Posts tagged gear review
Read Before You Buy: Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System For Backpackers - Gear Review

Are you thinking about buying a water filter for your hiking adventures? Consider getting Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System - but first, read my review!

The Katadyn BeFree filtration system is a pretty recent purchase for me, but it has already managed to steal my heart. I am delighted I got it, and I can recommend it to everyone.

But before I explain all the reasons why it's a great water filter, I want to clear a few things out.

Do I even need a water filtration system for my trip?

That depends on the length and style of your hike. For day hiking or multiple-day hiking from shelter to shelter it's not really necessary.

But even on a day hike, it can get pretty useful. If you know there are natural water sources on your way, you can limit the amount of water you carry and refill during the day. This way you can hike with a lighter backpack.

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Read Before You Buy: Gregory Maven 45 Backpack for Women Gear Review

Are you on the market for a lightweight mid-size backpack? Take a look at the review of Gregory Maven 45 - it might be the backpack for you!

I got my Gregory Maven 45 L about a year ago. I was looking for a lighter and smaller backpack than my solid but heavy Deuter Aircontact 50+10.

I had a few backpacks on my radar based on online reviews, but it just happened that I found this pack on sale and decided to get it right away. I am delighted I did.

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Read Before You Buy: Tarptent Double Rainbow Backpacking Tent Gear Review

Tarptent Double Rainbow tent in-depth review. Is this the shelter for you?

Two summers ago, the Double Rainbow reached my hands. I had been planning on getting a lighter shelter for quite a while by then, and the choices were a bit overwhelming. I was going back and forth between various types of single and double-layered tents, trying to figure out what exact shape and size I can happily hike with.

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Read Before You Buy: Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Ultralight Backpacking Pillow Gear Review

Do you even need a hiking pillow?

Similarly to many other hikers, I try to go as light as possible within my means. I am very far from ultra-light but I’m getting close to a comfortable lightweight hiking. One of the easiest way (and cheapest!) to cut on weight is to simply leave some stuff at home. I tried to be strict as possible, so I didn’t have a separate pillow. Like many other hikers, I just pulled some clothes into a dry bag and used it as a pillow.

But before my January trip to Greece, I decided to allow myself a bit of luxury and comfort. I was tired of constant neck pain and issues with my back. I’m not a young and fresh gal, after all, I needed to take more care of myself!

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Read Before You Buy: Jetboil MiniMo Backpacking Stove Gear Review

Jetboil MiniMo is already my third cooking system. I started with the solid-fuel cooker by Esbit but switched to MSR’s pocket rocket the first moment I could. The solid fuel tablets were small, yes, but smelled horrible. They often melted in leaving yucky goo after and it took forever to boil the water. After each use, there was a layer of ugly black sooth on the bottom of the pot, too.

I kept the great cooking pot from my old Esbit but hid the rest somewhere where its horrible stench won’t be much of an issue. I should probably just throw it away, now that I think of it…

I really loved the pocket rocket so it was a hard decision for me to buy the JetBoil. I had a hard time justifying fitting its price into my meager gear budget.

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Read Before You Buy: Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi Hiking Boots for Women Gear Review

Two years ago, when I got my Salomons, I thought I found the perfect boots. And I still love them! So why did I decide to get a different pair of boots?

But then I’ve read about Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi boots. They looked funny but they won Outdoorgearlab’s editor’s choice for 2018. The price was outrageous but the descriptions of fantastic cushioning and comfort caught my attention.

I was getting ready to hike on Crete, where I knew there would be a lot of roads walking and hiking on boulders and rocks. The price was causing my eyes to tear but I ordered the Hoka One One Tor Ultras from Italy (no store was selling them in Poland) and hoped for the best.

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Read Before You Buy: Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket for Women Gear Review

For the past few seasons of hiking, Marmot PreCip jacket was my constant companion. Downpours over the Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye drizzles along the West Highland Way, occasional rains in Catalonia or the I-can't-believe-it's-summer thing in Iceland. No matter what the weather threw at me - I was fine with my hot-pink Marmot. 

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Read Before You Buy: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Mat for Women Gear Review

I need to open this review with a disclaimer: I love to sleep and I like my comforts. Which means, that when I was first looking for a sleeping mat, I didn’t even consider getting just a foam mattress. As my budget was quite limited and I had to buy a lot of gear, I settled for a self-inflatable mat by Vango. It served me well throughout my hiking in Scotland and Spain. It was easy to use and pretty comfortable. But when I was getting ready for this summer trip I decided to upgrade my sleeping mat. As much as the Vango mat was a good option it was (as all mats of this type are) heavy and big.

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Read Before You Buy: Salomon Quest 4D Female Hiking Boots Gear Review

On the Quest to find my perfect female hiking boots: Salomon Quest 4D

To find the perfect female hiking boots is not easy. And it is also not a trivial matter: finding the right hiking boots is absolutely essential to ensure the success of your hike and injury-free return home.

The perfect hiking boot will perform well on sandy roads, slippery rocks and when crossing streams. It should fit your unique anatomical needs, be stable and supportive. 

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Read Before You Buy: Sony rx100M3 Compact Camera for Hikers. Gear Review

High-quality compact camera - is that really hiking gear?

I admit that when people say „hiking gear” a photo camera might not be the first thing you think about.

But how many people hike today without taking at least a few photos?

Many of us take a lot of joy and pleasure from travel photography hence a good camera became an as important piece of gear as a comfortable sleeping mat or a good camp mug.

Might not be a life-saver, but a seriously important addition. But there is the obvious obstacle: how to compromise between acceptable quality of photos and the camera's size?

For a weight-conscious hiker, the choice doesn't have to be limited to your phone built-in camera!

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