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Baselayers: Natural or Synthetic?

Baselayers break down into two major categories; those made with natural fibers like silk or wool and those made with synthetic fibers like Polypropylene. Many people have preferences on what they wear, however, few people know that there’s actually a reason for wearing either a natural garment or a synthetic garment. Natural fibers, like wool, […] Read more…

Tent Cleaning 101

Mitchell, Campgear.com author and photographer extraordinaire breaks down proper tent cleaning technique for the up coming camping season.  As part of spring gear cleaning, it’s time to bust out the tent.  If you’re anything like me and have a 3-season tent—the missing 4th season is coming to and end!  Also, if your 3-season tent is anything like mine—your […] Read more…

Waterproofing Your Boots

Spring is in the air!  It’s time to dust off and tune up all of the camping gear you’ve neglected all winter.  I know skis have been get all the attention, so let’s indulge the summer gear… Welcome to the first and only edition of “Cleaning and Waterproofing Your Boots by Mitch Warnick”, or in […] Read more…

How to Travel with a Pack

Flying a backpack full with gear is probably the single scariest thing that I do when I’m travelling. I don’t worry about the steep cliffs, the scary bears or those creepy spiders. For me, my biggest fear is arriving at my destination and finding that my backpack is somehow stolen, damaged or missing. Airports are […] Read more…

How To: Boot Cleaning / Care

There’s absolutely no doubt that your boots take the forefront of the beating when you’re out on the trail. If you have any doubt about that just take a look at the blisters on your feet and imagine what they’d look like if you were barefoot. With spring around the corner it’s time to start […] Read more…

Camping with Snow Stakes

Camping in the snow offers a number of benefits, but also a number of challenges. Once of the largest challenges to camping in the winter is dealing with how to secure your shelter. When the ground is frozen and covered in snow, it can be hard to access and in secure with your standard tent […] Read more…

Cleaning and Care: Backpacks

After a long hiking or backpacking trip your pack might require a bit of care. Mud, dirt, rain and snow all affect the fabric and performance of technical backpacking packs, and managing the damage done from years of use is important to maintaining the integrity and strength of your backpack. Backpacks: Cleaning Cleaning your backpack […] Read more…

How To: The Jetboil Cooking System

The other day we took the time to make a quick review and how-to for the Jetboil Cooking Systems. These are fantastic for all type of camping, be it car camping, hiking, paddling, climbing, etc. They come in a number of different styles but all feature quick setup, fast boil times and effective cooking. Founded […] Read more…

How to Care for Your Sleeping Bag

Proper storage, cleaning and care of your sleeping bag can increase its shelf life exponentially. With proper care, a good synthetic sleeping bag should last you at least 7-10 years, and a down sleeping bag should last even longer. Here’s a quick break down on how to properly take care of your sleeping bags! Storage […] Read more…