Snowshoe Poles and Bags

The truth is I am not really a fan of snowshoeing after I discovered that I can run on trails with these nifty things called YakTrax and if there is any bit of powder out there you won’t be able to find me anywhere but on my skis.  But snowshoeing is an easy and affordable way to explore the winter […]

Best Water Filters and Purifiers For Hiking and Backpacking

Clear, sparkling, free flowing mountain streams are not necessarily as pure as they appear.  Sure it is possible to drink from backcountry streams and not get sick, but is it worth the risk? Mountain streams can be tainted with Giardia, Cryptosporidum, Campylobacter, and a number of other microbes that can leave you ill with stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and fatigue […]

MSR Hubba Hubba 2-Person Tent

MSR Hubba Hubba – lightweight backpacking tent with generous space and durable design At only 4 pounds, the Hubba Hubba by MSR is a fabulous lightweight tent for backpackers and minimalist travelers.  Pack this popular freestanding, 2-person, 3-season tent when you need a generous amount of space without having to haul a heavy load. The Hubba Hubba’s latest model features […]

MSR Skinny One Tent

MSR Skinny One Tent – Light one person tent. At first glance the MSR Skinny One Backpacking Tent might appear to be similar to a number of other one person backpacking tents. But, it is the things that you can’t really see in the pictures that make the MSR Skinny One Backpacking Tent really shine. If you are a backpacker […]


MSR XGK EX Stove – Another quality backpacking stove from MSR. In my honest opinion, Moutain Safety Research makes some of the best backpacking stoves out there. They have definitely set the bar when it comes to well crafted and efficient backpacking stoves. It amazes me how they constantly improve their products and come up with new ones that are […]

MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent

MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent – A roomy and lightwieght backpacking tent. It isn’t often that you find a two person backpacking tent that is both spacious and lightwieght. Backpacking tents tend to be or or the other, but that’s not the case with the MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent. It is no doubt that these features are what caught […]

MSR Pocket Rocket Backpacking Stove

MSR Pocket Rocket Backpacking Stove – Lightest stove ever! When it comes to efficient, lightweight backpacking stoves, it is hard to beat the MSR Pocket Rocket Backpacking Stove. It is so small in fact, that the stove portion could actually fit in your pocket with room to spare. If you are a serious lightweight backpacker, or just looking to lighten […]

MSR MiniWorks EX Water Filter

MSR MiniWorks EX Water Filter – affordable water filter MSR has long been popular for there amazing backpacking stoves that only seem to improve over time. But did you know they made water filters as well? There are a ton of great hiking water filters on the market that work in a variety of ways. Some them require little to […]

MSR WhisperLite Backpacking Stove

MSR WhisperLite Backpacking Stove – As simple as it gets. I was surprised when I realized I had yet to write about the MSR WhisperLite Backpacking Stove here on Travel Gear Blog. The MSR WhisperLite Backpacking Stove has pretty much set the standard for any lightweight backpacking stove out there. In fact, the entire MSR line of stoves pretty much […]

MSR HyperFlow Microfilter

MSR HyperFlow Microfilter – Super light and wicked fast. Nobody really likes pumping hiking water filters. Sure they are essential pieces of gear for the whole “survival” factor, but that doesn’t mean we have to like them. Really, what’s to like about them? Most of them require a painstaking amount of pumping that takes forever, only to result in water […]