Macpac vs Kathmandu Down Jackets: Which to Choose?

You probably already know that down provides the best warmth-to-weight ratio of any material. This is why it’s used in the jackets worn by everyone from Himilayan mountain guides to arctic explorers. Choosing a down jacket, however, can be a bit of a challenge. You need to consider things like fill power, water resistance, and … Read more

Nemo Kayu 15 Sleeping Bag Review

If you enjoy overnight hikes, you know how crucial the right sleeping bag is. A bad sleeping bag can ruin an otherwise enjoyable trip. On three recent trips, I’ve been testing the Kayu, Nemo’s lightest sleeping bag. In this review, I cover size, weight, warmth, comfort, and features, to help you decide if the Nemo … Read more

Icebreaker Quantum III Hoodie Review

Merino clothing is well known in the world of outdoor adventure sports thanks to its ability to provide warmth, breathability, and odor-resistance. It’s also a natural material, which is becoming more and more appealing as consumers look for ways to transition away from plastics and other synthetic materials. In this article, I review the Quantum … Read more

The Best Waterproof Backpacks and Dry Bags in Australia

If you go hiking, walking, travelling, or even commuting when there’s a chance of rain, you should consider investing in a good quality waterproof backpack. And if your outdoor activities include kayaking, caving, or canyoneering, a dry bag is essential for safely storing and transporting your gear. In this article, we review the best waterproof … Read more

Hiking for Beginners: A Guide to Get You Started

Hiking checklist for beginners

Many people get into hiking as a way to exercise or get outdoors. Regardless of your reasons for wanting to start hiking, as a beginner, getting started can be pretty daunting, especially when you consider that trails can be tough and that the weather can change at a moment’s notice. Before you hit the trails, … Read more

Water Purification Tablets: The Basics You Should Know

Purification of drinking water from a stream

Author: Gaby Pilson – Professional Mountain Guide We use affiliate links and may receive a small commission on purchases. Read more here. Whether you’re heading out into the hills for a long backpacking trip or you’re travelling overseas to a place where the water is a little iffy, chances are good that you’ll want to have … Read more