YKS Adjustable Beam Focus LED Headlamp – Gear Review – A view with a zoom

YKS Adjustable Beam Focus LED Headlamp

Disclaimer: I was contacted by an extremely pleasant representative of YKS, a manufacturer in China, asking if I would review one of their products. The item, the YKS Adjustable Beam Focus LED Headlamp reviewed in this article, was listed on Amazon and had good reviews. I said, “Sure” and shortly received the free headlamp with the understanding […]

Dpower Backpacking Stove – Simple and affordable – Gear Review

Water boils!

Disclaimer: I was contacted by an extremely pleasant representative of YKS, a manufacturer in China, asking if I would review one of their products. The item, the Dpower backpacking stove reviewed in this article, was listed on Amazon and had good reviews. I said, “Sure” and shortly received the free stove with the understanding that […]

d.light Solar Lighting – Rugged, Lightweight, and Affordable – Gear Review

d.light S300 Lantern with Solar Panel and Mobile Charging

In June of 2014, after reading a review, I purchased the d.light LED Solar Rechargeable #S20 Area Lantern. The lantern was designed as an alternative to kerosene lamps for developing countries, where, in many cases, productivity that requires lighting ceases at sunset. The S20 has a built in solar panel and sheds quite a bit […]

Gear Review – Columbia’s Men’s Diamond 890 TurboDown Hooded Down Jacket – My current favorite backpacking jacket – #omniten

Viewing a freezing sunrise at Haleakala, the top of Maui

Disclaimer: I received the Diamond 890 TurboDown Jacket for free while on a trip wholly funded by Columbia Sportswear. They were the best hosts one could imagine. I received a ton of gear and I am giving my honest opinion of this jacket, since I’ve used it so much since I got it. They gave […]

Peak a Peak and Go – 100 Peaks T-Shirt now available on Adayak

I just got back from backpacking four days in the Sierra Nevada backcountry and what do I find in my inbox? The 100 Peaks T-shirt is ready to go. It’s been a long time coming, but the 100 Peaks T-shirts are now available at Adayak.com. Support 100peaks.com and show to everyone that you love the […]

Gear review – Columbia Men’s Baselayer Midweight Long Sleeve 1/2 Zip #omniten

Columbia Baselayer on the top of Fox Mountain

Disclaimer: As part of this season’s #omniten crew, I was sent a big box full of stuff to try. This Columbia Men’s Baselayer Midweight Long Sleeve was one of those items. Columbia has asked me to simply be honest in any reviews of their gear, or don’t review them at all. I tend to only review […]

Guerrilla Packs Samurai 50L – A rugged backpack for a great price

Guerrilla Packs Samurai 50L on the way to the top of Fox Mountain

Disclaimer: Guerrilla Packs graciously sent me a backpack (Samurai 50L) for me to field test. They simply asked me to blog about it, either positively or negatively. What follows is my honest review of the backpack. Over the years, I’ve gotten some great gear. This time wasn’t any different. Looking at the specs, I knew […]

Gear Review – Avex Brazos Water Bottle – More water for me

Avex Brazos doesn't fit into the water dispesner. Not tragic.

Disclaimer: Avex sent me a free water bottle (Avex Brazos) for me to field test. There was no requirement for me to blog about it, either positively or negatively, but I’d bet they hoped I did. A water bottle is a water bottle. I have a bunch of them. Some from Nalgene, Life is Good, […]

Another nice interaction with an Outdoor Outfitter – App Outdoors

Last fall, I was contacted by a company called App Outdoors, an outdoor apparel store in Pennsylvania. They said they would give me credit to their store if I would buy something and blog about the experience. No problem! The credit went smoothly and I was tasked to find something that I wanted to buy. Their selection is […]