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Review: Therm-a-Rest SpeedValve Sleeping Pads

Review: Therm-a-Rest SpeedValve Sleeping Pads

Having used various Therm-a-Rest mattresses with the typical screw-down valve for almost 20 years, the new SpeedValve system looks a bit odd and feels quite strange to use at first. But after a couple months of weekly use the SpeedValve has proven to be faster and easier to inflate, significantly […]

Review: Big Agnes Battle Mountain 2

Review: Big Agnes Battle Mountain 2

There are three main things I look at when shopping for a four-season carry-friendly mountain tent: weight, strength and price. Those three are often at odds with each other, and finding that perfect combination can take time and a lot of research. The Big Agnes Battle Mountain 2 most certainly […]

Review: Therm-a-Rest Couple Sleep System

Review: Therm-a-Rest Couple Sleep System

Snuggling into your climbing partner while shivering on a ledge, half-covered by one sleeping bag, is not the most enjoyable way to spend a night. Memorable, yes, but comfortable it is not, and having your own sleeping bag would be much more preferable. Sometimes, however, it is nice to share […]

Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X-Therm

Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X-Therm

The Therm-a-Rest brand has been a staple for years. I have a BaseCamp mattress going on 13 years of use, but it takes up as much space as a folding chair in my car! When I started looking for something a bit more space friendly, the X-Therm was at the […]

Field Tested: Big Agnes Shield 2 tent

Field Tested: Big Agnes Shield 2 tent

Quiet descended over our tent as the wind retreated, gathering for another vicious gust. The moon cast a yellowish glow upon the tarn; an eerie, bright spotlight amid the suddenly still valley. A distant rush swept over the cliff faces, fading momentarily before striking our tent broadside with full force. […]