By Will Rietveld, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador A high-end air permeable Gore-Tex or eVent waterproof-breathable jacket costs $350 or more; it’s not ultralight, and it requires maintenance. The lightest one is the Montane Spektr at 8 ounces. A polyurethane laminate rain jacket costs $150-$200 and is lightweight (down to about 6 ounces), and its durable, […]
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Since I prefer to eat vegan and hike hard, I’ve been looking for a way to get a little extra protein into my dinners, to help muscle recovery. What better way than to have a protein bar for dessert? So I bought a bunch of protein bars from a variety of sources, and tasted them […]
Steve Burgess helped us put together this poetic and informative short video on our trek poles. He covers the basics of selection, care and use. He adds his own flare and we are most grateful for his efforts. He is an expert on the Wonderland Trail and an innovator of ultralight gear. If you want […]
The most amazing part of this video, is that he had neck surgery just one week before!! Now this is what we call a dedicated DIYer. Thanks Don! Read more of his post here…
Post by Will Rietveld, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador The biggest wear problem I have with hiking shoes and boots is seam failure. I like to bushwhack and explore, and things like sliderock are hard on boots, especially any exposed seams in the lateral (outside) metatarsal head region. That region is subjected to heavy abrasion, which […]
From JJ Mathes Post from JERMMs Outside: I spent a weekend with four traditional backpackers in the woods of North Georgia. I planned for this trip to be an outdoor classroom, no PowerPoint, no whiteboards, no charts, but all hands on. I asked everyone to bring everything they thought they would need and want to […]
Post by Will Rietveld, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador What you use for a groundsheet under your shelter or under your sleeping bag depends on the ground surface. If the ground is fairly smooth and you use a groundsheet mainly to keep your gear clean, the Gossamer Gear Polycryo Ground Cloth is ideal because its very […]