Connect with us

Backpacking Gear Reviews & Guides

Paleo Backpacking Meals Made Easier



Paleo backpacking meals aren’t as impossible to make and carry as you might think. There are many more options available as people choose paleo meals to enjoy along with nature. 

Although, it does still take some thought and preparation to make satisfying meals for the trail. Unless you consider beef jerky and some dried fruit satisfying. Most people don’t. Nevertheless, this where campers begin, when they start thinking of paleo backpacking meals. 

That said, here are some of the traditional snacks campers new to paleo mistake for nutritional backpacking meals:

  • Meat Jerky 
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • Smoked Almonds
  • Pumpkin & Sunflower Seeds
  • Paleo Trail Mix
  • Dried Fruit (no added sugar)
  • Seaweed Snacks 
  • Chips Made from Veggies

It makes sense – carrying beef jerky, veggies, dried fruit, roots, and nuts to enjoy as you hike through nature’s beautiful splendor. Obviously, though, you can only eat so much of this on the trail without becoming bored and resentful. 

All of a sudden, everyone’s easy-to-carry, cheap-to-buy, and wonderfully satisfying and delicious junk food looks awesome. And while natural eating and backpacking seem like they should go together, all of a sudden, they don’t. 

This is confusing. Especially since the paleo diet is about getting back to what the cave people ate. This would make it seem like the ideal food to take backpacking. But even the most devout of the paleo dieters will find this quite the opposite. Paleo foods like this just don’t have enough calories and variety to be satisfying after a long day of hiking. 

Paleo Backpacking Meals May Leave a Little to Be Desired

It’s a fact that backpacking meals in general favor junk food or snacks that masquerade as healthy. This is because the necessary goal of backpacking is to carry as little weight and volume as possible.

While there are some freeze-dried paleo backpacking meals that are also perfect for backpacking, they are expensive. This is because paleo backpacking meals, more than anything, are difficult to prepare and preserve.

Prepackaged paleo backpacking meals, as you will found out, can also be hit-or-miss in the satisfaction department. On the other hand, make-it-yourself paleo backpacking meals are either too time-consuming to make or too bulky to carry. 

Paleo Backpacking Pro Tips: 

  • If you find a company you like that makes paleo backpacking meals, sign up for their email list. Most of these companies are smaller operations and they always have awesome sales. You have to delete their daily emails until you find good deals, but it’s worth it.
  • Since these meals are freeze-dried, you can buy them in advance and store them until you need them for backpacking. They usually have a shelf life of up to two years. Buying these meals on sale makes them an affordable and convenient option to take backpacking. 
  • Combining these meals with paleo snacks will give you much more satisfying paleo nutrition on the trail. 

Now we are getting closer to a complete paleo backpacking meals solution. 

Make no mistake, though, many pre-made paleo meals for backpacking sometimes need a little (or a lot) of help. By adding dehydrated vegetables and spices of your own, you can make these meals much better. You can also stretch the portion of one meal to make it for two or more people. This also makes them more affordable. 

Spices Are a Big Part of Tasty Paleo Backpacking Meals

So don’t be afraid of new spices when it comes to eating paleo while camping. Here are some spices to use to make paleo meals better:

  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Paprika
  • Thyme
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Chili Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg

Making Your Own Paleo Backpacking Meals That Satisfy

At some point, you will want to make your own meals. This is because most of the recipes you see for paleo backpacking meals look really tasty. Then you realize how much time it will take to make them.

Paleo Backpacking Pro Tip: 

  • What’s the real secret to making paleo backpacking meals that are easy, enjoyable to eat, and delicious?  The secret is to cut back on the time required to prepare the ingredients that go into them.

So let’s talk about the ingredients for paleo backpacking meals. These are ingredients that can be easily prepared, stored, and taken on the trail. Then it’s just a matter of finding your favorite recipes and putting them together like any other meal!

Paleo Breads Are the Cheapest and Easiest Place to Start

Paleo breads are light, easy to carry, delicious, and satisfying. Also, paleo breads don’t have to be refrigerated on the trail if they are vacuum-sealed. You can have paleo bread with eggs in the morning, almond butter at lunch, and then stew in the evening. 

