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BAFX Products – Anti Shock Hiking / Walking / Trekking Trail Poles Review

EDITOR'S COMMENT:

Well, I've got quite a bit of commentary for these poles. My team and I took it on our trip to Bear Mountain in New York. Initially, they were holding up fine. But, as the trek continued, we noticed some things of concern. First, the plastic handles are poorly made. They started to lose grip as we progressed through our hike (due to the sweat making it slick). When we came across rocky terrain, the plastic felt as though it were crackling from our grip. The compass on top is a nice addition, but it seems to be a bit flimsy.

UPDATE 8/17: We decided to take it on a second trip. Unfortunately, the pole bent. 

DESIGN:

BAFX Products – 2 Pack – Anti Shock Hiking / Walking / Trekking Trail Poles – 1 Pair is durable. This is made of lightweight aluminum. Another advantage is that it can extend from the 25.5 to 53 inches that can be suitable for individuals of many heights. It comes with an anti-shock spring. It comes equipped with plastic grips and wrist straps.

FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS:

  • It is made of the lightweight aluminum and it can extend from 25.5 to 53 inches.
  • It comes with an anti-shock spring that offers more comfortable trekking.
  • You will get plastic grip and wrist strap. And each pair will come with two spare tips. You will have four tips to get started.
  • Rubber feet are included to aid on your journey.
  • It come with an optional snow disk that you can use on the softer ground coverings.
  • It comes with an easy to use twist locking system.

CUSTOMER REVIEWS AND SCORES:

It is one of the most inexpensive products, and if you're going to do more than nordic walking, it shows. Another thing of note is the handles have occasionally been delivered facing two different directions. 

On the bright side, the weight is light enough that children can carry it for a long time without any discomfort. 

There have also been comments suggesting the plastic make-up of the handles are flimsy, expressing concerns that they've cracked under pressure.

CONCLUSION:

If your budget is under $20, and you want a decent set of trekking poles to walk around the neighborhood, then we say go for these. Otherwise, stay away, because these will fail during a more intense hike. 

Cascade Mountain Tech Trekking Poles Review

EDITORS COMMENT:

Before diving into the specs and further details, I would have to say I had many gripes with this pole. I would venture to say a lot of the reviews on Amazon have been faked. I was not too pleased with the grip, nor was I all that enthralled with the way the poles wobbled on the terrain. Granted, wobbling can happen, but no matter what the placement, the poles seemed to shift and slide a bit. This wasn't pleasant in the least, and could actually be quite dangerous. 

FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Lightweight carbon fiber construction - under 1lb for a pair.
  • Quick lock snaps which make height adjustment easy and reliable.
  • Cork handles, which will shape to your hand(to provide some editor's insight, I've found I prefer EVA foam because cork tends to crack and tear faster).
  • Wrist strap.
  • Includes snow discs and mud baskets, as well as a carbide tip and rubber cap.

CUSTOMER REVIEWS AND SCORES:

The CMT poles are very versatile trekking poles. It can provide sufficient balance, prevent blisters, lightweight or do any of the several things a good trekking pole is capable of. 

Currently, CMT poles have found 301 customer reviews, and they have been awarded 4.5 stars out of a possible 5 on average. This is an incredible rating! The customer reviews on Amazon are positive generally, but there were a number of negative sentiments.

Nonetheless, many hikers or backpackers who have used these poles seem to have experienced comfort. Other clients said, “Got my pair and they’re stronger than any pole at typical outdoor retailers and way less expensive. You can feel the comfort isn't quite as noticeable, but they get the job done."

CONCLUSION:

Whether your new to trekking, or you're a seasoned veteran, I wouldn't put these poles at the top of my list. They're great for strolls at a moderate pace, but anything heavier or more taxing would be a bit dangerous as they have an issue with sliding and wobbling. 

Generally, the Quick Lock Carbon Fiber Cork Grip Trekking Poles were very comfortable for the first couple of uses, but over time I noticed the handle did lose its comfort and cushion. Having the foam grips and the cork handles assisted in the several different situations.

I was very happy with their remarkable performance on the basic trail (once again, flat surface and sturdy flooring - once exposed to a rougher trail, these poles lost their magic touch). The retail price of $49.99 makes them very affordable too.

DESIGN:

Though lever locks of the CMT are less refined than FlickLock of the Montem Trekking Poles or even those on Carbon Power Lock Poles, they work. Honestly, the shaft never slided; they never required occasional readjustment; and after nearly 2 hard weeks of use, they still work as well as when they’re new.

On top of the Quick Lock Poles, CMT provides a Twist Lock version. I would avoid these: the design is essentially less reliable, and the CMT poles I acquired in 2012 have proven to be similar.

