In hiking, camping and backpacking there is a constant trade-off between pieces of gear to carry. Like most things in life, there are few [if any?] perfect answers. Most of the tradeoffs deal with size, weight, functionality and dependability. The more comfortable and functional it is, then the heavier and…


Enzees Foot Soother

There is a new, but ancient, blister cure on the market. Three things cause blisters: pressure, heat and moisture. This product shields, absorbs or diverts all three causes. The product is called Enzees Foot Soother. It received the Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice Award for 2017. It is simply a batch…


MSR Guardian Purifier

The well known outdoor gear manufacturer Mountain Safety Research has developed a newer, better pump water filter. It is the Guardian Purifier. This equipment garnered the 2016 Backpacker Magazine gear of the year award.


DeLorme inReach SE

DeLorme is a GPS (global positioning system) equipment manufacturer in Maine. Their products are usually regarded as the best on the market, and often win the Backpacker Magazine best gear of the year award. They currently have three overlapping and somewhat confusing products available.