Are you looking for a day hiking backpack? In my opinion, the best backpack for day hikes is the Osprey Manta 25 – hands down! I took this backpack on multiple day hikes and I absolutely love it. It is very durable, light and really comfortable to wear.
The Osprey Manta 25 is slim & long and fits snug onto your back, so that your arms are not scrubbing against it while hiking. This also makes it a great backpack for trail running.
My back tends to start sweating quickly and the Osprey AirSpeed suspension offers a great amount of ventilation between the pack and your back.
Check out another great review of the Osprey Manta 25 at Gear.com.
Packing Volume: 25 Liters / 1,300 cu.
Weight: 11 oz. (empty)
Pack includes a 3 liter Nalgene Hydration Reservoir with a 180° on-off pivot bite valve
Integrated rain cover and pole stowing system
Magnetic sternum strap buckle
Elastic stretch woven front pocket
Light alloy frame suspension
Tensioned breathable mesh fabric provides superb airflow through back contact zone.
I recently purchased the Arcteryx Scarabee jacket as a hardshell layer for skiing and snowboarding. I’ve been on a search for a great jacket for several years and so far have been very happy with the way this jacket fits and performs.
Made with Gore-tex Softshell fabric which has been engineered to pass the mostaggressive rain tests while still being soft to the touch and maintaining comfort and freedom of movement.
Lots of easily accesible pockets with watertight zippers
Women’s specific design with a flattering fit and a longer torso
The first thing most people see with a technical hardshell is the price tag. Most hardshells seem to range anywhere from $200 to $600 dollars. I suppose this is what long deterred me from purchasing a hardshell, however after looking into all of the options I think investing in a hardshell is well worth it.
Hardshells are much more versatile than your average insulated ski/board jacket.
Quality of the fabric, seams, and zippers are unmatched which not only will keep you dry but also protect everything you want to bring with you on the mountain. It’s no fun to get home from a long day on the mountain to find your camera or phone completely waterlogged.
Gore-tex fabrics are engineered to be breathable so not only do they keep the water out they allow you to breathe and keep the sweat off your back which is key when your working hard at the resort or hiking a line in the back country.
The most obvious benefit is that the shell can be worn alone or easily layered for a variety of conditions. The Scarabee jacket provides full protection from wind and water on its own and for your average day at the resort you won’t need much more than a solid baselayer to keep you warm. For those extra cold days add a fleece or a light down liner and you will be good to go without adding too much bulk.
Are you looking for trail running shoes? I bought a pair of Salomon trail running shoes earlier this year and I think they are great for hiking and trail running.
Even though they are super lightweight, I have never gotten wet feet in them yet and I have been using them in snow-covered terrain on a multiple day backpacking hike. They offer fantastic traction in muddy and snow covered terrain.
The quick-lace system is very convenient and provides a snug fit. The shoe feels comfortable and I have never gotten blisters in them yet.
I found another very detailed review of the Salomon XT Wings 2 on Ransacker.co.uk.
Last week, I bought a 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon Weekender Edition for our endless outdoor adventures to come. She seems to be in mechanically sound condition, but needs some good interior and exterior scrubbing before we take her on our first trip. We named the young lady “Tootsie Roll”.
The Volkswagen Vanagon is the ultimate outdoor vehicle, because it does not cost much to pick one up, that means you have more money to actually go places, and it has enough room to comfortably sleep in plus it stores all your outdoor adventure gear. It also is not very difficult to repair it yourself. There are multiple websites that list all kinds of tutorials on how to repair almost everything on that vehicle.
I recently bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2. I have tested the camera now on multiple hikes, scuba diving in Bali and snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain. And so far I am very satisfied with my purchase.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 is shock proof, water proof, dust proof and freeze proof. On my trip to Bali, I took a bunch of pictures under water and the camera truly was water proof and fully functional after being under water for a long time.
The size of the camera is also great. It is just slightly larger than other non-rugged digital cameras currently on the market. I really enjoy the multiple modes one can select. From a fully automatic mode, to film grain to completely manual.