Hiking Lady's Essential Gear Reviews

In my Hiking Lady Essential Gear Reviews I put to the test various backpacks, water bottles, trekking poles, tents and more! I know how to beat up gear, and as I go on hiking adventures I test gear! When stuff is great, I let you know, and when it is bad, I also let you know!

A Mini Lantern and Device Charger!

Charging the RAVPower Element

RAVPower has another really neat gadget for hiking or your emergency kit – the RAVPower Element! Recently we checked out the RAVPower Luster, and we were so impressed that we decided to check out another RAVPower product. The Element is a palm size lantern and battery charger, with a very strong battery. Collapsed, it works …

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Tiny and Powerful? RAVPower Luster Battery Backup Review

RAVPower Review

How often do you worry about your cellphone battery dying when you’re out hiking? I always keep my smartphone with me when I’m hiking and backpacking in case of an emergency and as a backup camera. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a backup cellphone charger, that is small, and functions as a flashlight? We’ve …

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Dorcy LED Headlight

Dorcy LED headlight

Headlamps are a must have for hiking, camping, and everyday use. Just last week my electricity went out at home, and luckily I have several great headlamps to choose from. I also have a lantern and various LED flashlights. Recently I’ve been testing a slightly lower cost headlamp, the Dorcy LED Headlight. The Dorcy LED …

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Keeping Organized on the Trail

Innate Trail Sac

The Canadian company Innate Gear makes a nifty product called the Trail Sac, which is a waterproof pouch that I use to keep my essentials organized (and protected from water damage!). This is important for electronics, such as your camera, GPS, or cellphone. To keep things simple, sometimes I just keep the Trail Sac loaded …

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Out of Power? Turn to the Sun!

iPhone 4 in the Solar iCharge Case

Just a couple of years ago I took along multiple electronic devices on the trail: my cellphone for emergencies, a point and shoot camera, and a GPS. I used a Powermonkey eXplorer to capture solar power to charge all these devices. As technology has improved, things have become a lot easier! Now, if I’m going …

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Dorcy LED Twin Globe Lantern

Dorcy Lantern

Lanterns make a great light source for camping and other nighttime outdoor adventures! I’ve been testing the Dorcy LED Twin Globe Lantern, a waterproof and submersible lantern. It provides great light, is relatively light weight, and it floats! The designers at DorcyDirect have an innovative product with this 160 lumen twin globe LED lantern! Product …

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Lite N Fast – A Sleeping Pad that Lives Up to Its Name!

Thermarest Trail Pro (left) and High Peak Lite N Fast (right)

The new High Peak Lite N Fast sleeping pad truly lives up to its name! While I am not an ultralight backpacker, every avid backpacker is always looking to shave a few pounds and ounces from their pack weight. I love being comfortable and will carry a few extra pounds when it means a more …

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Which is Tougher on the Trail? Godzilla or SOGzilla?

SOGzilla - one tough knife!

A few months ago, we reviewed the SOG Aegis, a lightweight folding knife that comes in very handy on hikes, backpacking trips, and around the house. Now we’ve had a chance to play with two other models designed by SOG – the SOGzilla and the SOG AutoClip. Does the SOGzilla live up to its tough …

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Beautifully Designed Walking Sticks

Brazos Walking Sticks

Hiking Lady readers know why I’m such a big proponent of using trekking poles…they reduce stress on our precious knee joints and provide a lot more stability when hiking. See Hiking 101: Trekking Poles. Typically I have used ultralight carbon fiber or aluminum poles, but recently I had the chance to test a pair of …

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Don’t Get Lost!

Bushnell's D-TOUR GPS

Have you been looking for an easy to use GPS for everyday and backcountry use? Bushnell has developed the BackTrack D-TOUR, a very easy to use GPS that is a great option for hikers. I’ve been testing this on hikes in the mountains, jogs around town, and even walks in the neighborhood. Is the D-TOUR …

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