Field Tests and Gear Reviews

Helping you decide what gear is right for you

When out on the trail, the equipment you have along is all you have to rely on until you get back to the comfort and safety of your home. It is up to you to determine the essential equipment you bring along to make your hike comfortable and safe. Failing to bring along the right gear may mean a miserable experience or worse.

As a field-tester, the reviews I have provided are based on my own experiences and represent an unbiased account of the gear I use and trust. 

If you are a retailer or manufacturer and would like us to field-test your gear please drop me an email at [email protected]

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Helinox Ground Chair

Helinox Ground Chair

Comfort while hiking and camping is worth a few grams as the Helinox Ground Chair takes outdoor comfort to a
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Aarn Featherlite Freedom Pack

Aarn Featherlite Freedom Pack

Ultimately the choice of pack comes down to fit, comfort and whether it meets the users requirements, for me when
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Kathmandu Alopex GORE-TEX PRO

Kathmandu Alopex GORE-TEX® PRO

For the rest of the journey via Lobuje to Gorak Shep the conditions did not relent. It was -50 but
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Mountain Designs Gore WINDSTOPPER Jacket

Mountain Designs Gore® WINDSTOPPER® Jacket

I was so thankful that I had my Mountain Designs Gore® WINDSTOPPER® Jacket on my Field Test to Kala Patthar
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Grivel G1 Plus Ice Axe

Grivel G1 Plus Ice Axe

The Grivel G1 Ice Axe features a traditional design to give you everything you need in a hiking/mountaineering axe without
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Osprey Aether AG 70

Osprey Aether AG™ 70

I am quite impressed with the features and benefits of the Osprey Aether AG™ 70 and encourage you to check
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Jetboil Flash Java Kit

Jetboil Flash Java Kit

Field Test – Jetboil Flash Java Kit When I first started hiking all I was really interested in was day
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Helinox FL135 Hiking Poles

Helinox FL135 Hiking Poles

From my experiences to date, the build quality seems excellent all around. They are comfortable, very light weight (for their
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Helinox Chair Zero

Helinox Chair Zero

I am a huge fan of the new Helinox Chair Zero. A huge fan! It is my chair of choice
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Fitbit Surge

Fitbit® Surge™

If you enjoy moderate hikes and don't often head into the deepest wideness areas and are looking for a wrist
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SNOWGUM Micro 600 Down Sleeping Bag

SNOWGUM Micro 600 Down Sleeping Bag

All and all the SNOWGUM Micro 600 Down Sleeping Bag is a great sleeping bag for mild climates and I
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TrekSta Kobra GORE-TEX Hiking Shoe

TrekSta Kobra GORE-TEX® Hiking Shoe

After putting these shoes through their paces I am confident in saying that you would be hard-pressed to find a
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Klymit Insulated Static V Lite

Klymit Insulated Static V Lite

I haven’t yet slept on every pad on the market, but from my early experiences this pad is certainly ranks
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Big Sky Chinook 2P 4 Season Tent

Big Sky Chinook 2P 4 Season Tent

The Chinook is light weight, flexible, durable, spacious, has large vestibules which are great for cooking, and packs down surprisingly
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SNOWGUM VaporTEC Ultra Jacket

SNOWGUM VaporTEC® Ultra Jacket

If you’re like me and tired of waterproof-breathable rain jackets that don’t live up to expectations, I suggest you give
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SNOWGUM Cooper MKII VaporTEC Boot

SNOWGUM Cooper MKII VaporTEC® Boot

If you are new to hiking or don't quite have the budget for a more expensive boot I strongly encourage you to
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One thought on “Field Tests and Gear Reviews

  1. G’day hikers…love hiking and have several spine herniated disks. I’ve looked on this great website for monowalker/hiking trailers, unable to find any. Is this an unpopular choice, or not permitted. Also I’d dearly love to match my freshwater flyfishing with hiking. Is there any blogs or similar that culminates the two? Cheers Darrell (Hervey Bay)

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