The CMT pole grips are essentially made of high-density foam cork that’s far superior to rubber and plastic but not as necessary as (much more costly) 100% cork. But, to note, it is cork at the end of the day will degrade faster than EVA foam which we consider superior. 

Moreover, I’m happy that the CMT poles boast foam extension grips that I frequently use when side-hilling or when hiking steeply uphill. If poles don’t have this feature, it is a deal-breaker for me.

Note that on the website of CMT, the Quick Lock poles are also available with the cork grips, for the similar price. But be careful — assuming it is the same cork like on my CMT twist poles from 2012, it doesn’t feel or appear like real cork, and at least a single backpacker had a negative experience with them.

Mountaintop [2-Pack] 3-Section Retractable Lightweight Trekking Poles Review

EDITORS COMMENT:

Retractable lightweight trekking poles by Mountaintop are perfect companion for outdoor activities as they are sturdy and durable due to their aluminum composition. They are perfect for activities like hiking, trekking, climbing, mountaineering, and backpacking.

I recently took these Mountaintop Trekking Poles on a trip to Seattle. Over the course of 3 weeks I used the poles totaling roughly 80 hours of active hiking. One thing that immediately stood out to me was the grip. Unfortunately, the padding was a bit thin. It did cause a bit of discomfort, but nothing dramatically bad. I also had to be careful where I placed the pole. On flat terrain, it held up fine, but when traversing rocky paths I could feel the pole losing it's stability/wobbling a bit. 

Unfortunately, the grips don't extend down the shaft either. This was noticeable when I went uphill/downhill, as I couldn't adjust my hand placement. This did cause noticeable wrist pain, which is a decent cause for concern. 

DESIGN:

These lightweight trekking poles can be retracted to 3 sections ranging from 24 inches to 53 inches to make its packing easier. These poles of 24 inch or 62 cm length can be adjusted very easily due to their light weight of 9.5 oz or 0.59 pounds and their lever lock system.

FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS:

  • The durable strap of Mountaintop [2-Pack] 3-Section Retractable Lightweight Trekking Poles helps in transferring some of your force from your hand to wrist by supporting your wrist.
  • The users can grip these poles with lesser force than others
  • The lever locks system of these poles makes it easy to extend the poles up to 53 inches with the help of its quick-lock adjustment. The bolts on their levers allow you to adjust its angle easily.
  • These trekking poles are available in various colors including Black, Golden, Maroon, Silvery and Sky Blue from which you can choose as per your liking and suitability.
  • Theses extendable trekking poles can be extended from 24 inches to 53 inches just by loosening their lock mechanism and adjusting their shaft down or up to increase or decrease their length as per your requirement.
  • Mountaintop ensures the quality of these trekking poles by offering 90 days limited period warranty on them.

CUSTOMER REVIEWS AND SCORES:

Mountaintop [2-Pack] 3-Section Retractable Lightweight Trekking Poles are really versatile trekking sticks as they can be used for hiking, trekking, climbing, backpacking and mountaineering with equal ease and comfort due to their retractable, safe and sturdy structure.

The reviews of more than 45 customers of Mountaintop Retractable Lightweight Trekking Poles have rated them averagely for 4.6 stars out of 5 whereas 78% of them have rated them for 5 out of 5 stars on the basis of their durable and comfortable use.

Though overall reviews of the customers on Amazon were positive but one of them does not find them suitable for heavy duty use as they collapsed when he put more load on them. Moreover he has to struggle a lot to adjust them as per his requirement.

CONCLUSION:

But such complaint was not registered by the other users of these trekking sticks. It proves that it is not a prevalent difficulty and may not occur if used carefully. Most of the other users have reviewed it as very comfortable and convenient trekking equipment at various types of trekking and hiking terrains. Most of them have recommended these sticks for all kinds of outdoor activities during mountaineering and trekking expeditions due to their sturdy and durable built and comfortable adjustment and handling features. “I liked them not only for their nice grips and for adjustments as I am short....” “These are the best for hiking on all types of terrains” and “It is really light but becomes really solid when stretched to use as a trekking pole” are the reviews of some of the users who were satisfied with the working of these trekking sticks.

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Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles Review

EDITORS CHOICE

EDITOR'S COMMENT:

Before we get into the features, specs, design, and reviews, I'd like to talk about my experience with these Montem trekking poles. I took them on my trip to Mount Saint Helens. They were very sturdy, and had what I consider the ideal amount of give when traversing rocky terrain. They're got rubber feet that can be interchanged with the base tip made out of carbon steel. The only issue I had was figuring out I had to tighten the locking mechanism before use. Once I figured that out, I was good to go!

