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  • Review: Sitka Kelvin Lite

    Maintaining the perfect body temperature while hunting is no easy chore. From glassing on early mornings to stalking through impromptu snowstorms, having a reliable mid-layer is crucial. The Kelvin Lite Down Jacket from…
  • Review: Hydrate Gnarly

    After strenuous activity on hot summer days, there’s only one thing better than cold water—and that’s cold water with electrolytes and B-vitamins. Enter Gnarly Hydrate, a healthier, less-sugary option than many popular…
  • Review: Janu Shirt

    With a unique pattern designed by artists in rural India, the organic-cotton-blended Janu Shirt from Outdoor Research sets itself apart from the crowd. Besides an extraordinary style, the Janu is lightweight, moisture-…
  • Review: Inreach Mini

    Garmin calls its Inreach Mini “pocket-sized peace of mind.” It is certainly true that carrying this device on adventures gives me a sense of security. It also boasts many user-friendly features. Though I don’t plan to use…
  • Review: Sitka Jetstream

    When hunting, I keep my kit simple—which means I need one coat for all conditions. From mid-September in the high country to late November on the prairie, the Sitka Jetstream Jacket keeps me warm and dry. This versatile…
  • Review: Solo Stove's Bonfire

    I’ve been camping in hundreds of spots around the world, and one of my key rules is to leave no trace. I can't begin to count the number of times I've discovered a beautiful spot spoiled by people leaving a rock fire pit…
  • Review: Costa Sunglasses

    I’ve been wearing Costa sunglasses since the 1980s when I first discovered them at a surfing competition at Daytona Beach. I wore them constantly fishing for tarpon, redfish, and snook. Forty years later, I live in Montana…
  • Review: Sterling Quest

    As with most things in climbing, balance is key. This is true from footholds and gear placements, to the cord that keeps you safely tethered to your partner. To satisfy the latter, I picked up a 60-meter, 9.6mm Sterling …
  • Review: Attack 1 Western Fly Rod

    Here’s an idea: instead of carrying several different rods in your (requisite) rooftop rod-holder, maybe just have one rod with different tips? That way, you have an extra tip if you break one, and you also have multiple…
  • Review: Pace 8

    Beauty lies in simplicity. The USWE Pace 8’s simple design gets the important details right. Tailored construction with a breathable mesh lining allows for a lightweight fit, free of bouncing and chafing. Well-designed…
  • Review: Zenbivy Motobed

    Backpacking may be about beauty and solitude, but car-camping connotes comfort & convenience—and the Zenbivy Motobed delivers both in spades. Simply unstrap, roll out, blow up, and climb in. It's as easy as that. The…
  • Review: BearCozy

    Mountain biking in bear country—around here, it's unavoidable. In almost every direction, there's a chance of an untimely encounter with a surprised, protective, or pissed-off bruin. And if your bear spray is in your bike…
  • Review: Zenbivy Light Bed

    The adaptable Zenbivy Light Bed offers autonomy to backpackers of all kinds. From classic mummy bag to plain old pad-and-blanket, the hook-and-loop system allows you to choose how you assemble your sleeping setup. The kit…
  • Review: Helly Hansen Verglas

    Nobody knows wet weather better than sailors, so it's no surprise that the Helly Hansen Verglas Infinity Shell Jacket sheds moisture like a freshly lacquered poop deck. The company has a marine background, and they've put…
  • Review: Grizzly Drifter 20

    From floating the river to picnicking in in the park, a good cooler is a summertime staple. Classic hard-sided coolers may be the standard for longer outings, but for shorter jaunts and when space is at a premium, a quality…
  • Review: Beyond Rainwear

    When it rains, it pours—especially in Montana, as those late-afternoon thundershowers hammer the hapless with raging wind and frigid raindrops. To fend off this fearsome weather, quality rainwear is essential. Enter Beyond…
  • Review: Jack Wolfskin Hydro III

    With its light weight, snug & comfy fit, and slick SUPER DWR finish, the Hydro III by Jack Wolfskin is an excellent choice for cool mornings on the trail. This versatile mid-layer repels light drizzle indefinitely, and…
  • Review: Sitka Mountain Jacket

    With cold mornings, warm afternoons, and sudden rain and snow squalls, springtime in Montana is variable to say the least. To stay comfortable while chasing gobblers, I picked up a Sitka Mountain Jacket, a lean, quiet coat…

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