Paleo bread is made mainly with almond or coconut flour (your choice) and ground flaxseed. Paleo bread, bought in the store, can cost up to $20. However, you can mix it up yourself in about ten minutes (plus baking time) for very cheap. A bag of almond or coconut flour is only about $4 and makes several loaves. Paleo bread will also save you on the trail when you are ravenously hungry.  

Basic Paleo Bread Recipe:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tbsp. coconut flour
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • ½ cup arrowroot flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. sea salt
  • 3 large eggs, whisked
  • 2 large egg whites whisked
  • 6 tbsp. almond milk
  • ½ tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and ready an 8” x 4” loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Combine both bowls and mix, then put the mixture in the pan. Bake for 60 minutes, or until the loaf is risen and golden brown. Let it cool before you slice it. Eat the loaf within 4 days or freeze. 

Dried Fruit for Snacks and Desserts

Of course, we have to talk about dried fruit, but there is a better way to process it. If you have a camping trip coming up, buy one or two pieces of fruit every time you go to the grocery store. Remember, when you are drying fruit, buy it on sale – because you are going to dry it immediately. 

Fruits That Are Best for Dehydrated or Dried Fruit

  • Mangos
  • Peaches
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Canned Fruit Cocktail

Paleo Backpacking Pro Tip: 

  • Simply slice each piece of fruit very thinly and place it in the microwave. Put the microwave on DEFROST for 30-45 minutes and you will have dehydrated fruit. Really!

    Make sure not to put the fruit on a regular setting or you will have charred fruit. This dehydration method also works really well for fruit that you notice getting overripe in your kitchen. You can save this fruit by quickly slicing it and throwing it in the microwave. Then put it in a vacuum-sealed bag for a later backpacking trip. 

Dehydrating Veggies for Paleo Backpacking Meals

Veggies are the easiest to dehydrate for later use because you can do them in large batches in the oven. Simply slice any raw veggies as thin as you can and then put them on lined cookie sheets at 125 degrees for 6-8 hours. 

Veggies can then be stored indefinitely in vacuum-sealed storage bags in the freezer. They can be used in almost any recipe. 

Veggies That Are Popular to Dehydrate:

  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Corn
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Cauliflower & Broccoli
  • Cucumbers
  • Spinach & Kale
  • Canned Beets
  • Frozen Vegetables   

Dehydrating Meats and Jerky for Paleo Backpacking Meals

Any meats can be dehydrated, but they have to be prepared first. For example, if you want to make beef jerky, the beef has to be thinly sliced. As well, it has to be lean (with zero fat) because the fat doesn’t dry out and goes rancid. 

Paleo Backpacking Pro Tip: 

  • Here is where it is a good idea to make friends with the butcher at the grocery store.

A butcher can slice the meat thin enough to make jerky. As making jerky gets expensive, they can also tell you when the meat gets marked down so it’s affordable.

This will save you quite a bit of money on prepackaged jerky as well as on the preservatives. Homemade jerky can last up to two months if properly packaged; two years if vacuum-sealed and frozen.  

Other Meats to Dehydrate for Backpacking: 

  • Any Cuts of Lean Beef
  • Sliced Deli Ham
  • Precooked and Peeled Shrimp
  • Canned Tuna
  • Imitation Crab
  • Canned Chicken

Paleo Backpacking Pro Tip:

  • Canned chicken and tuna are better to dehydrate because they rehydrate better than their fresh counterparts. Plus, canned meats you dehydrate and vacuum-seal means you will not have to carry clunky, heavy cans while hiking. Remember, food you take backpacking should be light to carry and take up the least room possible. 

The best meat to dehydrate for backpacking though, is lean ground beef, turkey, or chicken. This is because, with these meats, you can make hearty dishes like chili or paleo bread sloppy joes. And yes, as you learn to prepare more ingredients for your paleo backpacking meals, it’s time to get creative!    

To Dehydrate Lean Ground Meat:

  • Cook the meat in a skillet, breaking it into small pieces, until done.
  • When it is cooled off, drain the meat of all fat in a colander.
  • Rinse with hot water, drain on paper towels and season to taste.
  • Use a home dehydrator to dehydrate meat at 145F for 4-6 hours.
  • Store in vacuum-sealed food storage bags, refrigerate or freeze until use. 

