Superlight aluminum J stakes – featuring eco-friendly anodizing – included. Gear loft loops included: Fits Big Agnes WALL gear loft – sold separately. Footprint sold separately

The Big Agnes makes Copper Spur ultralight backpacking shelters is truly easy to pack and set-up.  There’s enough internal space to ensure that windy, rainy afternoons spent playing dominoes will be easy like Sunday morning. All DAC poles made from TH72M aluminum: the latest technology in lightweight tent poles featuring improved durability.

Big Agnes Backpacking Tents

Big Agnes Backpacking Tents

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Backpacking Sleeping Bag

Kelty Backpacking Sleeping Bag

Kelty Backpacking Sleeping Bag


Kelty 20 Degree Down Backpacking Sleeping Bag

Kelty Sleeping Bag Review Details: Kelty Dry Down Backpackers Sleeping Bag
Product User Rating: 5/5
Availability: In Stock
Description:  I have owned over 10 sleeping bags in my life and this Kelty SB 20 Dry Down sleeping bag is the best I have ever owned.  From a backpackers perspective it is incredible as it is both lightweight and warm!  The lightweight Kelty SB 20 sleeping bag stands up to bad weather and cold conditions so that you can sleep through the night comfortably regardless of the conditions. Kelty has stuffed this sleeping bag with 800 fill insulation for an incredible warmth to weight ratio. The insulation’s DriDown treatment repels moisture so the down maintains warmth in rainy weather, and it also helps the bag dry faster in case the down gets wet. Head to toe waterproofing treatment on the shell finishes the head and foot to help keep you dry in case water seeps through your tent at night. Kelty built the SB 20’s shell out of nylon ripstop for lightweight durability, and a softer taffeta lining keeps you cozy all night long. The dual-sliding zipper locks in place and won’t snag on the fabric thanks to the draft tube. The toebox has a natural fit so your feet don’t feel scrunched. Additionally, Kelty includes a compression bag as well as a mesh storage sack to prolong the bag’s life when you aren’t using it.  I used this bag on my last winter trip to the Grand Canyon.  I had to deal with both rain and snow on that trip and the bag kept me dry and warm the entire time. So if you are looking for a great ultralight sleeping bag for an upcoming backpacking trip in approximately 10F – 40F weather, this is a great choice. Best of all, it is on sale right now!

 

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Backpacking Knives

Floding Backpacking Knife

Floding Backpacking Knife

Backpacking Knife Recommendations

All knives are the same right?  Well, not really. There is a lot that goes in to building a good knife, from the hardness of the steel, weight of the knife, design of the blade, to the weight balance of the blade and handle.  Most important, you do not want the knife to fail on you when you need it.  You also need to consider if you want a folding blade or a fixed blade as both have their advantages and disadvantages.
So I am going to give 3 recommendations for backpacking knives. First off is a super high end folding knife.  Benchmade makes some of the highest quality knives in the world and the Contego Folding Knife is a great example of this.  Next is a less expensive Gerber folding knife.  With Gerber you get a good high quality knife at a low price. Lastly is a SOG fixed blade knife. Fixed blade knives are great because they can take a ton of abuse with out breaking and come in really handy when trying to do things like building a temporary shelter. The trade off with a fixed blade is that they typically weigh more and take up additional space.  Either way, these are all great knives that I would highly recommend. I personally own all three of these knives and usually bring my Benchmade on my backpacking trips.
Benchmade Knives

Benchmade Knives

 

Benchmade Contego Folding Knife

Review Details: Benchmade Contego Backpacking Knife
Product User Rating: 5/5
Price: On Sale For $182
Availability
: In Stock
Description: The Benchmade Contego is built from Cpm-M4 Steel Blade With Clear Or Black Cerakote. It features a textured and contoured G10 Handle Scales With Stainless Steel Backspacer. Reverse Tanto Blade With Ambidextrous Thumb-Stud Openers. The Contego is a well made and beautiful folding knife. M4 steel is sought after for knife production. The 810 Contego is packed with features to help get any job done.  The Contego tactical folding knife is built with toughness and durability for any occasion.  The Reverse tanto blade for toughness, large-bellied blade for utility cutting and a  heavy milled and textured G10 scales to help you get a firm grip.  Also features a Carbide Glass Breaker and Deep Carry Pocket Clip.

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Gerber Backpacking Knife

Gerber Backpacking Knife

 

Gerber Folding Backpacking Paraframe Knife

Review Details: Gerber Paraframe Backpacking Knife
Product User Rating: 5/5
Price: On Sale For $15
Availability
: In Stock
Description: The Gerber Paraframe is one of the very best knives that you can purchase on a budget.  It is strong and yet lightweight.  It is built from quality materials and will last you a lifetime if cared for.   Here are some of the features of the Gerber Paraframe:

  • Rugged and reliable design
  • All products are field tested
  • Frame lock handle design
  • Lightweight, open stainless steel handles
  • Titanium nitrate-coated blade
  • Overall length: 7.01″
  • Length closed length: 4.11″

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SOG Fixed Blade Backpacking Knife

SOG Fixed Blade Backpacking Knife

 

SOG Fixed Blade Backpacking Knife

Review Details: SOG Backpacking Knife
Product User Rating: 5/5
Price: On Sale For $45
Availability
: In Stock
Description: I love this knife. In my opinion it is a great lightweight fixed blade knife at an affordable price.  Here are the detail on this SOG fixed blade backpacking knife.

    • Partially serrated edge, fixed 4.75-Inch AUS-8 steel blade has a clip point shape with a powder coated finish
    • black handle is made of glass-reinforced Nylon that will fit comfortably in your hand
    • Corrosion resistant and tactical enough to be part of the SEAL series
    • Partially serrated edge, fixed 4.75-inch AUS-8 steel blade has a clip point shape with a powder coated finish
    • Black handle is made of glass-reinforced nylon that will fit comfortably in your hand
    • Includes a black nylon sheath with a belt loop attachment
    • Comes with a limited lifetime warranty

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Asolo GTX Backpacking Boots

Asolo GTX Backpacking and Hiking Boots

Asolo GTX Backpacking and Hiking Boots


Asolo GTX Backpacking Boots

Asolo Boot Review Details: Asolo GTX Backpacking Boots
Product User Rating: 5/5
Availability: In Stock
Description:  Asolo is my boot manufacture of choice, if fact the last 3 pairs of boots that I have purchased have all been Asolo I like them so much.  Out of those boots the Asolo GTX are my favorite pair.  Not only are they the most comfortable boot that I have ever owned but they make for a great backpacking boot with their rigid sole and lightweight design. Here are some of the features of the Asolo GTX boot.

  • Fabric and leather uppers with seam-sealed Gore-Tex linings provide waterproof protection from the elements and light weight construction.
  • Padded ankle cuffs add protective comfort at the ankles while hardened rubber toe bumpers protect against impact and abrasion
  • Duo thermoplastic supports provide torsional stability and control while protecting against impact and bruises on rocks and uneven terrain
  • Molded polyurethane midsoles for comfort and support

As you probably know, boots are one of your most important pieces of backpacking gear.  If you get a bad pair of boots you can suffer from blisters or worse, ruining your trip or adventure. So if you are looking for a great boot, I can not recommend these Asolo GTX’s enough.

 

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