Tyler G.

Tyler G.

I enjoy hiking/backpacking in the Canadian rockies and nerding out about gear!



Products I Love

MSR Windburner Stove System

MSR Windburner Stove System My Review

Super reliable in all conditions

I originally looked into getting a Jetboil to go along with my pocket rocket but stumbled upon the windburner. It seemed to have a similar design to the Jetboil, with the added advantage of being nearly windproof. While the jetboil is theoretically the most efficient stove at boiling water, it only does so under ideal conditions. Wind drastically changes the boil time. The windburner is unaffected by wind and so is great for real-world use out in the field. It borrows technology from the MSR Reactor, which is a snow melting powerhouse. So you could also use this as a winter stove for melting snow!

There's only a few drawbacks with this stove. First off, it gets WAY too hot to do any real cooking. It's made solely for boiling water, and maybe soups if you're attentive and stir constantly to ensure nothing burns on the bottom. Second, it doesn't have a built in igniter. In really windy conditions, it can be tough to get it lit. But once it's lit and the pot is on, it's basically unstoppable. Lastly, and this one is minor, but the lid has a weird fit. It doesnt seem to fully snap on and it just irks my OCD. I've inspected other units and found this problem on all of them.

Overall, a great stove if you're willing to carry a few extra ounces for something super reliable and efficient at boiling water.

Osprey Exos 48 Backpack

Osprey Exos 48 Backpack My Review

A nice "in between" backpack

This is a great backpack for anyone looking to get closer to an ultralight backpack without fully committing. It's in between a traditional backpack and an ultralight backpack both in terms of weight and features. It still has an aluminum frame (which many ultralight packs don't), but comes in at a weight lower than most traditional packs. It has Osprey's suspended mesh back, which makes it more comfortable on the back and much cooler (no more sweaty back!). The brain is removable if you want to make the pack even lighter, however the brain has the only two zippered pockets on the pack. My biggest gripe is that there's no hip belt pockets. The side stretch pockets are massive and can hold tons of stuff. You can also reach inside them to grab a water bottle while wearing the pack because they have a side entry opening, so you don't need to take your pack off to get your water bottle. The one thing to he aware of before getting this pack is that it can only handle about 40lbs of weight - something to be aware of if you're used to big burly packs that can carry a lot of weight.

Osprey Talon 33 Hiking Backpack

Osprey Talon 33 Hiking Backpack My Review

Super versatile!

I originally got this as a daypack for winter hiking/snowshoeing. I recently decided to try and pack up my stuff for a 2 night backpacking trip in it and to my surprise it actually fit! It makes for a great ultralight backpacking pack. I really thought it wouldn't be able to handle the weight because it doesn't have a rigid frame but it actually was super comfortable with about 20 lbs. While it is very comfortable and conforms to your back, the back sheet is entirely foam and absorbs a ton of sweat if it's hot. It also doesnt do very well if you dont fill it all the way. It sort of caves in on itself. I like that it has a lot of pockets and storage options - something not often found when you go with ultralight backpacks. Overall it's a very versatile pack capable of day trips or ultralight backpacking!

MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe Stove

MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe Stove My Review

An improvement on a classic

You've probably heard of the original pocket rocket that has an almost cult like following in the backpacking world. The pocket rocket deluxe takes that design and adds a few improvements! It has a wider, recessed burner head that is more windproof and offers better simmer control. It also is much quieter than the original. They've added a piezo igniter, but for some reason mine seems to be fairly unreliable and doesn't always work. I haven't heard of this issue with other units and I'm too tied up with all my current trips to send it in for repair/replacement. They also added a pressure regulator, which improves cold weather performance and ensures the stove performs consistently as your fuel canister starts to empty. All this and the weight has barely changed at all! It is one of the more expensive compact stoves out there, but it's one you'll have for a very long time.

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