I am crazy focased on the outdoors and plan on hiking the triple crown twice over the next 23 years. Every 2 years will be a long trail with smaller trails added in the off years.
I am a social media nerd using FB for family, YT for everyone as well as IG that will have the best 7 pictures of the day with the days journal too.
I also suffer from wartime FTD which is very similar to dementia.
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket - Men's
Outdoor Research Helium II Rain Jacket
. 2021 Appalachian Trail Gear Chat 6 . Outdoor Research Helium 2 Jacket/Pants . 6.5oz Jacket 5.75oz Pants . When I first started researching what was needed for a rain suit for the Appalachian Trail, I seen plenty of AT Thruhikers using Helium 2 rain suit. When I looked up the initial price of 240.00cad each, I just could not believe the price for this awesome rain suit. . So I purchased a different rain jacket and rain skirt for the IAT Quebec Trail and my 2018 thru hike attempt on the AT. . Jacket was awesome but heavy and the rain skirt wasn't for me because in cold days it was just too cold for my legs . In 2019, I seen sales on the Helium gear during XMas and purchased the Helium 2 rain suit then. . What a pleasure it was to use this very light suit on raining days but when the bugs came out, i had to drink alot of water. I fell with this jacket and scraoed against boulders and trees without any damage. I even slide down in the Bigaloo ledges with cuts and bruises but not a scratch on the material. . Overall I was very very happy with the Helium 2 rain suit. They do have a couple of different versions but they are heavier. . Benefits for Rain Suit 1. Mainly used as cold weather jacket. 2. Great bug protecteur. 3. Breathable 4. Light weight 5. Durable Cons 1. On hot and humid days the breathablity is very good even in the 100 mile wilderson. But you still sweat like mad and get wet. But I would rather use this suit then others in hot and humid temperatures with bugs. . And for the gram counters, combined the Helium 2 weighs ???????? . Next IG/YT will be my sleep system and what's in my FALL back pack. . Happy Trails eh 🇨🇦⚓🇺🇸 .
NEMO Fillo Backpacking Pillow
Nemo Fillo Luxary Elite Ultralight Backpacking Pillow
. 2021 Appalachian Trail Gear Gear Chat 3 . Nemo Fillo Luxary Elite Ultralight backpacking pillow . 3.9oz / 112g Integrated stuff sack Washable soft cover Unique Baffles . How many of you purchased more then your fair share of pillows only to be dissapointed. . I have used foam pillow, air bag pillows and stuff sacks with my clothes in them. . So here comes a unique design that is light and has a nice soft feeling from the covers because of the cover and the light layer of feathers type material that provides that extra layer of comfort. . So my first impressions is this the pillow to end the never ending pillow Quest? Looking good so far.
Patagonia Cayo Largo LS Shirt - Men's
Patagonia Men's Cayo Largo LS Shirt
. 2021 Appalachian Trail Gear Gear Chat 4 . Patagonia Men's LS Cayo Largo II Ultralight Gear . 7 5/8oz / 216g Super-Light Open-weave (bug proof) Excellent wicking Hot weather comfort . How many of you purchased many shirts trying to find the correct one that was perfect to your needs! . I have used many wrong shirts and in 2018 thru hike attempt I found the smart wool SS shirt which turned out to be bloody amazing. . During my 2019 thru hike attempt in the 100 mile wilderness it was Hot, humid, very buggy and wet. I seen many NOBO hikers wearing LS shirts and they looked alot more comfortable than me that is for sure. . I tried my first LS shirt from Outdoor research but it was too light, was too wet and couldn't wick and no way it could resist the bug attacks. . So after many months I finally found a LS shirt that has what I need. I was looking for ordour control, wicking and bug resistance. And this Patagonia LS shirt meets my needs at first glance. . So my first impressions is this the LS to end the never ending LS Quest? Looking good so far eh.
Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Extreme Liner
Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Extreme
. 2021 Appalachian Trail Gear Gear Chat 5 . Sea to Summit Themolite Reactor Extreme (regular) . +15c/25f 14oz 210cm/6ft11 wide 90cm/35in . When I first started researching what was needed for a sleeping system, the liner question showed up. What on earth did need a liner for when I have a sleeping bag. And what was the difference between silk, tissue and fleece liners??? . SILK - Summer FLEECE- Winter TISSUE - Spring and Fall . Benefits for liners; . 1. Helps keep all the dirt, smell and other things out of the bag. 2. Can give your sleep system added warmth but the more warmth the heavier. 3. Machine washable. 4. Ideal warm weather bag . So I started with silk just to keep the bag clean then one night it got cold and the liner wasn't helping so I purchased the Reactor which gave me an extra 7c/14f and all was good till I starting hiking in even colder weather (March Georgia, September Eastern Canada). . And here enters the Reactor Extreme which combined with my pad and sleeping quilt, will give me an even better warm night of sleeping. If it gets colder, just add your layers accordingly. . And for the gram counters, leave just put the liner with your waterproof sleep gear and you save another 1/4 oz. . Next UG/YT will be my sleep system and what's in my FALL back pack. . Happy Trails eh 🇨🇦⚓🇺🇸 .