Over the course of my journey, they held up exponentially well - much better than Black Diamond. For 1/2 the price of the more expensive poles, I got the same, if not a better experience. They provided the same stability and comfort of those higher end poles. I could tell that they were built to live up to their model name and motto of being ultra strong.

DESIGN:

Whenever you are traveling, regardless of whether it is just for hours or extended days, weeks or months, the size of your poles matter a great deal. Carrying cumbersome items and more so trekking poles with you is quite discouraging. In other words, trekking poles are meant to facilitate your trekking experience and not to hinder it. In addition to these Montem poles being compact enough at just 24-inches in height, they are lightweight enough, weighing 9.6 ounces each, thus making them the sturdy and ultra-light poles for travel.

FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS: 

  • Feature adjustable bolts that allow an adventurer of any height to easily adjust the poles between 24-in and 53-in thus achieving the perfect height they need.
  • Crafted and constructed using aluminum 7075, an airplane construction material thus guaranteeing you strength and durability.
  • Ultra-light trekking poles having a total of 9.2 ounces per pole. Airplane materials are not only durable but light. Since you already have enough to carry on your back, a trekking pole that is too heavy becomes burdensome rather than to help you climb that steep.
  • The trekking poles are accompanied with straps meant to improve the safety of your journey. At last, the worries of dropping your trekking poles have been eliminated.
  • A one year limited warranty is very generous for a trekking pole.

CUSTOMER REVIEWS AND SCORES:

Rare will you get a product that rates 5-star out of 5 after the first 39 reviews. This is a 100% approval rate. At the time of writing this review, all the thirty nine customers to have reviewed the product gave it a five star rating.

The aesthetic appearance of the poles together with the generous one-year warranty is the most attractive features to most customers. Other reasons that attracted customers and made them to love it include the fact that the product has been built using aircraft-grade aluminum thus not only making it durable but very lightweight.

The construction is excellent, design is of high quality and ergonomics have been factored in thus offering the customers not only a smooth handle but also perfect grips.

One customer who has been buying these walking poles for years commends this product for being all round. Unlike other poles which would have many good features and one negative issue, this pole has nothing negative to talk about. Some of the poles he had bought earlier would either be adjustable but lacks sturdiness... or sturdy but fails in adjustability. At least that’s not the case with these Ultra strong Trekking poles.

So far, there is nothing negative that has been said by any of the customers who have bought these trekking poles thus making it very easy to recommend the product.

CONCLUSION:

​If you’re on a fixed budget, these should be your best choice. I cannot fault the magnificent design of these trekking poles. The EVA cork handles and aluminum design make them compete with the $100+ trekking poles and the twist locks are very strong.

The Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles have been designed and constructed to last. All you need are poles that are capable of supporting you. Crafted out of airplane construction grade aluminum material, the poles have absolutely all the features sought for in a trekking pole namely; they are sturdy, they are strong thus durable and they are lightweight too. With these walking poles, you will experience the sturdiest and smoothest trekking experience that’s perfect for your gear and backpack.

Montem Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles Review

EDITOR'S COMMENT:

Montem Outdoor Gear is a company that has over the years proved itself to be a trustworthy and a quality maker of hiking and outdoor gear. This company has some of the best hiking equipment available in the market, especially trekking poles. The Ultrallight Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles are yet another addition to its arsenal of top notch hiking equipment. These poles by Montem are perfect for hiking, trekking, walking, mountaineering, snowshoeing and a wide variety of other outdoor adventure travel.

Trekking poles are one of the most important and an indispensable piece of equipment that you should not miss out while packing your bags for the next hiking/outdoor trip. These poles have come as a life saver to many as they reduce fatigue by a very significant amount and also help you balance yourself while on the dangerous and uneven hiking trails. So if you have not bought yourself one of these, then it is high time you consider buying a pair if you’re planning a hiking trip anytime soon.

DESIGN:

The Montem Ultralight Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles are very durable and are sure to last for a long time. These poles feature tungsten tips, 100% carbon fiber and handles made of EVA Foam which is much stronger and more comfortable than cork (in our opinion). This efficient combination of features makes these poles support you optimally. Unlike most other trekking poles, these are not a mixture of carbon fiber and aluminum but are actually 100% carbon fiber throughout the shaft. That is a very rare feature and not something you find in every trekking pole manufacturer. The great thing about carbon fiber is that it is a natural and efficient anti-shock material.

