Wilderness Equipment ("WE") is a well established Australian gear manufacturer. Its most famous tents are the First Arrow and Second Arrow models, which are noted for being robust, long lived and well designed.
Macpac is famous in the Antipodes for making robust, reliable hiking equipment. The Cascade is Macpac's top of the line long distance walking pack. It is made of Macpac's Aztec advanced canvas fabric, which is so ... more
Ah, the Macpac Olympus the Holy Grail of New Zealand tents. The heritage of the Olympus goes back three decades, it has been used all over the world and has an enviable reputation for robustness and durability. It ... more
Tasmania, Patagonia, and New Zealand, not bad proving grounds to test a three plus season tent. I have used my Macpac Minaret in all of the aboive without any problems. Three day longsqualls on exposed mountains in ... more
For those unfamiliar with the brand, Macpac is NewZealand's premier tramping / bushwalking manufacturer. Macpac products are renowned for robust(if heavy) construction, water proofness and arepractically ... more
The average sleeping pad, of any respectable thickness, weighs approximately 500 g or more. After an exhausting New Zealand trip with a too heavy pack I began to look at lighter alternatives to my Thermarest. The Zor ... more
The Hiker Pro is a relatively compact machine. It comes equipped with all the necessary tubing, cleaner, float, lubricant, and instruction booklet. Assembly is easy, the tubing is inserted in the inlet and the outlet ... more
I like thermarest products but couldn't use this item.its too difficult to use. It's not a complete bag. There is an oval hole in the base. The idea is to half slide a mat through in to the footwell. Then sit on the ... more
About the only thing I dread when backpacking is filtering water (and carrying the darn filter!). I jumped at the Steripen as soon as I heard about it and have not been disappointed, but there are a couple caveats. ... more
I use this tarp mainly as a poncho, but it's nice to know that I have a backup shelter option, just in case my tent ever fails me. Luckily I've never neededto use it as a tarp as my tent has always performed well, ... more
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