Zinetic Pocket Slippers

“Boots off. Happy on.” That’s Zinetic Inc.’s slogan for its line of unisex pocket slippers for the outdoors. Kind of (somehow) sexy sounding I thought…

SPOT Satellite Messenger

I blogged on this last week in my OR Show wrap-up, but the PLB-like device deserves a bit more attention. Indeed, the SPOT Satellite Messenger…

Guyot Designs’ Splashguard

Sometimes the simplest solutions are among the best. Take Guyot Designs’ Splashguard Universal, a $3.25 cap designed to fit all wide-mouth water bottles from Nalgene,…

Buck/Mayo Kaala knife

Knife geeks call this new blade from Buck “light, fast, agile and elegant.” Seriously, they do. Those adjectives are front and center on the press…

The Bedroll Protector Review

In the realm of mediocre product ideas, Blackstone Outdoor Gear’s new Bedroll Protector wins a top prize. To be fair, this water-resistant sleeping bag cover…

BigFoot Gear Bag

“It’s a tarp! It’s a ground cloth! It’s the Ultimate Carry Anything Bag!” Thus screams the headline on www.bigfootbag.com, where PortaQuip LLC of Loveland, Colo.,…

Gear Review – BigFoot Gear Bag

“It’s a tarp! It’s a ground cloth! It’s the Ultimate Carry Anything Bag!” Thus screams the headline on www.bigfootbag.com, where PortaQuip LLC promotes its new…

Jetboil Review Redux

In my blog last week about a field test high on Mount Shasta, I revealed some gear performance inadequacies, including a mention of the Jetboil…

Stanley Outdoor 20oz. Food Jar

The drab-green torpedo that is the classic Stanley thermal bottle has been keeping coffee hot in the outdoors since 1913. Now, the company has decided…

Daily Dose: Minimalist tents

Newtonian physics may one day stymie the progress of lightweight tent design. But until then, a handful of companies will pursue the Holy Grail of…

ForbesTraveler.com — 21st-Century Camping

Want the scoop on Neiman Marcus’ new “TV Lantern”? How about feather beds made for the outback? Click to ForbesTraveler.com for a story I just…

Quechua 2-Second Tent

Last week I reviewed three high-end tents made for minimalist hikers who need to go fast and light through the wilds. This week’s featured shelter,…

Mora knives

More than 100 years ago, in the rural Swedish village of Ostnor, just outside of the well-known town of Mora, a knifesmith named Erik Frost…

The Thumb Compass Review

The thumb compass is a funny little esoteric piece of gear that’s slowly earned my respect over the past few months. I was first introduced…

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