Category: Gear Review

Jacks "R" Better Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock Review

From the Wayback Machine Jacks “R” Better Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock Review — BackpackGearTest.org The Rest of the Story. This review actually isn’t from that long ago; I just finished reviewing the Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock (BMBH) this spring (2013), but I did have my first “lay” back in 2011. The BMBH was a revolutionary hammock…
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LoopAlien with a Tarp Part 2

I posted earlier on how you can use the LoopAlien with a tarp and a continuous ridge line, but a lot of folks prefer using guy lines just on the ends of the tarp’s ridge line. The LoopAlien works just as well with end-only ridge tie-outs and can be easily added to existing lines without…
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LoopAlien with a Tarp and a Continuous Ridge Line

UPDATE: Using the LoopAlien with single lines, and faster locking method. I’m a sucker for cool, little hardware gadgets for tarp and hammock rigging. Don’t get me wrong, I love knots (I’m a Scoutmaster, after all), and use them on all my trips, but sometimes a good piece of hardware makes the task of tensioning…
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The Gobi Gear Hoboroll Review

I guess you can call me a bindlestiff; I’ve latched on to the Gobi Gear Hoboroll and I’m not letting go any time soon. Of course, the Hoboroll isn’t just for hammock nutcases like me (or hobos for that matter); it’s a very useful packing and organizing tool for just about anyone who takes stuff on…
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Grand Trunk Nano 7 Hammock Review

From the Wayback Machine Grand Trunk Nano 7 Hammock Review — BackpackGearTest.org The Rest of the Story. Back in 2009 I tested the then brand-new Grand Trunk Nano 7—arguably the lightest hammock still on the market. What makes this review unique and transformative for me was that during the test the Whoopie Sling was introduced…
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Hammock Bliss Sky Bed Review

Hammock Bliss Sky Bed Overview I mentioned back in July, 2012 that the folks at Hammock Bliss had come out with a new product, the Sky Bed. Since Dov, the owner, was driving through my hometown en route to the Summer Outdoor Retailer Show, he was kind enough to give me a sneak peek at…
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DIY Jacks “R” Better Weather Shield

For the past few winters, I’ve been playing with “non-traditional” insulation options for extending my hammock camping in cold weather: vapor barriers, hammock socks, and top and bottom covers. This season I spent a lot of time designing and testing a hammock sock, but I was so irritated by the amount of condensation and frost…
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Hoo-Rag Multi-function Head Gear Review

I’ve been using the Hoo-Rag for a few weeks now, but I’ve been using a similar product for years (the Buff) , and I love them. The Hoo-Rag multi-function head gear is useful beyond the easy-on neck warmer: you can bend and twist the microfiber fabric into beanies, balaclavas, head bands, and more. At only…
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