Paleo Backpacking Pro Tips: 

  • If you haven’t already, you should definitely buy a food dehydrator. An inexpensive food dehydrator can be purchased for about $35 to $100. Buy a used one if you can find it because buying an inexpensive food dehydrator is a great investment.
    You can use it for all kinds of snacks and meals to enjoy at home, for work, or travel. Eating paleo means work and travel are the same as backpacking because you still have to plan your meals accordingly.

  • Also, buying an inexpensive vacuum food sealer will make backpacking paleo so much easier. Don’t spend more than $50 on a vacuum sealer. The cheap ones work just as well for backpacking purposes. This is also something you can buy second-hand because its previous owner probably didn’t ever use it. Just make sure it is a vacuum sealer you can get bags for or it won’t do you any good. 
  • As you will notice, vacuum bags reduce the space of your paleo meals to almost nothing. In fact, they will fit in many places in a backpack their store-bought counterparts won’t. They are also waterproof and will stay fresh for much longer.
    Vacuum bag sealing means that you can fit 2-3 times more food in your backpack. So you don’t have to worry about being ravenous at the end of the trail.

Making Paleo Backpacking Meals In Advance

Any paleo meals that you make at home can be taken on the trail. The most time-saving thing you can do is to make a meal, like stew, then make extra. Take the extra and freeze it portion-size plastic containers. Pop-out the frozen block later, then put it in a vacuum-seal food bag and seal it. (You can’t vacuum-seal room temperature liquids.)

This kind of frozen meal is easy to transport in a backpack. It won’t sweat or thaw very quickly. You can also use frozen vacuum-sealed meals instead of ice packs. They will also keep other foods cool for at least the day. Then, in the evening it will be easy to heat or just eat cold.   

Paleo Backpacking Meals Recipes

Now that you can quickly assemble ingredients, there are many, many paleo recipes online for you to try. It will be worth your while to go through them and mark the ones you like. By vacuum-sealing any of these meals, you will have quite a bit of variety when you are backpacking. 

The real trick is to make the preparation of these meals as fast as possible. You will have so many different food combinations when you learn the quickest way to prepare the ingredients. And the faster you can dehydrate paleo ingredients, the better you will eat on the trail.

Continue Reading

Backpacking Gear Reviews & Guides

How to have amazing experiences camping in Alaska?




Do you want to make the most of your camping experience in Alaska? Camping is the best way to cherish the mesmerizing Alaskan scenery and be in proximity to Mother Nature with your friends and loved ones.

Are you wondering where to camp, where to go, and what items to pack for an Alaskan camping trip? This article has all the answers regarding camping in Alaska! Moreover, this place comprises a few amazing bewilderments that make it different than other camping locations.

If you’re ready to explore Alaska and be immersed in its camping, here are the top 4 tips for a seamless camping experience in Alaska.

  1. Be ready for the varying types of weather

The temperature of Alaska is unpredictable. Hence, if you’re camping in summer in blisteringly hot weather, it would be great to carry something waterproof and warm clothes. In your Alaska travel and camping, it’s required to carry your bibbed waterproof rain pants, raincoats, and hip boots.

This is how you don’t worry about the sudden rain and catch fish all day. Moreover, camping without a bathing suit doesn’t seem right! Camping and cruising go hand in hand; hence, a trip to Alaska will help you get the most out of your Alaska trip.

  1. Pick a campground mindfully

Although you are not mandated to stay at a campground run by the federal government if you wish to go tent camping, it may be the best bet if this is your initial camping trip. Establishing your individual camping place in the bush might feel more adventurous. Still, when camping with small children, you should remain closer to society in case a bear visits your campsite.

When you opt to lease a camping site, you must make your booking ahead because the more renowned campsites might fill up rapidly. Look on the internet for campgrounds near the events and routes you want to visit.

  1. You will have the option to relax or unwind

Although some corporate Alaska campers provide cable TV and Wi-Fi facilities, none of the federal campsites do. Whether you come here expecting to remain up to date on all the accouterments of technologies (or your beloved TV show), you may feel frustrated. But what if you treat your camping vacation as a time to relax and enjoy the unique stunning scenery surrounding you? It feels exciting.