As far as the size is concerned, these poles are quite compact and are thus very easy to pack into your backpack. Cumbersome and bulky equipment are highly undesirable while out on a journey and thus these poles have been designed to be ultra light. These poles can be closed down to a size of only 24 inches which will enable you to easily fit it into any backpack easily.

These poles also weigh only 7.6 ounces per pole and are one of the lightest carbon fiber trekking poles available in the market. These are a great pair since they do not compromise on the strength and sturdiness of the poles while still being compact and ultra light.

As far as the adjustability is concerned, these trekking poles by Montem are absolutely brilliant. They are very versatile and can be efficiently used according to the needs and requirements of the user. Adjustable bolts allow you to adjust the size of the poles from anything between 24 inches to 53 inches depending on the height so that your body can be in perfect form. This goes a long way in reducing the pressure applied on various parts of the body while hiking. There is a rubber cover on the metal tips of each of the poles and you will also have access to a bunch of various accessories that are uncommon with other brands of trekking poles.

Mud baskets are provided with these poles which are greatly helpful while trekking through muddy or snowy conditions. Overall, all the features of the poles are pretty reliable and neat and you will have pretty much everything that you could expect from a trekking pole. 

FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS: 

  • Adjustable bolts allow you to adjust the height of the poles from 24 inches to 53 inches in order to achieve the perfect lenght depending on your height.
  • Nylon straps ensure that the poles never slip out of your hands thus ensuring you a safe journey. At last, the worries of dropping your trekking poles have been eliminated.
  • Ultra-light trekking poles having a total of 7.6ounces per pole. Since you already have enough to carry on your back, a trekking pole that is too heavy becomes burdensome rather than to help you climb that steep.
  • Crafted out of 100% carbon fiber, which is a natural anti-shock material. These poles are not a mixture between aluminum and carbon fiber.
  • A one year limited warranty is very generous for a trekking pole.

CUSTOMER REVIEWS AND SCORES:

Rare will you get a product that rates 5-star out of 5 a few weeks after launch. This is a 100% approval rate. At the time of writing this review, all the customers to have reviewed the product gave it a five star rating.

The aesthetic appearance of the poles together with the generous one-year warranty is the most attractive features to most customers. Other reasons that attracted customers and made them to love it include the fact that the product has been built using great quality carbon fiber thus not only making it durable but very lightweight.

The construction is excellent, design is of high quality and ergonomics have been factored in thus offering the customers not only a smooth handle but also perfect grips.

Montem Outdoor Gear has always impressed its customers with its fine quality products that perform just as they are advertised. These poles are no different. Although, these poles are designed to withstand moderate trekking in light-moderately challenging conditions, there have been many reviews where they have performed equally well in tough conditions. These poles have one of the highest weight thresholds and are a quite versatile pair of poles that can perform well in a variety of conditions and trails.

So far, there is nothing negative that has been said by any of the customers who have bought these trekking poles thus making it very easy to recommend the product.

CONCLUSION:

​If you’re on a fixed budget, these should be your best choice. I cannot fault the magnificent design of these trekking poles. The cork handles and carbon fiber make them compete with the $100+ trekking poles and the twist locks are very strong.

If a top end trekking pole that comes with all sorts of features but at a modest price is what you are looking for, then this is the pole you should get. Montem Ultralight Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles match the performance of poles that are priced at double the price. They provide one of the best value for money deals that you can get. Regardless of whether you are a professional outdoor enthusiast or just a casual traveler, these trekking poles by Montem will serve your needs perfectly. It is next to impossible to find a better deal at this price and is thus highly recommended. Go ahead and try it out; you won't be disappointed.

Outlander 20L/33LPackable Lightweight Daypack Review

Hiking Backpacks are an indispensable part of any hiking expedition that you undertake. These convenient backpacks allow you to neatly organize all your equipment and necessities into one little sack that you can easily carry on your back.

Now there are several types of hiking backpacks that serve different purposes. We have full sized expedition packs that are designed for treks or expeditions that last for multiple days. Then there are hiking daypacks that are much smaller and are made for smaller treks that last a day or less. This durable backpack by Outlander is a hiking daypack that is meant for short adventure trips.

So in case you’re planning a weekend trek through the serene woods or ahike across the rolling hills, you’re going to need a good quality hiking daypack. The Outlander 20L/33L Hiking Daypack is one of the best options for you to choose from as it offers great value for the money you invest. Packed with all sorts of convenient features and crafted from a strong high quality material, this backpack is sure to take care of all your storage needs.

