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Salewa Firetail GTX Approach Shoes

I don't get excited about shoes very often and this might be because I don't find an amazing pair very often. However, the Salewa Firetail GTX approach shoe is honestly the best shoe I have ever had. I am an avid runner, hiker, backpacker, mountaineer and rock climber living in Salt Lake City and for a while I was really on the fence about getting another pair of shoes, especially approach shoes. I have a good pair of  hiking boots and several ... Read more

Backpacking, Rafting, and Hiking Havasupai in the Grand Canyon Wilderness of Arizona

If you come from an icy place, if the winter was long, or if your eyes have seen a wash of gray for months, a perfect escape is waiting for you in the Grand Canyon backcountry. What can I say about the American Southwest in the springtime? After hibernating all winter, certainly nothing in my lexicon can accurately describe the invigorating revival of human spirit; when new desert heat flows up your legs, a hot sun beams UVs through a blue ... Read more

Arc’teryx Rampart Hiking and Backpacking Pant – Men’s

These hiking pants really changed the game for me. I spent a lot of time trying to find a pant that was comfortable and lightweight. The Arc'teryx Rampart are nonrestrictive and make hiking easier for me. I used to just backpack in sweats or jeans, but if they got wet, I was toast. This last summer I knew it was time to take a step up and get some water resistant pants. The 94% Nylon material repels water. If they do get wet ... Read more

Men’s Teva Raith Event

I love Teva Sandals. There emerging close-toed shoes are beginning to show promise. They are entering a market that has already been cornered. Durable, light, and comfortable shoes are a dime a dozen, but will also cost you a dime… and more. And Teva is no exception. Check Out This Product On Amazon: View On Amazon The Raith Event is a good shoe. They feel heavier than they ought to be for a “light trail shoe.” The traction was great in and out of ... Read more

The North Face Hedgehog III GTX XCR Hiking Shoes

I put these shoes in some tough places. I asked a lot of them, and made them do things they didn’t want to do. Still, they remain by my feet for over 100+ miles of backcountry (most on this site), dozens of foothill hikes, and pacing miles back and forth as a server in a small brewpub in Boise, ID. Check Out This Product On Amazon: An interesting fact about me: I ruin shoes. I fall. I scrape them against rocks. I step ... Read more

KEEN Arroyo II Hiking Shoe

Hooray Keen! They make great terrain shoes. When I say that I mean they make shoes that are versatile on any ground. They grip rock at extreme inclines even when the rain is pouring from thundering clouds directly above; they protect the bones in your feet while trudging down river; they will protect your toes when you kick a moose (in self defense). Backpacking Review does not condone wild animal abuse... or any animal abuse. These shoes have a stable sole. Because ... Read more

Merrell Moab Mid Gore-Tex XCR Hiking Boots

This is my first product review on my blog, and I thought I would start with one of the most important pieces of gear that I own, my hiking boots. I got these boots about two years ago after going on a backpacking trek to the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. I realized I had a limited supply of gear and was especially lacking in quality hiking boots. Check Out This Product On Amazon: I went to the local REI and picked out an ... Read more