Bicyclists take care of their bikes, equestrians care for their horses, and subsequently hikers must take care for their feet. I have tried hiking boots, hiking shoes, running shoes, tennis shoes, and even my vans for hiking… and I have yet to find anything that I like more than my new Merrell Mix Masters. I will give my first impressions review.
I was in there for over an hour and there was little to no splatter or difficulties. My only precaution is that it takes some “know-how” to prevent condensation for overnighters.
Brian Green has sent me both a Gossamer Gear Gorilla backpack and Murmur Backpack to give me the chance to use and review them. I really appreciate the opportunity because every person has their own comfort levels and packing styles; I would go broke if I bought every item of gear that caught my eye! Brian actually gave his own review of this pack; I encourage you to check it out here.
The specs can be found on Brian’s review or Gossamer Gear’s website, so I will just spend time discussing my experience. Continue reading
With all kinds of adventures and experiences, I have tried to surmise what I could from our hitchhiking trip from Chattanooga, TN to Nashville, TN. I hope you enjoy!
A new piece of gear for me has been the Hammock Gear Burrow 20F top quilt. I plan on giving a fuller review in the future, but I wanted to give a little of what I experienced while it is still fresh on my mind. I bought this quilt used from a fellow ultralight hiker and he had it custom made with M50 outer shell material, 10D inside, and roughly 11 oz 900 FP down (maybe +1 overfill). With a button-snap closure system this quilt comes out at 528 grams or 18.6 oz, which is much lighter than my previous bag- a North Face Blue Kazoo (40 oz). On This trip I used this quilt in conjunction with my Therm-a-Rest Prolite 3 and Gossamer Gear 1/8 in sleeping pads and the Borahgami.
So I have gotten a little bit more experience with the Borahgami since doing my initial review. I used it for an overnighter on the AT section hike that I did over Thanksgiving with Chad from Stick’s blog and some really cool guys to whom I was introduced. I also carried the Borahgami as my primary shelter during my hitchhiking trip from Chattanooga to Nashville. Continue reading