Outlander is one of the leading manufacturers of travel accessories especially hiking gear. They have made a name for themselves in the field and hence is a brand that we can trust. This daypack by Outlander is a versatile, ultra-light and reliable backpack that comes at a throwaway price. It has a sleek and stylish look and is for all those minimalists who strive to keep things light and comfortable. This go-anywhere backpack is suitable for everyday use such as school, college and for short day-trips.

The Outlander 20/33L has been listed on several websites as the best travel daypack. It is extremely durable thanks to high quality rip and water resistant ripstop nylon fabric. Ripstop nylon has recently gained popularity due to its puncture resistance and waterproofing properties that make it highly suitable as a material for making hiking backpacks. This fabric provides immense strength and long lasting performance to these backpacks and they are sure to last you a very long time if taken well care of.

This backpack also features a durable 2-way abrasion resistant SBS metal zippers on both sides and across the backpack. These SBS zippers are corrosion resistant and do not rust easily even when subjected to wet environments. Moreover, this backpack has bar tacking at numerous stress points which help to even out the stress equally throughout the pack and increase it longevity.

The lightweight nature of the Outlander 20/33L backpack is another great feature that is especially preferred by lightweight backpackers. The 20L version weighs only 0.46 pounds while the 33L weighs only 0.5 pounds. Lightweight backpacks are great for day hikes as they allow you to store more stuff without having to worry about things getting too heavy. For us lightweight backpackers, every gram counts.

As far as the capacity of these packs are concerned, there are two options for you to pick. There is a 20L version which is more suitable for day to day activities and general short distance travel. It is great for school, college and for pretty much any regular outdoor activity that requires you to carry stuff around. The 33L version is better suited for hikes and small adventures because it allows you to store a significantly higher amount of items in your backpack. Both these versions have identical features and so the one you choose should depend on how much stuff you plan to carry around.

One of the best features of this Outlander backpack is the fold ability. You can easily fold this backpack into the zippered inner pockets then pack it into your suitcase and use it later as an additional storage. It will also help you avoid extra baggage charges at airports.

This backpack by Outlander scores a high when it comes to style. It features a classic shape and has multiple pockets for storage and organization. Apart from the roomy main compartment which you can use to store the bulkier items, there are two additional front zipper pockets and one internal zipper security pocket. The internal security pockets can be used to store valuables and other fragile stuff. It also has two side pockets for holding water bottles and even come with carabiner clips for you to attach things to the pack.

So if you are looking to buy a backpack for short distance hiking, this Outlander Lightweight backpack is definitely worth your consideration. It is ultra-light, ultra-durable and ultra-comfortable – pretty much everything you can expect out of a backpack. Moreover, Outlander provides lifetime warranty on this backpack which speaks volumes about the quality of the product. Overall, a great backpack for anyone who likes to keep things simple and light.

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Montem Diadema 18L Daypack Review

Hiking as an outdoor activity has gained immense popularity over the last decade. People all over the world are planning adventurous trips to far off places to experience the thrills of nature. If you are one of those people then you’ve come to the right place.

Hiking requires quite a lot of equipment that you must carry around to ensure your safety while you are on the trail. These include trekking poles, sleeping bags, tents and a ton of other tools and necessities that are required for your well-being. Carrying all of these around can be a huge hassle and ordinary backpacks are nowhere near enough to fit all of the stuff you’ll be needing during a trek.

This is where the need for a special hiking daypack such as the Montem Diadema 18L Daypack arises. Hiking daypacks are specially designed to pack in all necessary equipment into one and keep them in an organized manner. These hiking backpacks are also made of special materials that provide additional durability to make sure they survive the wild.

Montem is a well-known brand that has made a mark in the field of trekking gear over the past few years. It has established itself as a trusted manufacturer of hiking gear and they have lived up to people’s expectations consistently.

The Diadema 18L Daypack by Montem is yet another quality product by the company. If you’re new to the world of hiking and are looking for a compact and lightweight hiking backpack for short distance treks, then this is the perfect choice.

The Diadema 18L Daypack is made of 100% ripstop nylon which is one of the best suited materials for hiking backpacks. As the name suggests “ripstop” nylon can take a beating and still not tear. It is a puncture resistant material that is extremely durable and long lasting. If these backpacks are properly maintained, they will last you a lifetime. A high quality durable material is something that should be must for any outdoor daypack because ordinary materials are quite fragile and are sure to tear. Additionally, ripstop nylon also has waterproofing properties that make it highly suitable for outdoor activities.

Moving on to the weight of this daypack by Montem, it’s fair to say that this backpack is one of the lightest in the market. Weighing at only 4oz, you will be able to take this to every adventure, journey or even use it for general everyday travel. Personally, the weight of the backpack does not matter much to me since I do not carry around too much equipment for short day hikes. But if you’re going to need a lot of equipment then you should definitely look for a lightweight backpack.

