Gear

So this year GearJunkie.com promoted a few ridiculously awesome tech gifts for a giveaway. Can you pick out who you think won? I'll give you one guess and you will then have to wait till 2013 to learn how that guy used the gear to get the girl. Link to gearjunkie.com...
Posted by Ryan Leglu
Sizing: Feels true to size Width: Feels true to width Pros: Good Cushioning, Lightweight, Ankle Support, Good Arch Support Cons: Poor Breathability Best Uses: Mixed Terrain, Rocky/Unstable Terrain, All Weather Conditions, Muddy Conditions   Columbia Sportswear is known for their rugged good looks and this mid height trail shoe does not let down. The mid ankle support is great comfort for times on unstable ground with a heal cup that cushions every hammered step. Lightweight, stylish, and waterproof this shoe is a great way to ween yourself off of those heavy hiking boots for a lighter more agile experience. Because the shoe is waterproof there will be a problem with breathability especially in the summers heat and the lack of metal lace hooks instead of eyeholes where my only two gripes about the shoe. A great buy for those...
Posted by Ryan Leglu, Reviewer
Light as a feather, warm as a park; -- that's the tagline for ExOfficio's Venture wool cardigan sweater, and that's what it delivers through the warmth of merino wool and strength of durable polypropylene fibers. A classy example of form meets function 3out of 5 Chest Size: Feels true to size Sleeve Length: Feels too long Pros: Comfortable, Warm, Stylish Best Uses: Work, Travel Was this a gift?: Yes A stylish option when layering for work or travel that provides the warmth needed without the bulk. Originally submitted at Sierra Trading Post (legalese)...
Posted by Ryan Leglu, Reviewer

July 20th 2012

Trek Life Giveaway

So July 22nd is Hammock Day and what better way to promote the use of enviormently friendly and low impact camping by promoting some great hammocks! Now I have yet to try one as I previously thought my 3-season Mountain Hardware tent woudl suffice but after tons of research and testimonials, it looks like a hammock could be in my future for spring/summer trips in the backcountry. Interested in getting a hammock? Interested in winning a hammock?? Check out the Trek Light Gear annual giveaway for tons of chances to win, I know I have!! And I promise if I win I will use it and tell you all about it, my style. Cheggitout! http://www.treklightgear.com/catalog/pc/home.asp...
Posted by Ryan Leglu, Reviewer
Classic Fedora style hat perfect for Fall/WInter/Spring hiking. Price: $20.00 [may be discontinued] Pros: Great fitting, Warm, classic style Cons: Not ventilated REI Stephens Fedora Hat...

May 25th 2012

Dajo Ascent Knife

Specs: Price: $18 2 In stainless steel, one hand opening blade 2 oz I was in the need for a new daily pocket knife as the previous knife was spring loaded and did not have a safety. In short, it wasn't safe. Testing the knife for over 4 months now both on a daily basis and backpakcing scenario I can say without a doubt this is one of my absolute favorites. Lightweight, small [2.5 inches when closed] and one of the most slimmed down and pocket ready knives around. A durable wire clip is springy yet firm and will last the long haul. Opening the knife with one hand is a bit tricky with the welded thumb catch, but can be done. Opening the knife does not look or feel cool at all. The ergonomics is a bit awkward. BUT, once the blade is open it is all business. A stout 2 inch blade is sharper than a penguin in a three piece suit and will handle any any and...
Looking for a small and lightweight trail multitool to replace my big and bulky Leatherman I stumbled across this little gem by Gerber. I love Gerber products and Bear is pretty BA so I thought, why not? I was plesantly surprised at the amount of flipouts this little guy has. A standard blade, serrated blade, pliers, wire cutters, phillips screwdriver, small and medium standard screwdrivers, bottle opener and tweezers. Pretty much everything is covered here. A great feature is that most of these flipouts can be accessed without opening the entire tool. Very quick and easy to use. This tool will easily replace the Leatherman [Sorry Leatherman!] for a smaller and lighter alternative. Price: $15.00 Specs: Blade Length is 2in, weighs 3 oz Pros: Small, lightweight, ease of use, many useful tools Pros: Maybe too small? Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Multitool...
Purchased for a rainy backpacking trip that turned out to be not as wet as Mr. Weatherman suggested, this rain gear fits like a glove on my Flash 65. I purchased and tested the Royal Medium size for my 65L pack and worked perfectly. A snug fit with connectors that seem like will last the test of time. Also great for traversing though brush so that the back will not snag, this cover really delivered. I suggested this to my brother who will be backbacking through Europe soon as a great defense against pickpocketing attempts too. Durable and packs down to a small pouch. A must have. Price: $30.00 Pros: Packs down small, durable material against tearing, perfect fit  Cons: None so far! Gregory Seam Sealed Rain Cover...

May 25th 2012

REI Milo Slippers

Honestly one of the best pairs of indoor slippers there is.  A soft rubber sole protects from the ground with soft sheepskin wool in the inside cradling your toes. Sheepskin leather binds it all together nicely. The sizes run a bit small but only at first. As they are worn, the wool forms to the contours of your feet in a way undescribable. Fantastic.  I would not recommend wearing these outside. Price: $35.00 [discountinued?] Pros: Comfortable after wear, warm yet breatheable, stylish Cons: Bulky, not intended for outside use REI Milo Slippers...
A super lightweight and easy to use and carry personal flashlight. Operates by either holding down the button at the end of the light or by twisting the end for constant light. Using one LED bulb does the trick as it provides all the light one would need for personal use. A great accompanyment to a headlamp. Price: $10.00 [discontinued] Pros: small and packable, light up to 30meters Cons: Touch for on is sensitive Gerber Firecracker LED Flashlight...
Posted by Ryan Leglu, Reviewer
After a cheap aluminum spork died unexpectantly [I sat on it] I was in the market for a new one. This lightweight wonder caught my eye and was cheap enough to test out. Long enough to get to the bottom of a backpackers freeze dried pack and durable enough to stash in the pack without worrying about peircing other things or bending, this little spork does it all and is great addition to my portable kitchen. Price: $7.00 Pros: Perfect Length, Carabiner included, super lightweight Cons: None! Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spork...
Posted by Ryan Leglu, Reviewer

March 26th 2012

REI Flash 65 Pack

Originally submitted at REI The REI Flash 65 pack is ready for multiday adventures. Carry your gear in comfort. REI Flash 65 Pack - Men's - Special Buy Lightweight & Low Profile By Leglugot86ed from Bay Area, CA on 3/26/2012       4out of 5 Pros: Highly Adjustable, Lightweight Cons: Non Replaceable Straps Best Uses: Light Loads, Extended Hikes, Day Hikes Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist Was this a gift?: No I purchased this pack used prior to the announcement of all the awards it received. I was first drawn to it because of how compact and how darned light it was. I am constantly looking for deals on lighter and more durable gear. This pack has held 30 lbs like a pro [5 day trip] but I am usually running it at 20 lbs for a...

September 7th 2011

Sony Bloggie

Recently my wife had a birthday and for her birthday she got from her family a new pocket sized camera. The Sony Bloggie is a pint sized camera perfect for social gatherings outdoors or indoors with a lot of light.  All in all, its a great camera to take out on weekends hanging with the friends but not quite the camera to take to the beach for those high def panoramic images. I have yet to take it on a hike but when I do I will be sure to follow up. Pros Small and Lightweight with a touch screen Easy one button Picture and different button for record Flip out USB that makes uploading a dream Pretty sweet viewer/uploader software Quick on/off and shooting Cons No Flash and doesn't do well in dimmed surroundings Limited zoom No removable data chip Picture taking can be cumbersome with small button...