Yes. Gear reviews for the Southern California day hiker. If I like a product, there’s a good chance you will eventually find it listed here. Take the above photo, for example. Just by coincidence, I happened to be using three of the hiking gear items reviewed below. Not for the sake of the reviews. But because they were appropriate gear for the hike.
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The Columbia Men’s Fleece Jacket isn’t the best thing you can buy, but it gets the job done for many of the hikes you will encounter here in Southern California. I give you the pros and cons in the review. Plus a cool photo of me wearing the jacket on snow hike.
I may have gone overboard in my praises of this product, but I’ve used this product for several years and really like it. You can find out all about it, of course, on the review. I give you the rundown on both the ExOfficio Boxer Briefs and their Boxer Shorts. Plus a picture happy listing of the types of places I’ve taken these bad boys.
The Kimlee One Strap Backpack is a sling type of backpack. Sling packs can be more convenient than a regular backpack because they’re usually smaller and are easy to get on and off. I gave the large sling a try on various hikes and tell you all about it in the gear review.
Like many hikers, my first hydration device was a Cammelbak. I still have one, of course. But now I prefer thePlatypus Hydration Big Zip LP Reservoir. Mainly because with the Platypus, you don’t get that funky rubber or plastic taste you sometimes get with the Cammelbak. Plus it’s more convenient. Read the review for more.
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Hiking Guide Book Reviews
Hiking guides don’t typically get classified as hiking gear. But since hiking guides provide valuable information about hiking, I have no problem calling featuring it here on the gear reviews page.
This excellent Inland Empire area hiking guide by David Money Harris covers all the major mountain peaks you would expect, shorter beginner hikes within city limits, and just about everything in between. This guide is well written and thorough while still being concise. Check the review for the full list of hikes covered.
This is another stellar Southern California hiking guide. This time featuring hikes in the San Gabriel Mountains. It’s been the classic go-to guide for years and is currently in the 9th edition. I tell you all about it and include the table of contents.