This backpack by Montem is an 18L daypack which is enough space for you to store everything that you can possibly need on a short day trip. Remember, this backpack is not meant for long distance treks that take more than a day. The 18L volume of this backpack will let you store all your basic gear and other stuff such as rain jackets, first aid kits, headlamp, camera, food and water etc. You can even use this for your daily travels as they aren’t too bulky and can store a lot of stuff.

The Diadema 18L daypack features an internal hydration sleeve which is a must for summer hikes and warm climates. You can use any 1.5L – 3L hydration pack with this backpack. The hydration sleeve more than makes up for the absence of an external water bottle hostler.

As far as the durability of the Montem Diadema 18L daypack is concerned, it is one of the sturdiest backpacks that you will find in the market at this price range. I’ve tested the Diadema 18L out on a few camping trips where it has been subjected to some pretty rough conditions and it came out without a scratch. But having said that, it is quite hard to ascertain the durability of any backpack during short term use.

The only foolproof way of knowing how sturdy a backpack is, is to use it for years and years until It eventually breaks down. However, it is assured that the ripstop nylon used to make this backpack will ensure it lasts for a long time.

Overall, this hiking daypack by Montem is one of the most value for money backpacks available out in the market. This is especially great if you’re looking to use this on short camping or hiking treks. The lightweight combined with lots space and durability is great for day-to-day outdoor use.

The price of the Diadema 18L is quite modest as compared to backpacks by other brands that have similar specifications. So if you’re looking to buy yourself a quality hiking daypack, you should definitely consider this one.

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Venture Pal Lightweight Packable Daypack Review

Hiking is one of those outdoor activities that require you to carry around quite a lot of equipment and other kinds of necessities that you may require during your treks. These include food supplies, water, first aid kits, tents, trekking poles and other such stuff. A regular backpack is never enough to hold all the stuff that you need during treks and hence the need for hiking backpacks arise.

Hiking backpacks are designed keeping in mind the requirements of hikers. They are specially designed to withstand the forces of nature and have several compartments that are extremely convenient during treks.

Venture Pal is a fairly new entrant to the world of hiking gear and is steadily making its way up with its wide range of high quality trekking equipment. Venture Pal was established in 2015 and has since came out with promising products that have become well known for their durability and top notch performance.

This Lightweight Packable and Durable hiking backpack by Venture Pal is yet another exceptional product by the company. This backpack is especially great if you’re on a budget and are looking to get yourself a quality hiking daypack that has a lot of space.

This foldable hiking daypack by Venture Pal has a very stylish look and is also great for day-to-day travel as well as for outdoor treks. This backpack is the perfect companion for you irrespective of whether you’re a professional hiker or a casual player in the world of hiking.

The Venture Pal Daypack is a true space saver as it can easily be folded into its own pocket for storage. This will not only save a lot of space but also ensure you do not have to pay extra baggage fees. The backpack folds into the zipped inner pockets and can be packed down to roughly the size of a small handbag. You can later unfold the pockets and turn it into a fully functional backpack once again in a matter of seconds. The dimensions of the folded backpack is only 9 x 8.5 x 2.2 inches while the unfolded backpack is 20 x 13 x 7.5 inches.

This backpack by Venture Pal scores highly when it comes to durability. Made of high quality tear and water resistant material, this backpack provides additional strength and long lasting performance. The special material used to manufacture this backpack is extremely durable and lightweight at the same time.  The double layered bottom piece provides an additional boost of strength to this backpack and makes is easier to carry additional load while on your journeys. This backpack also features heavy duty SBS two way metal zippers on both the sides making in convenient for operation on whichever side you prefer. There are bar tacks at some of the major stress points across the backpack that further enhance the longevity of the product.

This backpack also performs brilliantly when it comes to comfort. The breathable mesh shoulder straps have ample sponge padding that helps to relieve stress from your shoulders. Good padding is always required for hiking backpacks as they go a long way in reducing the chances of shoulder injury while on the trail. The length of the shoulder strap of this backpack is also adjustable. The Venture Pal backpack also has a chest strap with a whistle buckle that helps you lock the backpack securely in place.

This Venture Pal Backpack is extremely lightweight at only 0.7 Pounds thus making it ideal for long outdoor treks. The weight of you backpack becomes extremely crucial when you are packing in a ton of stuff. Bulky backpacks that are too heavy can be disastrous during long treks especially if they do not have sufficient padding.

