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Reviewing Topo Athletic Shoes

A few months back Kirk wanted to get new shoes for the treadmill and gym workouts, so we stopped into a runner's store in Bellingham, Wa. My workout shoes were mostly worn out, so I decided to look. There was a college guy working who I got, and we chatted about better workout shoes. Turned… Continue reading Reviewing Topo Athletic Shoes

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Gear Review: Deuter AC Lite 22 SL Pack

This Spring I picked up a Deuter AC Lite 22 SL pack to join my other Deuter backpacks (I own 4 packs by them now). Deuter packs are for me the only brand I can wear in comfort. As I mentioned in my review in 2019 on my previous purchase, I have a short torso… Continue reading Gear Review: Deuter AC Lite 22 SL Pack

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Time Tested Backpacking Kitchen Gear

There was a time when I flittered from stove to stove, always searching for the newest. I had a new cookset every spring. And I reviewed a lot back then, often having been sent kit after kit to try out - and to review (hopefully). I had Rubbermaid bins of gear stacked up. When we… Continue reading Time Tested Backpacking Kitchen Gear

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Hiking Hacks: Keeping Warm On The Cheap

I am a frugal person in life. To the point it can be eye rolling. Kirk often has had to tell me that I worth the real thing, and to just spend money on quality. But there are times when my hiking gear hacks work just the same. And I save a lot. And so… Continue reading Hiking Hacks: Keeping Warm On The Cheap

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Gear Review: Birkenstock Jackson Boots

For over the past decade I have worn primarily Keen trail shoes, rather than hiking boots. Due to my aggressive working out schedule this past year or so, I developed some toe issues. Of the crippling pain kind. So I started looking for different shoes to wear, to lock my feet into place. I had… Continue reading Gear Review: Birkenstock Jackson Boots