Backpacking Gear: An Ongoing Review

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This blog is a comprehensive product review of my new-and-used hiking & backpacking gear. As I trek and learn this list will grow with new recommendations for the most effective and comfortable products!


5.20 Kavu bag

*This is great for day hikes! It slings across your shoulder and chest so it distributes weight differently than a regular backpack.

5.20 Camelbak Fanny Pack

*I received this as a birthday gift this past year from my lovely mother and I love this fanny pack! I used to poke jokes at my mom for using a fanny pack but honestly this is great! I use this on day hikes shorter than 3 miles. Ive recently used this as my dogs hiking pack on my backpacking trip in the San Juan National Forest.

6.20 Purchased Alps Mountaineering 40L backpack

ALPS Mountaineering Tour 45L Backpack in Gray/Apricot

Rating: 3 out of 5.

*I purchased this from Sierra Trading Post. It was the first purchase I made for my backpacking gear so it is no surprise that it does not work as well as I would like. I was unsure of what I was looking for but I think this works alright. I wish that the straps went down my back a little more than just at the shoulders and i wish it was a little more customize-able like my partners Kelty. This works for now but I will definitely look to upgrade as time goes on!


7.20 Purchased Eureka Suma 3

Suma 3 Person Tent | Eureka!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

* I LOVE our tent! This was the most expensive thing we purchased ad almost didn’t go through with it but i am so glad we splurged and got this. It is very comfortable for the two of us and our husky. I love that this tent has a rain cover that extends past the door so it gives us extra space to store our packs from inside.

Sleeping bags

6.20 Alps 20* degree mummy bag

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sleeping pad

6.20 Purchased generic inflatable mattress and pump amazon. *It was NOT the most convenient or lightweight mattress. I am keeping them if i have any overnight guests at my house.

8.20 Purchased Hikeunture Sleeping pads. : Hikenture Backpacking Sleeping Pad Ultralight Camping Pad,  Upgraded Design Air Support Sleeping Mat, Compact Lightweight for Sleeping  Bag, Car, Outdoor, Camp, Hammock (Army Green) : Sports & Outdoors
Check it out on Amazon

Rating: 5 out of 5.

*So far I thing this works well I used this for a backpacking trip of 2 nights and was comfortable and more importantly INSULATED!


5.20 Purchased Columbia Newton Ridge from Dicks

Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Plus Amped Waterproof Hiking Boots product image

Rating: 3 out of 5.

*I purchased theses at Dicks the beginning of quarantine for my birthday in May. I was not able to try these on in store so I bought what I thought was my size online. They fit me alright, they are a little snug and I wish I was able to try on other options. I love the high ankle because I have weak ankles and like the extra support. I loved the light moss green suede color! The suede is waterproof.Most options I found were your basic brown boots. They are a little heavy, but so are most hiking boots without spending a whole lotta mulah.

Camp Stove

7.20 Purchased metal wood burning stove *after 1 use I see that this is not the most practical option. it took a lot of effort to keep the tinder burner compared to using a portable propane stove.

8.20 Purchased Propane Stove

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Hiking Poles

7.20 Purchased hiking poles from Walmart

Apex Trekking Pole Set – Outdoor Products

Rating: 5 out of 5.

*Sturdy and easy to adjust!

Bear Canister

8.20 Purchased BearVault BV450 Food Container at REI

*Some places require these, others do not recommend them so definitely check your forests regulations. I purchased this as a secondary means of food storage. This size worked well for my planned 3 day trip with two people.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Stay tuned for more added reviews!

Are there specific pieces of hiking and backpacking gear that you are curious about? Leave a comment below and I will review each item to find the most effective gear!


Published by thetrekkingturnip

Florida native exploring the Rocky Mountains with my partner and husky pup.

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