All posts in "Gear Reviews"

Marin Rift Zone 5 Review 2017 (29er Full Suspension Mountain Bike)

Shopping for a mountain bike is often more challenging than buying a car. You can’t usually test drive a mountain bike before purchase. At best, you can sit on the bike or pedal around the showroom, but you won’t know how the bike performs until you take it out on the trail. Since it isn’t […]

2017 Marin Attack Trail Pro Review (Full Suspension Mountain Bike)

Scouring product descriptions for hours might help you decide what mountain bike to purchase, but it can also drive you crazy. Between technical specifications and measurements, plus pricing variations and extra options, it’s hard to feel secure in your decision without all the relevant background information. That’s why I’ve created this Marin Attack Trail Review- […]

2017 Marin Mount Vision Pro Review (Full Suspension Mountain Bike)

For the average rider, a high-end mountain bike is a huge investment. With all the options on the market today, it can be hard to cut through the fluff and find out what you really need to know to make a purchasing decision. That’s why I’ve done the work for you and compiled this 2017 […]

Diamondback Clutch 1 Review (Women’s 2017 Full Suspension Mountain Bike)

If you’re curious about the Diamondback Clutch 1 but can’t get to a showroom to test out the specs, this Diamondback Clutch 1 review will give you all the insight you need to decide whether it’s the right bike for you. Between suspension kits and extra tech features, there’s a lot to know about a […]

Diamondback Clutch 2 Review (Women’s 2017 FS Mountain Bike)

Regardless of where you ride, if you’re on the trail for most of your free time, you’re no doubt looking for a do-it-all bike that can handle every obstacle. The dilemma comes with choosing the right bike that won’t disappoint when it comes to comfort, performance, and durability. For women who want a bike that […]

Diamondback Mission 1 Review (2017 Full Suspension Mountain Bike)

In this Diamondback Mission 1 review, I’ll answer some of your questions and concerns about the Mission 1 mountain bike so you won’t waste time like I did when I  started mountain biking. It can be hard to find the right mountain bike for your lifestyle. So many brands and features are available, you may […]

Diamondback Lux LT Review (Women’s 27.5 Hardtail Mountain Bike)

Hitting the trail with a mountain bike? Nothing’s more fun than rocking and rolling along a single-trail in the great outdoors. There’s seemingly no limit to how much money you can spend on a mountain bike. But, if you’re like me, you don’t have an unlimited budget. You want the best bike value possible. This […]

Diamondback Overdrive Carbon Pro 29er Review (2017 Mountain Bike)

Mountain biking is a relatively solitary sport consisting of just you, your bike and the trail. When I first started mountain biking, I didn’t want to spend a ton of money. My first mountain bike actually cost under $1,000. That bike served me well for many years. But, as my love of mountain biking grew, […]

2017 Diamondback Mason Pro Review (Full Suspension Mountain Bike)

Most biking enthusiasts and athletic individuals are aware of the well-established and reliable bicycle brand, Diamondback. With the features and the plush ride of the Diamondback Mason Pro, their long tradition of producing dependable bicycles continues. Choosing to buy a bicycle is an investment that should last for years, so most buyers make the smart […]

Breezer Repack Team Review (2017 Full Suspension Mountain Bike)

I’ve ridden bikes since I was a kid, and graduated from discount store Schwinns to high-priced mountain bikes in my twenties. I’ve learned the hard way that what your friends like – or what’s hot in the bike shops, might not be the best bike for me. My friends kid me about it, but I […]

Breezer Supercell Review (2017 Pro 29er Mountain Bike)

When I first got into mountain biking, I was 100% into all-mountain downhill. The gnarlier and steeper the trail, the faster I’d try to race across it. But over the years my biking interests began to change. Instead of steep downhill, I started to prefer riding cross-country. There’s nothing like a long endurance ride to […]

2012 Breezer Thunder Sport Mountain Bike Review (26″ Hardtail)

The 2012 Breezer Thunder Sport has become a classic in a few short years. Mountain bikers of all stripes love it for its slim aesthetic and easy handling. However, it’s not necessarily the bike for anyone and everyone. There are many considerations that go into choosing the correct mountain bike for you. Where do you […]

Breezer Thunder One Review (29r Single Speed Mountain Bike)

