I bought the $85 Vargo titanium water bottle to see if it was worth it. The answer? It's complicated. Here's my review.
Ben Kilbourne hikes and packrafts along the Green River in Wyoming.
Andrew and Ryan talk about skills and strategies for painting, writing, composing, and photography while backpacking.
What is MVTR's role in active insulation garments?
In his new column, Simple Gear Tests, Backpacking Light author Rex Sanders provides suggestions for at-home gear tests you can do with minimal time and expense. First up - a plan for verifying the capacity of your USB-rechargeable devices.
Now when I'm reading on an NPS or USFS website and see "gate closed until..." I don't see a barrier - I see an opportunity for solitude.
Andrew and Ryan chat with Jaden Bales from the Wyoming Wildlife Federation about western wildfires.
Why do so many of us still feel compelled to have fires?
The Inov-8 Terraultra G 270 (9.5 oz / 270 g, MSRP $160) is a moderately-cushioned, zero drop, wide toebox trail running shoe with better-than-average durability and fantastic fit.
An off-trail trek through a Zambian wildlife preserve.
What are you trying to accomplish when you backpack?
Air permeability vs. moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR): which one impacts moisture transport more in wind and rain jackets?
This study compares the performance of four jackets made with fabrics that span a wide range of air permeability rates and moisture vapor transmission rates (MVTR). The study shows that significantly greater moisture removal can be achieved as a function of jacket MVTR than jacket air permeability.
Is backpacking your hobby or your habit? Examining the subtle difference can provide profound insights into how to spend your time.
In a year of back-and-forth hiking plans and a busy career in backpacking media, Maggie works on understanding what backpacking means to her.
The YAR.gear Mountain Drifter 38L (~18 oz / 510 g, MSRP $200) is a light and modular fastpacking pack that can accommodate heavier loads for short distances if need be.
Rex Sanders reflects on what he learned after eight months of digging into backpacking standards.
The Nemo Dagger 3P (4 pounds 5 ounces / 2 kg, MSRP $529.95) is a three-person, free-standing tent with roomy vestibules, light-diffusing overhead pockets, a stuff-sack system designed to help split the load amongst hiking partners, and pre-bent, color-coded poles (2019 update) for easy setup.
Ben Kilbourne uses the writing of Aldo Leopold to examine his interaction with nature.
In this Skills Short, Ryan Jordan gives a rundown of some common stove windscreens, talks about their pros and cons, and gives some advice on choosing and using the right one for your needs.
The latest findings on thermal degradation in synthetic insulation from Stephen Seeber may surprise you in this By The Numbers column.
Single-speed all the way, baby.