HOW TO CHOOSE AND FIT A PACK

When choosing a pack, the first thing to consider is how much capacity you want. Carrying a pack that’s bigger than you need means you’ll be carrying extra weight. Ideally your pack should be big enough to fit all your gear inside except for the items you intentionally choose to attach to the exterior. Types of packs Look at the pack […]

How to Winter Proof Shoes and Boots

Making winter proof shoes can go a long way to protecting both your footwear and your feet from cold, wet weather. We‘ve compiled a list of some of the best do-it-yourself hacks to make winter a little easier. Snow proofing your winter shoes: top tips to create DIY snow boots Having cold feet isn’t a […]

LIGHTWEIGHT PACKING TIPS

You can travel farther and faster if you carry less gear. If you have only a weekend to get away, this strategy can increase the range of trails you can cover. The secret is to give up a few creature comforts to reduce the weight of your pack, without sacrificing anything you need or compromising […]

THE 10 ESSENTIALS FOR HIKING AND CAMPING

Wondering what to bring hiking? Even if you’re only planning to be out for a few hours on a day hike, it’s important to pack some essential items. Weather can change quickly outdoors, and something as simple as a rolled ankle might mean you’re out longer than expected. The essentials for hiking and camping (or […]

DAY HIKING FOR BEGINNERS

When it comes to getting outside, nothing beats a hiking daytrip. Walking along forested trails or setting out to see a nearby waterfall doesn’t need to be a major undertaking, but to beginner hikers, it might appear deceptively simple (especially with all the hiking pics shared online). Some hikes can be as easy as putting […]

HOW TO WASH WATERPROOF JACKETS AND PANTS

When your waterproof jacket was new, you might have noticed the way water beaded up on its fabric. A quick shake was all you needed to get rid of that moisture. But after a season of adventures, your shell might need a little TLC. Maybe it’s starting to look a bit soggy – a phenomenon […]

What type of shoes or boots do you need for hiking?

Traditionally, everyone hiked in big leather boots. But now there are several different types of footwear to choose from: day hiking shoes, day hiking boots. Day hiking shoes Low-cut day hiking shoes take the flexible soles of trail runners and beef them up for the rigors of the trail. They give you more stability than […]

Hiking for Beginners: 10 Essential Tips

Hiking is an excellent low-impact workout. Studies show it offers multiple physical and mental benefits. From reducing anxiety to preventing osteoporosis, hiking is an outdoor activity delivering benefits beyond scenic and fun. Unlike walking on a treadmill or paved path, hiking involves more, sometimes unpredictable, variables. Of course, these variables are part of what makes it so […]

Additional Sleeping Bag Features

Sleeping bag hood: A hood offers added warmth, especially when cinched tightly around your head. Some hoods include “differentiated drawcords,” which have different thicknesses so that you can easily tell which cord adjusts the neck fit and which adjusts the hood opening. Draft-blocking features: Draft tubes run the length of the bag behind the zipper […]

How to Get the Best Sleeping Bag Fit

The shape categories above are very general—dimensions vary quite a bit from bag to bag. In addition, much like shoe brands, bag brands have differing fits. Sleeping bags also come in a variety of sizes: Adult sleeping bags: Most bags come in regular and long sizes. Some also come in a short size. If your height […]