Okay, so you’ve been thinking that you want to get serious about mountain biking with a rad ride to take to the trails. You’ve been setting some money aside so that you can get exactly what you want. I understand where you’re coming from because an MTB is a big investment. But you want to […]

Mongoose Ruddy Comp Review for 2017 (27.5 Mountain Bike)

When I was a kid, I used to ride my bike all the time, from sun up to sundown. In high school, I got into mountain biking. During college, the only time I would ride my bike is if some old friends came to town. Otherwise, it hung up in my garage collecting dust. Earlier […]

Diamondback Overdrive Comp 29er Review (Hardtail Mountain Bike)

If you’re searching for a great mountain bike but are tight on funds, I can relate. I was an avid mountain biker as a teen but stopped riding in my early 20’s. Now that I’m 30 years old, I’ve been re-discovered my love of mountain biking. The problem is finding the best mountain bike without […]

Diamondback Release 3 Review for 2017 (27.5 Mountain Bike)

Want to know if the Diamondback Release 3 matches the hype? I get it. The brand has said themselves that the Release 3 is the best trail bike they have ever put out. I wasn’t sure that I believed it until I rode it myself. I know that it can be confusing to read through […]

Diamondback Atroz Review (2017 27.5 Full Suspension Mountain Bike)

Looking for an honest Diamondback Atroz review? We get it. You want a great bike for a great price. The Atroz is a respected bike, and when it comes to brand recognition, Diamondback is a name that everyone in the bicycling community instantly recognizes. The company has long been a favorite among biking enthusiasts, because of […]

Nashbar Single Speed 29er Review for 2017 (Best SS Mountain Bike?)

You’ve made up your mind to buy a budget-friendly single speed mountain bike. You don’t want to pay more than $1,000, but you want something that is high-quality. But with so many bikes out there, it’s hard to settle on the right one. Sound familiar? You’ve done some searching on the internet. The Nashbar Single […]

SE F@E Bike Review (Best Fat Tire Mountain Bike for the Money?)

Mountain biking can be a fun and thrilling sport to get into. You get out into nature, get dirty, and see the awesome things that the wide-open spaces of the world have to offer. However, the wrong ride can make your mountain biking dreams come crashing down. Believe it or not, it’s completely possible to […]

Diamondback Overdrive Sport Review for 2017 (27.5 Mountain Bike)

Diamondback is a well-known brand among bike enthusiasts, and with bicycles like the Diamond Overdrive Sport, it’s easy to see why. If you are trying to settle on a bike that is right for you, this Diamondback Overdrive Sport review can help. Your purchase decision is valuable, which is why we’ll give you an honest […]

Diamondback Recoil 29er Review for 2017 (Full Suspension MTB)

Mountain biking is fun, exciting and helps you stay in great shape. But shopping for a new mountain bike can be confusing, time-consuming and stressful. There are tons of mountain bikes available on the market. How do you find the perfect one for your needs? If you’re new to the world of mountain biking, reading […]

Diamondback Catch 2 Review (2016 FS 27.5 Mountain Bike)

Are you trying to figure out whether the Diamondback Catch 2 is the right bike for you? There are a lot of bikes out there and I know how hard it can be to sort through all the information out there. If you love to ride, you want to be on a bike that enhances […]

The 10 Best EDC Flashlights for Sale on Amazon (In 2018)

The perfect EDC flashlight will keep you ready, so you don’t have to get ready. Photo: mabA/torch.pl Looking for a great EDC (everyday carry) flashlight? We understand. A great, portable, flashlight can be a life-saver. Literally. From needing to change a tire on the side of the road to getting lost in the wilderness. In this article […]

10 Best Tactical Pants for Men in 2018 (Everyday Wear & Survival)

With the right pair of tactical pants, you’ll always be ready. Photo: 511tactical ​Looking for a great pair of tactical pants? ​You’re in the right place! If you are anything like us, you’re pretty rough on your tactical wear. So when looking for a pair of pants (or two) they need to be durable, while offering […]

The 10 Best GPS Trackers for Hiking & Backpacking (2018 Review)

A good GPS tracker will make your treks easier and safer. Photo: Chris Morton/flickr If you are like me, you have gotten lost at least once during one of your hikes. Well, good news! There are tools available that will help keep that from happening during day hikes and long backpacking adventures. A good GPS […]

