Category Archives: Gear Guide

“Why am I wandering around outside in a soaking wet jacket?”



Patrick and I put the LoftTek Adventure Jacket through the paces of a quick fall into a river (or, uh, a bathroom sink). I also speak with Tayson from Outdoor Vitals about the insulation (LoftTek) that powers this new puffy and why it’s better than down in (almost) every way. Go check out their Kickstarter and … Continue reading “Why am I wandering around outside in a soaking wet jacket?”


A Quick Coffee Focus (Minisode)



FULL EPISODE COMING TOMORROW – Sabrina is back from the PCT and couldn’t record until Tuesday night so the full episode is delayed by a day. In this episode, I give a review after a couple weeks of using the Espro Ultralight (it’s pretty nifty) and a quick review of Jiva Coffee Cubes. I also … Continue reading A Quick Coffee Focus (Minisode)


NEW Camp Food for 2018



Cody tastes and sips his way around the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. Resources: AlpineStart Instant Coffee ESPRO P7 (pitcher-sized French press, the ultralight is available exclusively at Starbucks for now) Campfire Meals Know Brainer (drinkable Ketogenic breakfast options) Nature’s Coffee Kettle Mighty Organic jerky and meats (they gave me a jalapeno beef stick and IT WAS AWESOME) … Continue reading NEW Camp Food for 2018


Trail-Blazing Tech from the Summer Market



A collection of interviews with the companies making the coolest tech and gadgets for camping and backpacking. There’s a definite mix of backpacking gadgets AND car camping accessories, even ones that might be just as comfortable on your patio as at base camp. Treat Yo’ Self: Zippo Electric Handwarmers BioLite Firepit (NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon) … Continue reading Trail-Blazing Tech from the Summer Market


The 8 COOLEST Pieces of Gear from the Summer Market



Alright, time to spill the beans on the BEST GEAR from Outdoor Retailer this summer. NEMO addressed David’s concerns with the Hornet 2P. Helinox made a super lightweight cot! Awesome gear abounds, our gear nerd cup runneth over! Gear/Brands Mentioned this episode: Helinox (Lite Cot launches soon!) Rumpl Poncho – If you’re looking for a Rumpl … Continue reading The 8 COOLEST Pieces of Gear from the Summer Market


I Made it to DENVER



First episode with recordings from the floor of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. We chat with: Sierra Designs about their brand new Nitro Quilt WigWam about 113 years of sock experience NEMO about reinventing the closed-cell foam pad ENO about the revised Guardian bugnet We’ve got a lot more content coming from the Summer Market. … Continue reading I Made it to DENVER


7 ways to hot weather hike

7 Ways to Avoid Dying While Summer Hiking



This week we’re talking about the best ways to beat the heat while hiking in the summer (hint: #1 is to hike somewhere it’s not hot). Resources: American Hiking Society’s Guide to Hot Weather Hiking Cody’s Guide to The 10 Essentials (check out that sun protection section) The 100% Official, Totally Cool Nature’s Call Patreon … Continue reading 7 Ways to Avoid Dying While Summer Hiking


How to choose a new backpacking tent

How to Choose a New Backpacking Tent



Liz and Danny are back. They’re leaving for their 7,000-mile, cross-country trek in a little over a month but before they leave, they’re advising you on your next backpacking tent (or your very first)! Join the Wild Marks Club on our Patreon today. The dynamics at play when choosing a new tent are: Weight Comfort/Durability Cost … Continue reading How to Choose a New Backpacking Tent


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Can a Tesla Model X Replace My Jeep Wrangler?



Tesla believes their Model X can take me into the backcountry. I took one for a test drive and asked a lot of questions of their sales rep to decide if I think this is true. Resources from this episode: Tesla’s Model X (go check one out) Outside Magazine’s Tesla article Chacos – the most … Continue reading Can a Tesla Model X Replace My Jeep Wrangler?