HikeLighter.Com

sub 2268 hiking

Zpacks ‘Vertice Rain Jacket’

with 8 comments

Greetings Adventurers,

Earlier today, March 17, 2017, our good friends over at Zpacks released their next generation rain jacket, called the “Vertice Rain Jacket“.

I have written about every generation of the Zpacks WPB rain jackets, so it is always an exciting day to get to share my thoughts on a new generation of this rain jacket.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by John B. Abela - HikeLighter.Com

March 17, 2017 at 11:32 am

Posted in Gear Announcements

Tagged with , ,

Favorite Gear List Videos

with 4 comments

64090a8aa4c39374c268c21449d2f104

Gear Videos. Love them, hate them. Most I come across are far too long – I have been guilty of that myself in the past, often making 30+ minute videos, it is no wonder people do not like them – but every so often a gear video comes along that really hits the sweet spot, and usually by experienced big mileage long distance hikers.

I have been sharing many of these videos with people on facebook, patreon, and via email, and thought rather than just copying-and-pasting each of them every time, I would just post these here at hikelighter.com and in the future just share the link to this page to folks. It will also allow me the ability to add additional videos in the future, as I come across ones that I really like.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by John B. Abela - HikeLighter.Com

March 8, 2017 at 2:27 pm

Posted in My Thoughts On Hiking

Tagged with

Solumbra ‘Active Pants’ [400+ Days of Use]

leave a comment »

solumbra-active-pants-000

A friend took this picture of me while out on a hike in late 2016. The indigo color of the Solumbra ‘Active Pants‘ has not faded after one full year of wearing them, and the pants have had zero durability issues, even from scrambling over fallen trees, through nasty blackberry bushes, and cactus, rocks and boulders down in the deserts in and around Death Valley.

Greetings Adventurers!

The Solumbra ‘Active Pants‘ are a pair of lightweight, durable, and high sun level protective pants designed for just about anybody for use in just about any outdoor type of activity.

I received mine from Solumbra, a company that has been a sponsor of mine for a few years, when I ordered/bought some other Solumbra garments. The pants got added into the box and I have been really happy that Solumbra tossed them in, as I have now worn the pants for over 400+ days – while out on working on building new hiking trail routes, while hiking throughout California (from the Redwoods to Death Valley), and around town and at home. Solumbra wanted me to give them a go and let them know how they would hold up to the type of long term outdoor testing that I tend to put gear through, much like what I did with the 600+ consecutive days of wear/testing of the Solumbra, Ultra Athlete Shirt and Pants that I bought a number of years ago and wore from 2013 onward until I started wearing these Solumbra ‘Active Pants‘.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by John B. Abela - HikeLighter.Com

February 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm

Vargo ‘ExoTi 50’ Backpack

with 4 comments

vargo-exoti-50

The 2017 Vargo Outdoors ExoTi 50 backpack. Slightly overstuffed, and strap tangled, but initial thoughts are very good on this new backpack from Vargo!

Greetings Adventurers!

Earlier this week (first week of February 2017) I got in the mail the brand new, 2017, backpack from Vargo Outdoors, the “ExoTi 50

I have done an initial video walk around, much as I did with the SMD Fusion 65, and other backpacks when the first show up. This article is intended to show the features of this new Vargo ExoTi50 and some of the differences between it and the Vargo Ti-Arc backpack.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by John B. Abela - HikeLighter.Com

February 12, 2017 at 9:39 am

Posted in Thoughts on Gear

Tagged with , , ,

MSR PocketRocket 2 + GSI 3 Cup Percolator – Total Boils

leave a comment »

Hey all,

I recently bought a GSI 3 cup percolator for making coffee, mostly around my house and when truck camping.

Kept track of how many boils I got per 110g canister of MSR fuel, when using the new MSR PocketRocket 2 stove, so here is a 2 minute video showing everything.

This post first appeared at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/7935418

Thanks for reading,
+John Abela
HikeLighter.Com

As of the time of this article being published I am a sponsored hiker of  MSR. They sent this stove to me (had no idea it was coming, it just showed up one day) six months before release date so that I could perform pre-release testing & feedback to them (something I do throughout the year for many companies with alpha/beta/prototype products) and with zero expectation of publicly writing about it.

Written by John B. Abela - HikeLighter.Com

February 5, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Posted in Thoughts on Gear

Interviews: Vargo Outdoors

with 4 comments

vargo_logo

Vargo Outdoors is an outdoor company that sells specialized gear, nearly all of it titanium, that happens to be a fairly small cottage company yet with a big global reach. Located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, with a population of about 6000 people, Brian Vargo (founder/owner of Vargo Outdoors, hence the name) and Chad North (the #2 guy at Vargo) recently took a bit of their time to allow me to interview them!

Hello guys and thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions!

Before we get started, anything you would like to just throw out there for readers?

For those who aren’t familiar with Vargo, we are a titanium outdoor gear manufacturer based in Central Pennsylvania. The company was started in 2002 by Brian Vargo a few years after his thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. With an innovative approach to product design and an almost exclusive use of titanium, we aim to create unique products that help lighten loads and meet the needs of adventurers worldwide.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by John B. Abela - HikeLighter.Com

January 31, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Posted in Interviews

Tagged with

[Poll] Next Cottage Companies To Interview

Cast your vote for which cottage companies I interview next!

Voting is open to patrons and non-patrons (no patreon membership should be required)

https://www.patreon.com/posts/7796008

Want to read the interviews I have already published?

Check them out right here!

 

Written by John B. Abela - HikeLighter.Com

January 16, 2017 at 11:16 pm

Posted in News & Updates