For REAL reviews about outdoor gear, I’ve been a fan of The Gear Junkie for many years. I also check out REI and Amazon to see what people are saying. But here’s a quick rundown of some of the stuff I lug around, what I like and don’t like. I’ll update this page as I can and as my gear changes!
REI Camp Dome
I have the REI Camp Dome 2-person tent. It’s the most basic 2-person tent they offer. Quick setup, doors on both sides, nifty loops on the ceiling, plenty of mosquito mesh to let the breeze through when you’re not using the rain fly. And best of all it’s mostly green, not completely neon orange like some of the tents out there. As of 4-6-12 it’s holding up well, and I’m pretty happy with it.
Wiggy’s sleeping bag
My sleeping bag is a brand most people have never heard of, Wiggy’s. Wiggy’s was started by a guy named Jerry Wigutow, whom I had the pleasure of meeting a few years ago at an Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow. I bought one of his sleeping bags and a pair of his boots. I’ve been quite happy with the sleeping bag. It’s really warm and the zipper is amazing. Not one of those cheap zippers but a really great big heavy duty zipper. Also the bag is made in USA, machine washable, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Soloist
The Pinnacle Soloist is a great little cookset. It has a lot of thoughtful details a camper can appriciate.
The carry bag doubles as a kitchen sink – it’s watertight and will hold water.
The cookset is designed to hold a small backpacking stove and fuel. I don’t have a real stove, I just use a Sterno canned heat (only about three bucks!).
The bowl stores inside the pot, and the pot lid will snap onto the bowl, making a sip cup – great for broth or hot drinks!
It all fits together snugly and the handle flips over to lock everything in place.
The spoon that comes with the cookset isn’t that great. I use this Columbia River Knife and Tool’s Eat N Tool 9100C Silver Multi Tool instead. It’s a heavy-duty spork with a screwdriver edge, hex wrenches, and bottle opener. I also keep some flint & steel in the cookset.
Sawyer Extractor Pump Kit
In case I get bit by a snake. I’ve had this snake bite kit for almost 20 years.