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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!

  • Cashmere vs Merino Wool – which is best?

    Cashmere vs Merino Wool – which is best?

    Cashmere and merino wool are functional fabrics that are both phenomenal for outdoor activities. However, the slightly finer fibers used in cashmere wool make it warmer and more comfortable than merino wool. On the other hand, the thicker fiber of merino makes it more durable, and it is cheaper!

  • Are Fjällräven Backpacks Waterproof? (Answered!)

    Are Fjällräven Backpacks Waterproof? (Answered!)

    While most of their backpacks are exceptionally durable, they are not always fully waterproof. However, many are water resistant in their natural form and can be made fully waterproofed if a specific wax material termed “Greenland Wax” is applied.

  • Nylon vs Polyester: Is 210T Polyester or 20D Nylon Better?

    Nylon vs Polyester: Is 210T Polyester or 20D Nylon Better?

    Most modern tents are made from either nylon or polyester. While nylon is the lightest and most breathable of the two, polyester is more durable and less expensive. However, there are several factors that differentiate the two materials that I will get into here. Normally I recommend nylon for tents as you get far more…

  • What is the best way to inflate a sleeping pad to avoid mold?

    What is the best way to inflate a sleeping pad to avoid mold?

    As a microbiologist, I know better than anyone that bacteria and fungi, like us, need water and heat to survive. Therefore, blowing your smelly humid exhaust into your mat just to heat it up all night with your sweaty body will definitely render it a suitable incubator for nasty microbes!  A moldy sleeping pad may…

  • Best Collapsible Water Bottle With Filter 2024 (5$ to 50$!)

    Best Collapsible Water Bottle With Filter 2024 (5$ to 50$!)

    A small transportable water bottle is essential for fast-paced outdoor activities, whether hiking in the warmth of summer or skiing down the mountain slopes in winter. In this article, I take a look at a set of budget foldable water bottles. Common to them is that they are all made from the same BPA-free and…

  • Best Budget Ultralight Tents In 2024! (Beating Top Brands!)

    Best Budget Ultralight Tents In 2024! (Beating Top Brands!)

    A good affordable ultralight tent is can make all the difference for a good hiking trip! One of the best decisions I made for my hiking experience was to buy an ultralight tent – it is simply much more motivating to get out the door. When your tent does not weigh more than a large…