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Category: Recommended Gear

I write about my favorite outdoor gear and the different materials used in outdoor gear to help you make informed decisions before you buy!

  • How to Keep Groundhogs and Gophers Out of Your Backyard!

    How to Keep Groundhogs and Gophers Out of Your Backyard!

    I have previously written a range of articles on what groundhogs eat, and how they, depending on the season, may ruin your backyard by eating your plants, including flowers, tomatoes, onions, and numerous fruits. The same is the case for gophers. There are several ways to make sure that rodents like groundhogs, gophers, mice, and…

  • How to safely prepare beef jerky for hiking?

    How to safely prepare beef jerky for hiking?

    Making beef jerky is a great way to preserve meat when you go hiking, but there are a few things you need to know before getting started. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the precautions you need to take when preparing beef jerky, as well as how long it lasts and when it…

  • Naturehike CW300 Sleeping Bag Review (Best Value Down Bag?)

    Naturehike CW300 Sleeping Bag Review (Best Value Down Bag?)

    A proper sleeping bag is a must-have on any hiking or outdoor trip where an overnight stay is included. Whether you are planning to stay in a tent or in a hut, a soft and warm sleeping bag is essential to keep you warm at night. Sleeping bags come in a variety of styles, materials,…

  • How to Store a Down Sleeping Bag to Avoid Clumping?

    How to Store a Down Sleeping Bag to Avoid Clumping?

    Have you ever experienced “cold spots” in your sleeping bag? Clumping causes them and clumping may be caused by suboptimal storage of your bag. Gear can get expensive and no one likes to ruin their equipment by storing it the wrong way. Despite that, I see quite some debate in the online hiking communities on…

  • Fjällräven vs. North Face

    Fjällräven vs. North Face

    There can be a lot of brands to choose from when it comes to your outdoor needs and equipment. However, these two brands stand out from the crowd when it comes to producing quality outdoor gear and everyday apparel. Fjällräven is a Swedish brand company that focuses on creating and developing the right outdoor needs,…

  • Fjällräven vs. Osprey backpacks

    Fjällräven vs. Osprey backpacks

    If you’re someone who particularly loves outdoor adventures such as hiking, camping, or climbing, then you might already be familiar with some daypacks from Fjällräven or Osprey. Both brands are very reputable when it comes to backpacks, so why choose one over the other? Whereas Osprey is a well-known and popular brand with a great…

  • Do All Wool Types Have Lanolin? (Are any lanolin-free?)

    Do All Wool Types Have Lanolin? (Are any lanolin-free?)

    There seems to be quite a bit of confusion around what wool types contain lanolin and which ones don’t, so let’s be clear: All wool-bearing animals produce some sort of grease to give their wool the beneficial traits of wool discussed here – there is no such thing as a natural wool type completely free…

  • Carbon Fiber vs. Aluminium Tent Poles (Which is Best?)

    Carbon Fiber vs. Aluminium Tent Poles (Which is Best?)

    I have previously written two posts on how to choose a flysheet material including the different types of nylon used for tents for your tent, but what about the tent poles? Tent poles are usually made of strong and lightweight materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum, or fiberglass. What are the advantages and disadvantages of…

  • Does Merino Wool Shrink When Washed? (How To Avoid It!)

    Does Merino Wool Shrink When Washed? (How To Avoid It!)

    Merino wool is a remarkable material made from the wool of Australian and New Zealand merino sheep. Not only is the wool incredibly soft and durable, but it is also known for being resistant to odor, breathable, versatile, and exceptionally comfortable. These staggering properties of merino wool, along with its many other benefits, make it…

  • Can You Make Jerky With Cooked Meat?

    Can You Make Jerky With Cooked Meat?

    Whether you are going hiking or just looking for a healthy treat, beef jerky is a great choice because it is portable, tastes great, and lasts long without refrigeration. Some hikers use it as a snack during the day while others combine it with vegetables and rice or pasta for a savory evening meal. Yes,…