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Sea to Summit X-Pot Kettle

October 17, 2016

This is by far my favorite pot on the consumer market. I started out using the X-Pot 2.8, but quickly gravitated toward the X-Pot Kettle as my choice for quick summer weekend adventures. Packing size: This is my favorite feature. The Kettle Pot collapses down, taking space in your backpack. Product Weight: The X-Pot Kettle weighs … Read more

Sea to Summit X-Pot 2.8L

October 16, 2016

In support of my kids venturing out to backpack 900 miles in 2016, Sea To Summit sent my kids the X-Pot 31 set which contained the X-Pot 2.8L cooking pot. Overall, we found it to be durable, space efficient and a great addition to our backpacking kitchen. Similar to other X-Series products from Sea To Summit, this … Read more

Thorlos Socks – 500 Miles of Kid Tested Socks

September 9, 2016

If your kids are anything like my kids, socks don’t have a chance at long term survival. In the hiking/backpacking world, though, having the right type of socks can make or break a trip. Thorlos socks seemed to have found the right formula between comfort, functionality and surviving the sock life in a kids boot. … Read more

Delorme InReach Explorer

July 21, 2016

Quite a few different PLB’s (personal locator beacon) are out on the market these days. A quick Google search will get you started on the varieties and comparisons. Like most products you invest in, it will come down to functionality, product cost and subscription cost. I have tested three different PLB’s, and came to the … Read more

Deuter Fox 40

July 21, 2016

In January, Deuter sent us two Fox 40 backpacks for each of my two kids to help them on their journey of backpacking 1000 miles this year. It was like Christmas Gear Day when the two backpacks arrived. We immediately sized the backpacks to each of the kids and went backpacking for the weekend to … Read more

What’s in my 10 year old’s backpack?

March 11, 2016

Like my last post, I hope you read this and get an idea of what a 10 year old may be able to carry in his/her backpack for a multiday trip. However, not all 10 year olds are the same, and I caution you to just use this as a reference. My son weighs 68lbs and averages 12-15lbs. of … Read more

What is in my 8 year old’s backpack?

March 11, 2016

My hope is that you read this and get an idea of what an 8 year old may be able to carry in his/her backpack for a multiday trip. However, not all 8 year olds are the same, my 10 year old was carrying a little more weight at 8 years old than my current 8 … Read more

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 Tent

January 25, 2016

Deuter Fox 30 – Kids Backpacking Pack

January 25, 2015

I can’t say enough about how much I love the Deuter Fox 30 backpack. I bought my son one when he was 6, but I could have waited a year for his slender body to grow into it. When my daughter turned 6, I ran out and bought her one as well. These packs have … Read more