Category Archive: Gear Reviews

Reviews and recommendations of all types of outdoor gear

Dec 29 2016

Death in the Great Smoky Mountains by Michael Bradley

Most of the hiking-related books I own are strictly guide books. They help me find interesting hikes, and provide historical and geographical information. Sometimes I purchase thru hiking memoirs, and sometimes I purchase ‘how-to’ or survival guides. For Christmas my parents gave me Death in the Great Smoky Mountains by Michael Bradley. This is not a typical …

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May 19 2015

Sierra Designs Gnar Hoody Review

The Sierra Designs Gnar Hoody is easily one of the best pieces of clothing I own. For many years I was content with my Stoic synthetic insulated jacket, but one thing it lacked was a hood. Two years ago I spied a great deal on SteepandCheap  – a hooded 800-fill down jacket by Sierra Designs for only …

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Nov 03 2014

Patagonia Capilene 2 Lightweight Crew Review

And now for my 2nd gear review! Another product I use all the time – my Patagonia Capilene 2 Men’s Crew base layer. I’ve been wearing this consistently for two years for Fall through Spring seasons since I purchased this product off SteepandCheap for $23.99. I typically wore wool or sleek polyester layers but I am sold …

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Oct 15 2014

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp Review

Here goes my first gear review. I thought I’d go simple with a product I try to always carry on a day hike, and always carry when backpacking. A headlamp – one of the ten essentials (illumination). For the past 6 years I’ve only used two headlamps, a Brunton RL4 and a Black Diamond Spot. …

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