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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

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