Gear Reviews

Voke energy tablet review

Voke Energy Tablets come is a small tin, which is perfect for an on-the-go, outdoor caffeine fix. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Problem: you’re high on a cliff or in the mountains, and you’ve bonked. A fresh cup of coffee is miles away, and you have nothing in your pack to give you a quick caffeine fix. Solution: Voke. Voke is a…

Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Tent review

Gear review of the Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Tent, seen here along the banks of the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Desert camping has been challenging for me. While I love to set out on multi-night adventures in red-rock country, I’ve always had issues with my tent. The desert is sandy and windy. Most tent have lots of mesh. Sand and…

Watson’s Merino Wool Baselayer review

The author sports the Watson's Merino wool long sleeve top during a chilly trip to the San Rafael Swell (Photo: Ryan Malavolta/Utahoutside.com)

I’ve always thought someone should create a base layer that wicks moisture, retains heat, doesn’t stink and feels great against your skin. Turns out, nature already created it, and the base layer is Merino wool. Jared Hargrave has long extolled…

Kelty Discovery 4 Tent review

The Kelty Discover 4 tent sets up easily, has plenty of space, and won't break the bank (photo: Todd Dinsmore)

No one wants to go camping. That was my life before making the move to Utah. For starters, camping was not as readily available back east. Also, the gear which my friends and family owned was a step above pathetic.…