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Field Tested: Filson Ultra-Light Jacket

Of all the gear I own, a lightweight insulated jacket has to be one of the most well-used. Even during summer months in the mountains I almost never leave home without one. Pulled over a t-shirt or tucked under heavy waterproof shell layers, a puffy jacket has year-round utility. If you don’t have one in…

Field Tested: La Sportiva Nucleo High GTX

In late 2015, I had the good fortune to visit Nepal and trek deep into the Khumbu Valley. Because I travel light, I only packed two pairs of footwear for the near month-long trip, both from La Sportiva. For rugged hiking days, I used Trango Cube boots. The rest of the trip, including the long…

2017 Fall Boot and Shoe Roundup

The contemporary overlander is not easily defined, nor are their individual gear needs. While some stay sequestered within their vehicles, many enjoy a mix of pursuits beyond the driver’s seat. For years, overlanders only wore heavy-duty leather boots, a trend I always thought was a little strange. Today’s traveler is still keen to wear well-made…

Field Tested: Le Chameau Condor LCX Boots

In the mid-1990s, while living in France, I had a local friend named Georges. Twice my age, he spent his days toiling in the vineyards near my home. Every now and then, I’d volunteer to help him trim vines, burn brush, or some days we’d just sit around and chat. The one thing I remember…

American Overlander: C.C. Filson

It is one of the most influential dates in modern history, but one easily forgotten. The day was August 16, 1896 when in the far flung wilds of the Canadian Yukon George Carmack, his wife Kate, and her brother Skookum Jim found massive gold nuggets along the banks of Rabbit Creek. It was a discovery…