The 10 Best Mountain Bikes for Under $1000 (2018 Buyers Guide)

Ride into the sunset on a bike that costs less than $1000. Photo: Orion 2/flickr Looking for the ideal mountain bike? We understand. You need something that is ready to tackle whatever the trail throws at it. Steep single tracks, paved roads, rocky hillsides, or rough dirt trails, the bike needs to absorb shocks and […]

The 10 Best Hiking Pants for Men & Women (2018 Review)

The right hiking pants will make you smile too. Photo: Mike Barish/flickr If you are like us you want to be comfortable when exploring the outdoors. This means that you want a pair of pants that offer mobility as well as ventilation. That way you keep cool as the weather (and your body) warm up. […]

The 10 Best Mountain Bike Shoes for Men & Women (2018 Review)

Only the best mountain bike shoes will do for the serious cyclist. Photo: avyoung/flickr Muddy uphill trails and bumpy downhill roads are terrain for the serious mountain biker. Serious trails require a serious shoe that is built to take a beating. Mountain bike footwear should also have great traction and fit, for unsurpassed pedaling performance. […]

The 10 Best Tents for Under $200 (2018 Review)

You’ll have a fantastic time outdoors with any of these budget-friendly tents. Photo: Mikel Manitius/flickr Looking for a tent that won’t break the budget? We get it. Tents are essential gear for the outdoorsman or woman. From casual excursions with the family to deep wilderness survivalist outings with friends, a tent protects you from the […]

The Best Camera For Hiking And Backpacking (2018 Review)

The perfect camera can make a hike even more enjoyable. Photo: Kat Terek/flickr Looking for a good camera that you can take hiking? With all the choices available in 2018 it can be tough to choose. The best camera for hiking needs to be both relatively lightweight so you can lug it around with you easily, […]

The 10 Best Hiking Sunglasses for Men & Women (2018 Review)

The best type of hiking sunglasses are functional and stylish. Photo: Ryan Dearth/flickr Looking for the best hiking sunglasses? We get it. When you find yourself hiking on a sunny day, high quality sunglasses are critical. Not only will they protect your eyes from the sun’s rays and give you sharper, clearer vision when you’re […]

The 6 Best Hiking Boots And Shoes For Big Guys

When you’re a big guy, only the best hiking boots will do. Photo: musguy/flickr Is it time for a new pair of boots or shoes? Well, if you are anything like us, you would much rather be on a trail than in a mall. The thing is… Finding the right boots can be a challenge, […]

The Best Hydration Pack in 2018 (6 Top Picks Reviewed)

The right hydration pack will improve your comfort on any trip you take. Photo: collideous/flickr Do you find that you don’t want to stop hiking or riding to pull out your water bottle? We understand how it is.​ When spending hours in any activity, staying hydrated is important so that you can keep going. A […]

The 6 Best Folding Camping Chairs (Outdoors Review for 2018)

Turn a great camping trip into a fantastic one with the right camping chair. If you are like me, part of the fun of a camping trip is relaxing at your campsite. Whether you are enjoying some peace and quiet or hanging out with your friends, it is time to chill. A comfortable chair is […]

6 Best Portable Gas Grills for Camping & Tailgating (2018 Review)

The right portable grill can make your camping trip magical. Photo: billss/flickr If you are like me, when camping or tailgating your days are full of activity. After a ten mile hike or a day of swimming in the river, you are ready for some serious eating. A portable grill will help you make meals […]

The Best 4 Person Tent For Camping & Backpacking (2018 Review)

The perfect tent can turn a good camping trip into a great one. Photo: thetermitas/flickr So, you have decided that you want a 4-person tent… However, there are so many available it is hard to know where to start your search? Fortunately, we have done the research and are ready to help you find the […]

The 6 Best Lightweight Hiking Boots For Men (2018 Review)

Good boots = a good hiking trip. Photo: Donald Palansky photography/flickr Hello, backpackers! Poking around the internet for some new lightweight hiking boots? Well, fellas, you’ve come to the right corner because we’ve tested and reviewed the 6 best hiking boots on the market. But that isn’t everything. We aren’t just going to link you […]

The 6 Best Lightweight Hiking Shoes For Women (Top Picks For 2018)

