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2017 Car Camping Essentials Guide

posted by gumptiongear September 6, 2017 0 comments

Here at the Gumption Gear HQ we frequently write about the latest outdoor and adventure lifestyle products. But we’re not just gear-heads, we are a collection of families and parents striving to share the broader outdoor experience with our young families. So when it comes to car camping, our gear list is constantly evolving as we adapt to the ever changing needs of our own growing nuclear units.

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Review: L.L. Bean Microlight UL 2-Person Backpacking Tent

posted by gumptiongear August 25, 2017 0 comments

The L.L. Bean Microlight UL 2-Person Tent’s ultra-lightweight materials and construction make it your new go-to option when you want to make a lot out of a little. Coming in at a minimum weight of 2.11 pounds and packing down to a mere 7 x 16½ inches, the Microlight UL 2 is ridiculously lightweight and easy to carry, making it ideal for fast-moving backpackers and discerning adventurers alike.

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Outdoor Adaptability: Cotopaxi Inti 2

posted by gumptiongear May 23, 2017 0 comments

‘The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.’ – Kakuzo Okakura

Real life is not static. Its only rule is change, and nowhere is that truth more evident than in the midst of a life spent outdoors. The successful navigation of these moments of change is dependent upon our ability to adapt and adjust. And that’s the reason we admire the Inti 2 from Cotopaxi.

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Review: MSR FlyLite Minimalist Backpacking Tent

posted by gumptiongear October 5, 2016 0 comments

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Lightweight, spacious, and versatile, the MSR FlyLite 2-Person Minimalist Backpacking Tent features a unique design coupled with MSR weight-saving technologies to offer ounce-counters, speed trekkers, and back country explorers a lightweight full-protection shelter.

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Gear Guide: Our Favorite Insulated Vests

posted by gumptiongear April 28, 2016 0 comments

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Ah, the venerable vest, equal parts indispensable accessory and outdoor wardrobe lynchpin since lumberjacks roamed the earth. Cold mornings in camp, lunch breaks on the ridgeline and après beers in the trailhead parking lot—the insulated vest is a versatile tool for any cool-weather wardrobe. Designed with your spirit of wanderlust in mind, a quality vest ensures your body heat is secure at the core while giving you the freedom to move without freezing up.

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Review: Mountain Hardwear Sawhorse Convertible Pant

posted by gumptiongear November 5, 2015 0 comments

IMG_9825Few things make us cringe more than the site of denim in the mountains. Blue jeans might be as American as apple pie, but they are utterly impractical in every way for hiking, trekking and camping. Thanks to the smart kids at Mountain Hardwear there’s a superior option that will let you take to the trail with a technical advantage.

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Comfort Redefined: Osprey’s Anti-Gravity Suspension System

posted by gumptiongear September 29, 2015 0 comments

Twenty years ago my first “technical backpack” was a beast. A massive, lunky external frame pack, it swaggered and swayed like a ship at sea, constantly striving to move opposite my every direction. Thankfully, times have changed. The new Anti-Gravity suspension system from Osprey makes antiquated backpacking experiences a definitive thing of the past. From this point forward the Atmos AG and Aura AG ensure that you’ll be crushing the miles in serious comfort.

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Review: MSR WindBurner Stove System

posted by gumptiongear August 13, 2015 0 comments

MSR WindBurner Stove System

Once you venture from the safe sanctuary of home and into the great beyond to seek your own private patch of earth, two things are a certainty: 1) You’ll work up a quality appetite;  2) You’re going to encounter some serious wind gusts. But fear not fellow adventurists, the WindBurner Stove System from MSR is the easy answer to both of those backcountry qualms.

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Therm-a-Rest Antares HD 3 Season Sleeping Bag

posted by gumptiongear August 3, 2015 0 comments

Therm-a-Rest Antares HD 3 Season Sleeping BagThere’s no shortage of companies that manufacture quality sleeping bags designed for your outdoor adventures. But only Therm-a-Rest has spent the last 40+ years pursuing the singular passion of providing a better night sleep in the great outdoors.  The result? While you may not be sure what to expect from Mother Nature this weekend, you can expect a good night’s sleep with the Antares HD Sleeping Bag. Continue Reading

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The Art of Precision Packing

posted by gumptiongear June 29, 2015 0 comments

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For all the excitement and mystery of travel, packing for a trip can be a tedious task. Your safe sanctuary of storage can quickly become a romper room of chaos and mayhem. Add a few kids or friends into the mix, and your packing problems just seem to multiply. But fear not, just in time for summer adventure, the experts at REI are here to help with the skill of precision packing.

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