Gear Review: Gregory Baltoro 75 Backpack

“The most comfortable pack I have ever worn. Ever.” Unfortunately, it weighs over six pounds! But, using some of the best shoulder strap and hip belt technology around, this pack will haul big loads and do it with ease. Gregory’s unique design includes super padded shoulder straps and hip belt, which can shift left orContinue reading “Gear Review: Gregory Baltoro 75 Backpack”

GEAR REVIEW: Ultralight Adventure Equipment Circuit Backpack

OVERVIEW: Here at Trail Lives, we absolutely love Cottage Gear Shops. Some of the best gear tested has come from these unlikely and relatively small companies, which are usually run by hikers like you and I. Founded in 2001 by a fellow thru hiker and located in Utah, Ultralight Adventure Equipment (ULA) offers some amazing ultralightContinue reading “GEAR REVIEW: Ultralight Adventure Equipment Circuit Backpack”

Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Mexico to Kennedy Meadows

Section: Mexican Border to Kennedy Meadows SYSTEM GEAR CARRIED WORN BACKPACK SYSTEM Pack ULA Circuit Pack (XL) 40 Pack Liner Trash Compactor Bag 2.3 SHELTER SYSTEM Tarp Cuben Tarp w/ guy lines 8.14 Bivy Ptarmigan Bivy 5.9 Ground Cloth Gossamer Gear Polycryo 2.95 SLEEP SYSTEM Isulation Top Enigma Quilt 22.75 Insulation Bottom Thermarest NeoAir XliteContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Mexico to Kennedy Meadows”

GEAR REVIEW: THERMAREST NEO AIR X-LITE SLEEPING PAD

OVERVIEW: I have five sleeping pads. Five. All of them still work, all of them are relatively lightweight, and all of them lay abandoned in the corner of my room, collecting dust, and enticing the cat to use as a scratching post. I don’t like sleeping on the floor and never truly will. In fact,Continue reading “GEAR REVIEW: THERMAREST NEO AIR X-LITE SLEEPING PAD”

GEAR REVIEW: OSPREY AETHER 85L BACKPACK

OVERVIEW: (DISCLAIMER: This was my first pack, so it holds a place in my heart!) Osprey is a great backpack company. Its humble origins began in Colorado and since then Osprey has become one of the biggest backpack manufacturers in the country. The Aether is a robust and versatile bag that can haul heavy loadsContinue reading “GEAR REVIEW: OSPREY AETHER 85L BACKPACK”