Benchmade’s 950 Rift is a solid, good-looking, and fun folder to have around. The blade and handle design compel you to put this knife to work. It’s sharp, and the blade is readily maintained. Unfolded, the blade is very secure within the core-structure; no wiggle room here. We like this knife, and it fit in very well as a back country blade that is strong, light, sharp, and versatile enough for using as a camp and general purpose blade.
Go light and fast on a weekend or overnight pack with the Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32.
The Albula GTX offers a measure of comfort, versatility of design, style and stability afoot that qualifies them for any trail we are likely to tackle in the months ahead. These boots are superb for a day hike along a muddy trail or serious weekend of backpacking and climb approaches wherever you find yourself. It is this writer’s confidence that you can be sure when you step into Albula GTX, you are taking a step in the right direction.
One of the characteristics we really like about the Marmot Thor is the strength of the tent frame. It’s just the way those dual-diameter DAC pre-bent aluminum poles are designed to create a frame that supports pretty much every square-inch of the tent body and storm fly.
While hiking the Cinque Terre in Italy, I was thankful to have packed along the Velocity GTX, manufactured by Vasque. Having took a bad step back in the states, my foot was in need of a well supported shoe and I discovered great comfort inside the Velocity GTX.
11/11/13 •Arches National Park, Utah
10/21/13 •High Point State Park New Jersey
10/18/13 •Climbing Cathedral Peak, A Yosemite Classic
10/06/13 •Tucson Arizona Rock Climbing: Mt. Lemmon Area