I’ve spent a lot of time and money on equipment and gear that didn’t work well, didn’t hold up or I just didn’t need. I try to travel like I live. Simply and without a lot of clutter. I always research my stuff to the extreme because I want it to last and be practical. I only recommend something when I own, love and use it. I won’t recommend shit just to get paid. These recommendations are made not just to make advertising revenue but to share with you my experience and save you some time and money. That said I do use the revenue to fund this site, my raging beer habit and traveling. Please read the “Important” legal notice below then scroll through for cool stuff.
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My favorite working, hiking and prospecting pants of all time. I literally beat the shit out of these. The fabric is a lightweight ripstop cotton and nylon. You have to drench these before they start to hold water and even then they dry so quick its not a big deal. There are pockets with internal organizers everywhere. The only thing that’s a little weird is the stretchy fabric below the ass portion. It feels a little odd at first but then you realize when you bend or squat that the motion is effortless because of the material. Working or climbing over rocks and logs is so much easier. Click on pic to view more info or purchase on Amazon.
I hate big and bulky jackets. Even in the winter I like to layer rather than wear a giant parka. This is a great three season jacket. It will even do well on most winter hikes with some layers, provided its not ridiculously cold. It repels wind and water very well. I love the oversized hood. The waist has cinch pulls to keep the fit nice at your waist. This is my go to jacket for most days when I’m on the road. Click on pic to view more info or purchase on Amazon.
I dunno why they call this a jacket. Its a fleece pullover and they are a staple in my outdoor adventures. I own 4 of these. Some of them are 5 years old and still going strong even if a few of them look like they went through a war. Perfect weight for a good layer in the winter or just by itself with a t-shirt when its warmer. The half zip makes it nice for regulating your temperature. The material is soft and cozy. Its also reasonably priced for a quality brand. Click on pic to view more info or purchase on Amazon.
This is a fun hat. I have it in gray. I also often greet people with “Hello Love! in an Australian accent. Most people don’t fall for it but when I have this hat on…. they believe. The hat lets your head breath and keeps the sun off you. I fold the flaps up and secure with the tie when I don’t need sun protection but still need a hat because I didn’t feel like doing my hair. The tie also helps when its really windy. I’ve seen a few hats almost go off the edge of a mountain before. Great hat and it makes you look like you belong outdoors. Click on pic to view more info or purchase on Amazon.
Yes I know. This is my 4th Columbia item in a row. Truth is I like their products because of the reasonable price and more importantly because they work well. This hat is no exception. It’s a great beanie hat. Warm, comfortable and a good fit. I sleep with it often when I’m camping in colder weather. Click on pic to view more info or purchase on Amazon.