Last week we talked all about the different types of down: duck, goose and new waterproof down. But this new waterproof down is not fool proof, if you get soaked those feathers might dry faster but until then you will be cold. So what is an adventurer to do if rain is in the forecast? … Continue reading
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Get Your Kicks with Pat!
Let’s face facts, whether it’s healthy or not, a cold soda can be really refreshing. Those sodas with real cane sugar and all natural flavorings are better for us and usually delicious to boot. On a hot summer day, I certainly look forward to a delicious soda waiting for me at the end of whatever … Continue reading
The Perfect Backpack for Your Next Autumn Hike
This past weekend we said good-bye to summer and welcomed autumn with open arms. Autumn is one of the most beautiful times to head out and visit your favorite hiking trails. There are the bright colors of foliage to experience, crisp chill air to breath and plenty of other exciting adventures to look forward to … Continue reading
Are You Born To Run?
Are You Born To Run? This past week I finally got around to finishing the book that has carried an entire movement of fitness on its back. Born To Run by Christopher McDougall has changed many a runners ideas about health, footwear and endurance. I don’t know if this book has changed my life yet, … Continue reading
The Sea Eagle Has Landed
Have you heard the word? The newest trend in water sports is stand up paddle boarding, or SUP! I went out on a rare sunny and hot Tuesday evening to try and I have to say, I get it. I have always loved the water and pretty much all water sports, so I am not … Continue reading
New Ion Cameras Available at MPGear
The Mountains Plus family is excited to announce another new brand partnership – Ion Cameras. Not only are we offering the new standout cameras on our websites for sale; we will putting them through the paces ourselves! Ion cameras has generously agreed to sponsor our Grassroots and Elite Cyclocross racing teams this fall. Watch out … Continue reading
Tales of The Osprey Poco Child Carriers From a Mountain Mama
Osprey’s new Poco Child Carriers have been getting rave reviews since the line was released earlier this past spring, and for good reasons. But we wanted to get a review straight from the source, a real life Mountain Mama who knows what it takes for a child carrier to really hold up to whatever the … Continue reading
MPGear’s Top 10 Trail Running Shoes
‘Tis the season to lace up for your next trail run! Trail running can be extremely physically demanding so it’s important to make sure you’re properly prepared for the elements and hurdles that the trail may throw your way. Here are MPGear’s Top 10 recommendations for optimal performance and comfort on your next trail run: … Continue reading
The Big Agnes Q-Core Sleeping Pad in Action
This past weekend one of our MPGear crew members, Devin, went on a camping trip and he was looking for the perfect sleeping pad to take with him. After considering several different sleeping pads like self inflating pads, lightweight pads and some accordion style pads, he decided on the Big Agnes Q-Core Sleeping Pad. I … Continue reading
Trailspace Gives a Great Review of The New MSR WindPro II Stove
Trailspace has just reviewed the new MSR WindPro II Stove and they do a great job of highlighting the improvements from the original MSR WindPro Stove. Highlighted features include: Remote burner Inverted liquid feed Improved packability Extremely duable Read the full review on Trailspace’s site HERE, and pick yours up at MPGear and receive FREE … Continue reading
A Quick Look At The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 4 Person Tent
Earlier this week MPGear crew member, Alex, had some time to set up the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 4 Person Tent. Here’s some of his thoughts on this lightweight tent: “Before setting up Fly Creek UL 4, I hardly thought the phrase and “four person” and “backpacking tent” belonged in the … Continue reading
I was a CamelBak man! Now I’m a Hydraform Man!
I was born with a CamelBak nozzle in my mouth. Ok, I’m not that young, but I used a CamelBak on countless hikes, adventure races, and bike rides sucking on that nozzle like a little piglet would suckle on its mother’s you know what. CamelBak dominated the market. Frankly, it was the only reservoir on the … Continue reading
The “Evolution” of Backpacking
I remember when I first started backpacking as a kid in the early-to-mid 70’s (I know, I know… that dates me, and I really don’t like thinking about it!). My family had been backpacking for years, so as soon as I got old enough to carry a pack I got a hand-me-down Kelty external frame … Continue reading
Sleeping Bags, Essential Backpacking Gear!
Whether you are using it to survive a cold stormy night on the mountain or a warm balmy night in the woods, your sleeping bag can either make or break your camping trip. Backpacker has spent countless nights sleeping in them and testing them so that you can sleep with ease. Here is their ‘A’ … Continue reading
How to choose the perfect sleeping bag
Living in Seattle, there’s no shortage of outdoors enthusiasts; they’re everywhere. So it always amazes me when I run into someone claiming to be an avid backpacker who’s never moved beyond his $20 Walmart bag. While that type of “value bag” may work for someone who does the bulk of his camping in his backyard, … Continue reading