Author Archive for Ryan Malavolta

Vasque St. Elias GTX Hiking Boot review

The St. Elias boots handled both backpacking and off trail scrambling/mountaineering with ease. (photo: Ryan Malavolta)

It’s not exactly breaking news that Vasque makes killer outdoor footwear. The real news came at the 2013 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, where I was informed that one of their more popular hiking boots, the Wasatch, was to be discontinued.…

Hi-Tec Coyote WP Shoe review

The Coyote WP shoes from Hi-Tec (photo: Hi-Tec)

All too often, adventurous feet are beat up feet. The outdoors has a way of being pretty mean to your tootsies. Damned by nature to be bipeds, we humans are forced to seek shelter in the form of sturdy footwear.…

Sierra Designs Flash 2 Tent review

The Flash 2 at home in the Uinta Mountains (photo: Ryan Malavolta)

No matter where you are headed on your next backpacking trip, you’ll need some shelter. If you’re like me, then a trusty tent is the way to go. Considerations include weight, interior space, ease of setup and durability. Sierra Designs…