Sport Watches

As mentioned in my 2018 Gear post, I love my Garmin 935, but it’s not the watch for everyone. The following are a list of sports watches that I would recommend to others. Garmin 935 Watch: is a do everything watch which is light enough that I … “Sport Watches”

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ArcTeryx Norvan SL Rain Jacket Review

This is a work in progress. My 2018 Gear post had several entries which were too long and should have been more complete reviews. This is one of those. I make a copy of the text and dumped it here.  I will update this page in the … “ArcTeryx Norvan SL Rain Jacket Review”

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Travel Packs

I encourage people to use carry on sized travel packs for most trips. I explain my rational for this in my packing and traveling light post. Below are a list of travel packs which I think are worth a closer look. This is list is … “Travel Packs”

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Flashlights & Headlamp

Flashlights and headlamps let you continue your activities once it is too dark to see. The ability to expend the hours that we can do things is invaluable. Today, virtually all flashlights and headlamps use LED to produce light. I strongly encourage people to retired … “Flashlights & Headlamp”

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Knives and Other Sharps

Many activities requires cutting things. Cutting needs varies: food preparation, opening packaging, trimming material to cover a blister,  or hacking branches off a tree to build an emergency shelter. My Choice My “daily carry” knife is a Victorinox Rambler Pocket Knife which is the smallest tool I … “Knives and Other Sharps”

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Water Treatment & Containers

Next to staying warm, the most important survive and comfort factor is to make sure you drink an adequate amount of safe water. This often means you need to carry water and be prepared to treat water. Not all locations have a continuous supply of … “Water Treatment & Containers”

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Hats

Hats seem to be one of the more personal pieces of gear. More than many items, people seem to care about the style of their hat.  There are a huge number of options with a wide variety of styles, colors, materials, etc. Hats are highly … “Hats”

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Handwear

Like hats, hardware seem to be one of the more “personal” pieces of gear. Unlike “hats”, fit and function rather than style seems to drive most people’s decision making.  The fit of handwear is much more important  than say, a jacket.  Less than 1 cm … “Handwear”

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Rain Gear

The purpose of the shell is to protect you from environmental conditions.  Finding the right shell is quite challenging because staying dry and comfortable requires managing external moisture from rain, sleet, and snow as well as managing internally generated moisture from perspiration and sweat. There is … “Rain Gear”

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Pants

Often people will have a single layer of clothing for their legs. Generally legs need less protection from weather than the torso for several reasons. Moisture management is typically less challenging and in most activities (other than climbing) your legs  generate more heat than your … “Pants”

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