Category Archives: Gear Reviews

Warbonnet Blackbird hammock

In some respects, switching to a backpacking hammock over a traditional ground tent is a no-brainer for northeast hikers.¬†With a hammock you don’t have to worry about playing tent-platform Tetris, or asking for the “overflow spot” (aka the drainage area), at busy campsites. And yet, if you’re considering a hammock, something is probably giving you pause.

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Greenbelly Meal Bars

Meal planning is arguably the most difficult aspect of backpacking preparation. It’s tough creating a balanced diet out of easily packable foods, a problem Greenbelly has set out to solve, delivering 33 percent of daily nutrition in each package. That’s all well and good, but how do they taste?

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Woolx X-Lite Tee

With claims of providing superior moisture wicking, heat regulation and odor prevention, all without the itch-factor of wool, the Woolx Merino Wool Tee and Boxer Briefs sound perfect for hiking and backpacking. We put them to the test.

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The Woolx X-Tremes Ultimate Hoodie for men, made of 100% Australian Merino wool, is the perfect fit for a winter hiking layering system.

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Salomon SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoes

Even hikers living under a rock must be taking notice of the movement toward wearing trail runners instead of traditional boots. The promise of increased mileage and improved agility through lightweight footwear is hard to ignore. I’ll be the first to admit I’ve seen the cool hiking kids with their shiny new sneaks, and my feet wanted in. Based on a friend’s recommendation I chose the Salomon SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoe.

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Have you ever wondered how rime ice forms? Or why krummholz grows the way it does? Can you tell when hoary rock moss has a case of white worm lichen? Did you know Mt. Washington’s Great Gulf is the largest alpine cirque in New England? The major mountains of Maine were once dubbed the Longfellow Mountains? Or that a caribou herd lived on Katahdin until the early 1900s?

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