You also have a lot of storage space in this backpack that is more than enough to store everything you could need on a trek. The total volume of this backpack is 35L which is significantly more than what you get in other backpacks in the same price range. It has one main zipped compartment which you can use to store a majority of your stud, especially the bulky ones.

There are also two additional front zipped pockets and two side pockets that you can use for storing the smaller stuff. The main compartment has two separators which will help you a lot to organize things further. The backpack also comes with two water bottle hostlers.

Reviews of this hiking daypack has been predominantly positive on Amazon with most customers praising the comfort and durability of the backpack. This backpack comes packed with tons of useful features at a very economical price. The company also offers lifetime warranty on this backpack which gives added value.

The Venture Pal Lightweight Daypack is highly recommended for all outdoor enthusiasts and is definitely one of our top picks when it comes to lightweight hiking daypacks.

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ZOMAKE Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack Review

Short excursions and daytrips for hiking, school events, bicycling and all other outdoor activities are made more enjoyable with the use of a backpack. They allow you to carry around all the necessary equipment and other items in a very convenient and organized manner. Hiking Daypacks can be a life saver during treks through the wilderness as they allow you to keep your hands free and allow you to participate in other activities.

The ZOMAKE Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack is an essential for storing, organizing and carrying all your belongings in a convenient way while looking fashionable at the same time. Packing in a ton of convenient features, this backpack by ZOMAKE is one of the best backpacks that you can find in the market. Coming at a price that seems too good to be true considering the features and superior quality it provides, this is a great choice to consider if you’re looking to buy a new backpack. Whether you wish to use it as a hiking daypack or for general everyday use, this backpack is sure to serve you however you want it to.

ZOMAKE is a brand that is not very new in the market for travel gear and accessories. They have made a mark in this field and continues to deliver high quality travel accessories, especially luggage carriers. People all over the world have bought products from this brand and their reviews have been almost entirely positive. ZOMAKE is a brand that you can place your trust on when it comes to travel and hiking gear.

The ZOMAKE Ultra-Light Backpack is your perfect companion for a Disney trip! This backpack has been specially designed for everyday use or for short travel adventures. This pack works well as a day-trip pack, a carry-on pack or as a small backpack for school, college and other everyday affairs. This go-anywhere backpack by ZOMAKE has a very stylish and sleek look which I personally think is very minimalistic but attractive, definitely one of the best looking backpacks I’ve seen.

The backpack boast of a wide range of convenient features that makes it suitable for hiking apart from the usual day to day use. It is made of high quality water repellent and tear resistant nylon which is the usual choice for manufacturing hiking backpacks. There is a waterproof coating around the backpack which means you to take this out on rainy days without having to worry about your belongings getting wet. While on the trail, you may face certain situations where you are bound to get wet and the last thing you’d want is for your sleeping bag or electronics getting drenched in water. This backpack will fix that problem thanks to the brilliant waterproofing.

The nylon used to make the backpack is also extremely durable thanks to its puncture resistant properties. The backpack also has SBS Zippers which are corrosion resistant. Bar tacks are also present at the major stress points which ensure the backpack does not wear out easily. The backpack also features durable 2-way abrasion resistant zippers.

The best thing about this backpack is the fact that it is a multi-purpose go-anywhere backpack that you can use for a wide variety of activities and events. It has a total capacity of 20L which is sufficient space for storing everyday items and even for short day trips. The main pocket is huge and lets you organize your things the way you want. It addition to the roomy main pocket, there is an extra front zipper pocket for storing smaller items. An internal zipped pocket inside the main compartment and two open mesh side pockets are also provided to allow quick access to cameras or maps whenever you need them.

There are breathable mesh shoulder straps and bottle holders on both the sides of this backpack. The shoulder straps are also adjustable as per your needs. This backpack by ZOMAKE is incredibly light as it weight just under 9oz. This ultra-light backpack adds no unnecessary weight to your load and is also foldable into the size of a sandwich. The backpack can be folded down and fit into an ultra-compact pouch for saving additional space. Pack thins into your suitcase and use it at your destination as an extra bag for the trip. You can also avoid extra baggage charges at the airport by folding it down.

Overall, this is a wonderful all-purpose backpack that anyone can use for their day-to-day or travel needs. Not only do these backpacks have incredible durability and functionality, they look very aesthetic as well. Cleaning the backpack is also very easy and hassle free and can be done with any normal detergent. So if you’re looking forward to getting yourself a new backpack, the ZOMAKE Ultra-Light Packable Backpack is definitely worth checking out.

Kelty Bestie Blanket Review

There’s something alluring about the build, design, and style of outdoor gear. Companies like Kelty have been making solid outdoor gear for decades and we’ve all fallen in love with it. Trying to pick out the perfect blanket companion for those evenings around a fire or sharing a beer with friends isn’t always easy, though.