The right light hiking shoes can make all the difference. Photo: Matt Champlin/flickr Looking for new women’s hiking shoes? Let’s be honest: Sometimes your old sneakers just won’t cut it but your clunky hiking boots are just too hefty for your light footed adventure. The solution? Lightweight hiking shoes. If you don’t already know, a […]

The 6 Best Car Camping Tents (Review For 2018)

The right tent will make your camp camping trip as enjoyable as possible. Photo: ScottD75/flickr Greetings, intrepid adventurers! We take it you are driving off into the sunset for a car camping adventure after a long, stressful week at work? Stop right there! That lightweight backpacking tent you have wedged into your trunk? The one […]

The 6 Best Lightweight Hiking Shoes For Men (Top Picks For 2018)

The right type of light hiking shoes can make or break your trip. Photo: Dale Beckett/flickr Looking for a new pair of hiking shoes that won’t weigh you down? Choosing the best light hiking shoe can be a bit of a challenge since there are less options and the stakes are higher because of their […]

The 6 Best Military Watches: Tactical Styles for Men (2018 Review)

A rugged military watch you can depend on. Photo: Carlos Tonka/flickr Interested in the best military watches? The type you can depend on in various weather and terrain? We hear ya. When looking for a watch that is durable and offers features and functions you’d need for wilderness adventures, it makes sense to consider a […]

The 6 Best Walking Boots for Plantar Fasciitis (Men’s & Women’s Top Picks)

spodhopper/flickr Do you have plantar fasciitis? You’re not alone. One in ten people will develop this condition in their lifetime; it is the most common cause of heel pain. Aside from the pain, repeated stress can worsen the strain. Fortunately, we have researched the best walking boots for plantar fasciitis so that you can protect […]

The 6 Best Lightweight Hiking Boots For Women (Top Picks For 2018)

Discover the joy of lightweight hiking boots. Photo: laura bell/flickr Calling all adventurous women! Your hiking boots weighing you down (literally)? Well if the weather is just right you need to discover the magic that is lightweight hiking boots. But if you don’t know where to even start, we’ve got you covered because we have […]

The 6 Best Coolers For Car Camping In 2018 (Essential Review)

The right cooler is critical for camping. Photo credit: yeti.com Let’s be real: A great cooler truly makes or breaks a camping trip. This is no time to pinch pennies. Sub par containers will turn your food into a melted foul mess and worst of all turn your beer lukewarm (gasp!). We can’t have that! […]

The 6 Best Tents For Windy Conditions (Strong Tents That Hold Up)

East-gate of Sarek. Courtesy of Fabian/flickr Looking for a tent that holds up in strong winds? Windy conditions are definitely something to consider. Because should you encounter strong winds when camping, you want to feel confident that your tent has the strength to remain standing (and not be blown down!). We’ve researched what aspects of […]

The 6 Best Backpacking Tents For 2018 (Essential Review)

Looking for a great backpacking tent? Itching for your next adventure? We get it. Backpacking offers the opportunity to enjoy the wilderness without the hustle and bustle of a campground. The thing is…it can be hard to know where to start when choosing the right tent for your needs. But fortunately, we have done the […]

The 6 Best Hiking Boots For Women (In 2018)

Looking for the best women’s hiking boots? Are you ready to toss out your tatty old hiking boots and spring for a brand new pair? Yes? Well, we know how you feel. But hold on, you can’t just order the first boots you spot. With our guide and review you’ll know exactly what to look […]

The 6 Best Hiking Boots For Men (In 2018)

Looking for some new hiking boots? Well, men, you’re in luck because we’ve tested, and reviewed, the latest and greatest hiking boots on the market. Plus, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about selecting the right fit, with the right traction, and fabrics for your adventure. Read on to discover the best hiking […]

The 6 Best Tactical Hiking Boots for Men (Top Picks for 2018)

Those in the military wear tactical boots for long hours in unpredictable conditions. If military boots can handle tromping in the desert and swamps during combat, they should be tough enough for your long treks outdoors. We’ll show you what to keep your eyes out for, along with our picks for best tactical hiking boots […]

6 Best Hiking Boots & Shoes For Bunions (Women’s & Men’s)

So you have a bunion. Or two. Finding trail shoes that fit and are comfortable is a challenge in itself. Choosing a hiking boot when you have a bunion or are prone to them is worse. We know this because we have bunions too; even the founder of this site has a bunion! So helping […]

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