  1. Keep the bears at bay

Bears are amazing animals, which doesn’t imply you should invite them with welcoming hands inside your camp. You must be capable of keeping bears away from your campground if you wish to enjoy the woods with them without causing mishaps. Below are a few suggestions:

  •     You can bypass bear highways by not camping along riverbanks or pathways.
  •     Do not even camp alone: for your safety, striving to remain close to others would be better.


These are the top 4 tips to enjoy camping in Alaska. What are you thinking of? Dive into the best experiences of camping, and cherish the moments forever. Happy camping! 



Continue Reading

Backpacking Gear Reviews & Guides

Why Duck Boots are Good for Hiking



are duck boots good for hiking

The quest to find the perfect hiking shoes is never-ending, so the next option we’re going to explore is Duck Boots. Duck Boots have been around for more than 100 years and they’re used for all sorts of outdoor activities, so we can’t discount them as a hiking boot. Let’s dive in a little deeper into what duck boots are, and whether they’re an ideal choice for your next hike.


A pair of Bean Boots.

The legendary Maine-made L.L.Bean Boot was designed by “L.L.” himself in 1912 and has been keeping feet dry and comfortable ever since.


What are Duck Boots?

Duck Boots, also known as Bean Boots, were created by Leon Leonwood Bean, who founded the company L.L. Bean. Bean, who got sick of wet feet during hunting trips, wanted to create a boot that would keep his feet dry while still being ideal for the outdoors. He theorized mixing together two types of boot, combining the rubber sole of a work boot with the leather upper of a casual or hunting boot.

The rubber sole would provide all the necessary protection from the elements, while the leather upper would retain the flexibility and comfort of a regular leather boot. Thus, the Duck Boot was born and became a huge success. Other brands now produce this style of boot, but you can never forget the original waterproof boots.

Related: The 7 Best Two Person Tents


A pair of Duck Boots in a puddle of water.

When choosing which hiking boots you should buy, Duck Boots should be considered for their weatherproof design.


What makes a good hiking shoe?

If you’re considering Duck Boots for use as a hiking shoe, you should first know what you’re looking for. There are so many elements to consider when searching for the perfect boot, as there is no one size fits all. Different shoes are optimized for different conditions, different situations you might encounter on the trail, so finding the right shoe isn’t an easy task.

Various terrains put different pressures on your shoes during hikes. This is why hiking boots are usually split into three main categories, each optimized for a different sort of hike. Lightweight hiking shoes (trail shoes), which resemble trainers, are essentially reinforced running shoes. They provide some support, but their main purpose is to be light and breathable while still protecting your foot.

These shoes are designed for day hikes, but they’re actually a favorite among long-distance backpackers. A sturdier shoe would provide more support, but trail shoes are a popular choice long-distance as they aren’t as heavy or constricting as other boots, while still providing enough protection to keep your feet safe and happy during a hike. The only downside of trail running shoes is their lack of ankle support, which leaves you at risk of twisted ankles and other injuries.

Related: The Top 10 New Hampshire Camping Sites

 On the other end of the scale are mountaineering boots, designed for terrains which present more of a challenge to traverse. If you’re hiking through rocky territory or icy glaciers, this type of boot provides all the necessary extra protection. They’re much more heavy-duty than hiking shoes, often warmer, water-resistant, abrasion-resistant, and provide much more support to your foot.

Backpacking boots make a compromise between the two, as they aim to keep you prepared for any terrain. For multi-day treks, this type of boot is ideal as it’s durable and supportive enough to carry you through most challenges in the backcountry.

The materials used to construct a hiking boot define it, as the wrong fabric can cause so much suffering for your feet. Finding the right combination of waterproofing and breathability, while still being a comfortable shoe, can present a challenge. That’s why we’re going to break down the material considerations you’ll need to remember when deciding is a shoe is right for hiking.

Also read: The 7 Best Louisiana Tent Camping Sites

Full-grain leather is a very durable and versatile material, so many mountaineering boots are made using this fabric. For rigorous hikes which pass through rough terrains, full-grain leather is fully protective while remaining very comfortable. It has excellent waterproof properties, as well as being warm and highly durable. However, in return for this protection, you have to deal with the increased weight of these heavy-duty boots.

