Dakine Pulse II Insulator Review
Let’s be real for a moment: The weather the past few months has been insanely unpredictable. When the East coast was getting dumped on with snow, the West was dry. Wind, rain, snow, and sun teamed up and delivered a weather report that was unreliable. Uler was feeble, and we all suffered in his wake.  [...]
L.L. Bean Snowfield Backpack Review
Last spring and so far this winter I have had the opportunity to ski with one of L.L. Beans new line of ski and snow inspired backcountry backpacks, The Snowfield Day Pack. L.L. Bean Makes Backpacks? First off I would like to say I had no idea L.L. Bean even made backpacks so I was  [...]
Dakine Blade 38l Backpack Review
When it comes to lugging around a bunch of gear for the backcountry I tend to gravitate toward Dakine backpacks. Dakine’s designer clearly work hand and hand with their athletes as these backpacks are incredibly functional and well thought out. For the past year I have been testing the 38l Dakine Blade Backpack on all  [...]
Showers Pass Utility Backpack Review
The Showers Pass Utility Backpack is just the next stage in the evolutionary blending of the hardcore road cyclist and the commited pedal commuter, a lightweight style-heavy monster ready for whatever mother nature throws at it. Not that I’m a roadbiker. I mountain bike a bit; townie cruise when I can. But otherwise I’m usually  [...]
What Sort of Camping Style Are You After?
Determining your camping “style” for a particular weekend is largely based on what type of activities you may be planning to pursue during those days. Backpacking up and over a pass or two, you definitely don’t want to carry your camp stove! Just hanging out at a campsite for a birthday celebration, you can bring  [...]