Always a hot topic with hikers.
Tom Mangan got the raves flying the other day:
Who do I like? Vasque and Keen for shoes/boots. Gregory Mountain Products for backpacks. REI for backpacking tents. Columbia for pants. Wigwam for socks. MSR for stoves. …
Click through and read the details. Especially the COMMENTS on Two-Heel Drive – Best hiking gear brands: my faves
My current multi-day hiking gear is posted here – best hike editor – gear 2007. Little has changed since then.
I’ve switched to the new Therm-a-Rest NeoAir mattress.
I like MSR, Granite Gear, JetBoil … but am not loyal to particular brands, in general.
My favourite gear shop is Mountain Equipment Co-op in Canada. MEC is like REI in the States … only much better.
If you own children you might want to check out Outside San Diego’s Kids Gear in the Outdoors post.
It was inspired by: Kids and the Outdoors: 10 Tips from the Gear Junkie on REI.