You may have heard the saying “one pound on your feet equals five on your back” and this applies to full-grain leather boots. They may not feel too heavy when you try them on, but five miles down the trail you might find yourself wishing for a lighter shoe. Of course, over rough terrain, the valuable protection full-grain leather provides is well worth the weight, but you don’t need such a heavy shoe for casual hikes.

Split grain leather offers reduced protection, but is more breathable than full-grain leather. It’s still a durable material, but it’s less heavy-duty and has reduced water-resistant properties. It’s often used in combination with synthetic materials, creating a compromise between protection and comfort, and this combination is the most common choice for casual hikers.

Read more like this: Top 10 Outdoor TV Antennas for Rural Areas

Various synthetic materials are used in the construction of hiking shoes, such as nylon and polyester. One benefit of synthetic materials is that they are much easier to break in than leather. These shoes feel lighter and also dry faster, but lack the water-resistant properties of leather. Of course, you can improve the water-resistance, but this can affect the breathability. Check out how to waterproof hiking boots for more information.


A pair of boots in the grass.

Different hiking boots are better suited for different terrains and it’s best to find a pair of boots that fits your adventure.


Also, depending on the type of trekking you do, hiking boots are available in different cuts and heights. Lightweight trail running shoes are often low cut, meaning they end below the ankle. This allows for a wider range of motion but leaves your ankle vulnerable to injury.

Shoes like this are best worn on well-maintained trails, where there’s less risk of trail debris and uneven terrain. Mid-cut boots offer more ankle support and better balance and protection, but the most protective style of boot is high-cut. These boots reinforce your ankle fully and are necessary for off-trail adventures.

Many hiking boots are equipped with devices that provide extra internal support, the purpose of which is to protect both your feet and the soles of your shoes on uneven terrain. One option is shanks, which are 3-5mm thick inserts sandwiched between the midsole and outsole of your boot. These add load-bearing stiffness to hiking boots, which is important to ensure you stay stable and balanced.

Shanks vary in length, some running the whole way down the boot, others just half-way. This feature makes the sole of a hiking boot less flexible, keeping your feet in a mostly flat position.

This may seem counterintuitive balance-wise, but a flexible sole allows your foot to wrap around every root and rock you step on, which can be painful, and tires you out much faster. Having a reinforced sole is a big benefit, but it could make your boot heavier; it all depends on the material the shank is made from.

Related: Top 7 Best Microspikes for Hiking

Some hiking boots feature plates as a form of internal support, which are thin and semi-flexible. These can be used in conjunction with shanks, and they protect your feet from getting bruised by anything you step on.

All hiking boots have rubber outsoles, the part of your boot which spends the most time in contact with the ground. Some have additives such as carbon, which increases the hardness of the material. This is most commonly seen in mountaineering boots for extra durability, but the extra harness of the outsole can mean they feel slick if you go off-trail.

Traction is very important in a hiking boot for obvious reasons, so make sure you get a boot with enough traction to keep you comfortable. If you’re constantly trying not to slip, the increased pressure on your muscles can be painful and even damaging, whereas a boot with a good grip will make your hike so much easier.

Also: 5 Best Pop Up Canopy Tents

So, what makes a good hiking shoe? The ideal footwear for hiking finds the right balance between comfort and protection, and this depends on your own personal hiking preferences. In general, you need a degree of protection from the elements, water resistance, comfort, and breathability. A good hiking boot should protect your foot without hindering your process, and if you make the right choice then your hikes will be so much better for it.


A girl hiking in the mountains.

Duck Boots are well-known for their water resistance and ability to be easily cleaned, but are they the best hiking boot option?


Are Duck Boots good for hiking?

Duck boots are constructed using a rubber sole and lower shoe, whilst incorporating a full-grain leather upper. This means Duck Boots have excellent water resistance. Full-grain leather is highly waterproof, as is rubber, so with these shoes, you’ll never have to worry about wet feet.

Of course, Bean Boots claim to be the “original antidote to wet feet”, so water resistance is one thing we know they’re good for. A good hiking boot should always be water-resistant, as there’s a high chance of encountering puddles, streams, and other wet terrains when you’re on the trail. There’s also always the possibility of rain, so even if you step around the puddles, your boots always need to have a good degree of water resistance. If there’s one thing Duck Boots are, it’s waterproof.

