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Field Tested: Vasque Snowburban Winter Hiking Boots

When it comes to choosing footwear for any of my outdoor activities I’m particularly picky. This became a major issue when it came time to purchase a new pair of winter hiking boots. I tried several brands including Scarpa, Keen, Columbia, Salewa, and Asolo. None of the boots felt right. They would either be too bulky and stiff or too light weight with not enough insulation.After several weeks of hunting I finally ended up with a pair of Vasque Snowburban winter hiking boots. These boots are a nice compromise between a burly 3 season hiker and a winter mountaineering boot. 

Choosing A Personal Locator Device – SPOT Gen 3 Satellite Messenger Review

On long remote hikes or deep winter endeavors injuries that would otherwise make for a bad day, can be deadly. Cell phone service here in the north east can unreliable, or non-existent on my T-Mobile phone. It’s important to be able to signal for help when you’re in trouble in the back country. This is where PLB’s and Satellite Communicators come in. Before I continue, I’d like to state that I’m going to cover these devices from a layman’s perspective without delving too far into how they work, what frequencies they work on, etc… 

Field Tested: Ultimate Direction Wasp (New Version) Pack Review

As a hiker turned newbie trail runner, more and more of my gear has started to seem heavy, cumbersome, and not well suited for the task. One of the most obvious pieces of gear is my day pack.  It was time to fix that problem. After much research and buying/returning I landed on the Ultimate Direction Wasp (2015 Version). I noticed there’s barely any reviews or information about this pack online so I figured I would write a review myself in hopes that I can help someone else in search for the right pack.