Director of Toughness: Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike, Shark Cage Diving, and other General Badassery

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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: Montbell EX Light Down Jacket

  OVERVIEW: Function is Beauty. The phrase is as simply as the motto. It also encapsulates what we believe here at Trail Lives; Less is More. The Montbell EX Light down jacket is a bare bones insulation layer that uses some of the lightest materials in the market. It is the lightest down jacket weContinue reading “GEAR REVIEW: Montbell EX Light Down Jacket”

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: Mountain Hardware UltraLamina 0 Degree Sleeping Bag

OVERVIEW: Mountain Hardware is no cottage shop. They are a titan of the outdoor apparel industry and they make pretty much everything. I have a few things from Mountain Hardware including their Orko Gloves, synthetic Compressor Jacket, and of course their UltraLamina 0* Sleeping Bag.