While the “outdoor blanket” space is by no means crowded, there are several choices available to enthusiasts. You’ll also have to decide where and how you want to use this blanket. In the end, it’s a warm wrap for you but it’s not an ultralight backpacking quilt.

Let’s find out exactly what the Kelty Bestie Blanket can do and where its limits are. We’re going to compare and contrast this blanket. By the end of this review, you’ll know exactly whether to buy it or leave it.

What is the Kelty Bestie Blanket?

It’s pretty simple – the Bestie blanket is an outdoor-inspired lounging blanket similar to the Montem Sneaky Snuggler Blanket. Kelty has rolled in tastes of outdoor gear with this blanket so it’s reminiscent of your outdoor jacket. In the end, however, the insulation and fabrics aren’t particularly advanced. It’s really just an embellished couch blanket.

Is it bad because of that? No, absolutely not. Think about all the blankets and bedsheets we all buy just because of how they look. Seriously, decorating the house with stuff that has an aesthetic you like is important.

That said, let’s talk about what the Kelty Bestie Blanket is not.

What the Kelty Bestie Blanket is Not

It’s tempting to see the Bestie blanket as a piece of outdoor gear. It looks like an outdoor gear and it’s sold by an outdoor maker. But it’s just not outdoor gear.

If you’re hoping to use this for a backpacking blanket it’s just not going to work for you. At a pound and a half with sewn through seams, the insulation to weight value is just terrible for trail use.

Now, if you plan to do some car camping this blanket can make a steadfast companion. It’s not a piece of technical gear, though. There’s no way it’s going to compete with a good backpacking quilt or mummy bag.

Kelty Bestie Weight

We’re not going to ding this blanket too much for the overall weight. It comes in at 1 pound 8 ounces with is exactly a pound and half.

There’s no warmth rating on the blanket because it’s not intended to keep you out overnight. It’s just a blanket. So we can’t really say whether it’s a good weight for its warmth. However, compared to advanced quilts and bags there’s no competition.

Because this blanket is most at home well, in the home, there’s no need to worry about or analyze the weight too much. After all, do you take a scale with you to weigh your next set of bed sheets? I don’t think so.

Kelty Bestie Insulation

Inside the Kelty Bestie is 9.5 ounces of Cloudloft insulation. This is a synthetic based insulation popular in many of Kelty’s gear pieces.

Of the total 24 ounces, 9.5 are taken up be insulation. The rest of the weight comes from the shell material and piping around the edges as well as stitching. That makes a total 40% of the blanket weight being insulation.

Kelty Bestie Shell Material

I honestly would have liked to see Kelty reduce the weight of the blanket shell using some thinner denier nylon or polyester. That saved weight could easily be translated into improved insulation which would make the blanket overall comfier.

As it is the shell material is relatively heavy which has its merits. Unlike lightweight materials, these heavier 75+ denier shells can stand up to more abuse. There’s a tradeoff in taking a heavier weight but since we won’t likely be carrying this blanket on our backs, the heavier material might honestly be a boon for most users.

 

On my review of the Rumpl Puffy Blanket, I docked that blanket for having such thin shell materials. These can be a bit fragile for daily use around the house. If you have cats or dogs, the heavier 75+ denier shells of the Kelty Bestie will stand up to abuse much better.

Kelty Bestie Blanket Size

Overall this blanket measures 6.25 feet long by 3.5 feet wide. For most that is just enough to cover comfortably. If you’re taller – around 6’ – then you may struggle to totally cover yourself with blanket goodness.

Unlike the Rumpl Puffy Blanket or the Montem Sneaky Snuggler, the Kelty Bestie is only available in one size. If you need a larger blanket for yourself or a partner you may want to consider going with the Montem Sneaky Snuggler.

Honest, y I wish they would have made the blanket a bit bigger overall. The size is just shy of being easily able to wrap around yourself. For a couch throw, it’s not bad. But if you want to wrap it around your shoulders and legs while you sit on the porch and sit coffee, it might come up short on most people.

Conclusion

When it comes down to it, blankets like the Kelty Bestie Blanket will never replace advanced outdoor tech like quilts and bags. That’s okay though because they’re really not meant to take that place. These blankets are a perfect indoor aesthetic for the outdoor lover.

For occasional evening bonfire or reading a book on the porch, the Bestie Blanket makes a solid companion choice. There’s no need to worry about how lightweight it is, or if it packs down small enough. Just enjoy the look and feel of an outdoor-inspired blanket that evokes memories of hikes long ago.