Outdoor

Outdoor

We've seen solar panels, battery packs, and kits in all shapes, sizes, and prices.

Usually the completly contained units are not large enough to power more than your phone, or they're too cumbersome to truly be considered 'portable'.

Exploring your local ski mountain doesn't have to be a major production. Of course we all love the epic family ski vacation (See Whistler 2012 or Vail 2017), however one of the best reasons to live in a 'Snow State' is the day trip.

Sponsored by The North Face, Sherpa Cinemas has released TSIRKU, a short three-part series following two skiers + one snowboarder as they tackle the Corrugated spine lines of the Tsirku Glacier.

While we all love the availability and inventory of the big 'go-to' gear shops (REI, Dicks, etc), it's nice to support a more "Local" effort when possible.

Gear Junkie has a great list of the top independently run gear shops across the US. While most on the list are in the western half of the country, there are plenty of options across our great land.

From the East Coast to the West, 'glamping' in rented pre-setup canvas tents seems to be all the rage. Is this type of camping really worth the nightly rental?

The guys over at Expedition Portal recently published their long-term test of the Big Agnes Hog Park sleeping bag.

This excellent article from the Winter 2016 issue of Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine will get you ready for a little snow exploring this winter.

Major points include easy ways to get started, where to go, and tips to stay safe while on your adventure.

Read the full article on TCT Magazine's site!

Beau Johnston from Living Overland spent a little time with the Tamron 15-30mm lense. While many of us prefer to use Prime lenses from our preferred camera vendor when possible, the reality is this: wallets eventually run out of cash. 

Thankfully, there are other less expensive options that still provide a suitable level of performance. Beau goes over everything from construction to performance this very detailed review.

Read the full article on Living Overland.com

Our colleagues at Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine have published a really simple sleeping bag buyers guide. The article from contributor Katie Levy  goes over 5 basic questions:

  1. What Will The Sleeping Bag Be Used For?
  2.  What Temperatures Will You Sleep In?
  3.  What Type of Insulation Do You Need?
  4.  What Shape and Style Are You Looking For?
  5.  What Kind of Extra Features Are You Looking For?

From there it's simply a matter of choosing a brand that meets your criteria and placing your order.

Read the full story on TCT Magazine

The excellent outdoor adventure blog, Bearfoot Theory, has published their quintessential guide to lightweght backpacking gear. Some of our favorite brands made the cut!

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