CNOC Outdoors Vecto 2L Water Container
CNOC Water Gravity System
. . 2019 Appalachian Trail. SOBO Gear Update. CNOC Outdoors HydroBlu Filtering Kit. . XMas came early with a GIFT from CNOC. . When I was preparing the 2019 SOBO Fun Facts Guide, I was approached by CNOC to create a 2019 gear Preparation Guide. I told them it was already in the works. So I sent CNOC all the SOBO Fun Facts guides and out of the blue, they gifted me this HydroBlu gravity system filter. Like OMG... I said sure why not as they are the envy on every trail I hiked even in Northern Canada lol. . So after checking out some facts, I decided to use only the 3L versio bag with the filter as my Clean bag would be my bottles. I tested it out on my Fun hike from Springer to Helen, my 2nd failed thru hike attempt on the At and on my recent Mi'gmaq Trail NB Canada. These were the trails I hiked in 2019 using this filter. To date I have had no problems with this filter. I even added a cap with a bunch of holes in it functioning like a shower head. I would add 2 cups of water to the 3L bag and presto... Shower in the field. I demenstrated this on my Luxary video. You have 2 options to fill; 1. The typical cap way or; 2. The flat edge of the other end for fast filling. The flow rate is faster then the Sawyer but you still have a good while to wait while you empty the 3l bag. But remember you are bringing up 3 litres of water in 1 shot so this makes supper and breakfast easier. Other then that, I really prefer this way then the Sawyer way or pump way. The bags currently come in 2l and 3l bags. And are colour coded so you don't mix up the dirty bag with the clean bag. . Happy Trails eh 🇨🇦⚓️🇺🇸. .
NEMO Switchback Foam Sleeping Pad
Nemo Switch Back Foam Sleeping pad
Hands down this is the best foam pad out there that I have tried so let's take a look at the pro's and con's. Pro's. 1. Ultralight Gear 2. Pad size 72x20x.9in 3. Temp 20F, -7C 4. Weight 14.5oz 5. Thickness .9in 6. Packs down to 5x5.5x20in 7. Simply the most comfortable foam pad I used. 8. Uniquely placed bubbles seem to be better then standard placement. 9. You can use this with a bother pad to add warmth and comfort on cold nights. 10. Very easy to setup and put away. Cons 1. Bulky and has to be carried outside the pack which is normal 2. Can expose you to carbon black which is known to cause cancer??? I just heard of this when reviewing Carbon tents. Overall this is simply the best foam pad on the market right now and even works well fir me although I tend to shy away from foam as perfect the thick airpads. 1.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Windrider 40L Backpack
Hyperlight 2400 Windrider - Black
. Hyperlight 2400 Windrider Review 2019 Mi'gmaq Trail NB, Canada Ultralight Pack 260.00usd 2 pounds . Well after 9 days on this great wonderful new wild Canadian Northern Trail, I had to time to use my new Hyperlight 2400 WindRider out. . Well I give it 5 stars out of 5 and here are the pros and cons that I have noticed; Pros 1. Very durable pack. 2. 100% Waterproof. 3. Huge waist pockets. 4. Easy to place bottles in side mesh pockets x4 5. Mesh pockets were very durable but I still able to stuff the back pocket. 6. No load lifters means no neck pain. 7. Black is the coolest colour ever for a pack. . Cons . 1. Belt is very ackward 2. Belt is difficult to tighten. . Conclusion . Best pack ever eh 🇨🇦⚓🇺🇸 https://www.instagram.com/p/B2qJfMsl4Tg/?igshid=168tjqzthx9g1
Klymit Static V Sleeping Pad
Ok I have been testing various sleeping pads out this past week and here is the results for KLYMIT Static V2 sleeping pad. When sitting down on this Matt, you easily bottom out which usually spells doom for the airpad in question. However there was definitely great support from this pad. But I was really surprised at the good sleep I had with it. It was probably due to the unique design with horizontal side baffles and the middle section being vertical 45° baffles makes this a very solid pad combined with the R value of 1.3 that actually helps with the cold bum feeling. However last night it dipped to 40° so I started to slightly feel the cold from the ground coming up a little but I still had a great sleep in all positions. Here are the stats; PROs 16.3oz or 463grams R-Value 1.3 Inflate 10-15 breathes Combining horizontal and vertical baffles making a very comfortable sleep. Barely enough elbow space so elbows not testing on the cold ground. CONS A great summer pad but during fall and spring this pad could start to feel cold. Not a good hammock pad either as it is too slippery and slides during the night. FIN eh 🇨🇦⚓🇺🇸.