Thoughtful, unbiased, and detailed write-ups of my trekking and travel gear that I use extensively and know inside and out.
Price: $279 MSRP – Check Price on Montbell Keri’s Rating: 4.8 of 5 stars Pros: Great weight to warmth ratio; practically waterproof; extremely comfortable Cons: No internal zippered pockets; a tad bulky for ultralight backpacking Weight: 13.8 oz Men’s Model: Permafrost Light Down Parka Lighter Option: Alpine Light Down Parka: 12 oz Budget Option: Highland Parka: $149 […]
Price: $200 MSRP – Check Price on Amazon Noel’s Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars Pros: Extremely comfortable, lots of useful features, great airflow between back and bag Cons: Not very durable, mesh loosens after time, lid is hard to access Weight: New Model: 37 oz (1.05 kg) My Model: 41 oz (1.16 kg) Volume: 48 L Lighter Option: Zpacks Arc Blast: […]
Price: $230 MSRP – Check Price on Amazon Noel’s Rating: 4.6 of 5 stars Pros: Very comfortable; no break-in period; excellent ankle support, traction Cons: Relatively expensive; potential durability concerns Weight: 52.6 oz (1.49 kg) Women’s Model: Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Lighter Option: Salomon X Ultra Mid 3 GTX: 36.5 oz (1.04 kg) Budget Option: Merrell Moab 2 […]
Price: $150 MSRP – Check Price on Amazon Noel’s Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars Pros: Powerful! Great sound quality, impressive battery life, waterproof, able to charge devices Cons: Size/weight not ideal for lightweight travel, exposed subwoofers Weight: 28.2 oz (800 grams) Lighter/Smaller Option: UE Boom 2: 19 oz (539 grams) Budget Option: Anker Soundcore 2 Overview: JBL Charge 3 […]