Related: Best Gun Brands 

L.L. Bean’s Duck Boots use a steel shank for additional support, and this is a great feature for a potential hiking boot. Reducing the flexibility of the sole means more protection for your feet, so this feature of Duck Boots is a big benefit. Remember, this only applies to L.L. Bean’s branded Duck Boots, as there are many other boots of the same style available which might lack this additional internal support.

Duck Boots are known for being very comfortable. Boots are the number one most important piece of equipment for a hiker, and comfort is paramount. If your hiking boots are uncomfortable, it can make you hate every minute you wear them. On the other hand, finding a pair of boots that are comfortable for you is a big first step towards having the right shoe, so regarding comfort, Bean Boots get a pass from us.

Another benefit of Duck Boots is that they’re easy to clean. This isn’t as important as other factors, but after a long hike through muddy and dirty conditions, these boots only need a quick spray from a hosepipe and they’re clean and ready to go.

Also: Sleeping bags for tall people

We’ve covered the benefits of wearing Bean Boots for hiking, and there are a number of reasons you might think they’re a good choice. Duck Boots are highly waterproof, very comfortable, and feature shanks which are a big help towards stability. However, there are some elements of these shoes which might mean they aren’t the best choice for hiking.


A man climbing on rocks.

While Duck Boots offer great water resistance, their ankle support is not the best which may deter some people from using them for longer hikes.


Why Duck Boots might not be the best choice

Ankle support is a big deal when it comes to hiking boots; as we explained before it can be the difference between a successful hike and a painful injury. Duck Boots are high cut, meaning they rise above your ankles. This means they do provide some support, but it’s minimal, and ideally, a hiking boot would offer more structure around the ankle. For hikers traversing rough terrain, more protection is needed, as if you miss a step in Duck Boots there isn’t much to save you from injury.

Another important thing to consider is traction. Duck boots are designed specifically to handle wet weather, and they do it very well. If you’re in wet, muddy, slushy or otherwise slippery conditions, Duck Boots are ideal, as they have plenty of traction and grip.

However, mud isn’t the only thing which hiking boots have to put up with. On the trails, the traction Bean Boots provides is considerably reduced compared to hiking boots, the difference is noticeable and unfortunately, the traction on the soles of Duck Boots just isn’t strong enough for any sort of serious hiking.

Related: Best screen houses for camping

The materials from which Duck Boots are made make them excellently waterproof. However, rubber and full-grain leather aren’t the most breathable of materials. Although they may do a good job of not letting in water from the outside, they also keep it in.

The lack of breathability here can be very uncomfortable, leading to hot and sweaty feet. This can cause blisters, and for this reason, we would not recommend them as a hiking shoe. All hikers need waterproof boots, but there are others available which won’t make you suffer.

Blisters are something which all hikers have to deal with at some point, but if your boots aren’t breathable then they’re much more likely and threaten to ruin your hike. The best hiking boots keep your feet dry while staying breathable and comfortable, so don’t make an exception here.

If you’re keen on mountaineering, then your hiking boots need to be crampon compatible, which Duck Boots are not. Crampons help with grip when scaling rocky terrain, so having a boot they work with is necessary for safety reasons.

We have no choice but to conclude that L.L. Bean’s Duck Boots are no good for hiking. Although they are comfortable and highly water-resistant, the lack of extra support and breathability means they aren’t the best hiking boot.

A boot specifically designed for hiking could offer the same level of comfort while giving you much more support on the trails. Hiking boots made from Gore-tex would provide the same level of excellent waterproofing while still maintaining breathability, so there are better options out there.


A pair of Duck Boots on a ladder in the snow.

While Duck Boots may not be the best option for hiking, they are still a great overall winter boot.


What are Duck Boots good for?

Although we cannot avoid the conclusion that duck boots are no good for hiking, they’re still an excellent outdoor shoe. Bean Boots are ideal for making your way through snow and slush, so we do recommend this style as a general winter boot.

For any outdoor activity in cold weather, these shoes are ideal, as their warmth and waterproofing will keep your feet happy, while their traction is perfect for walking in the snow. Duck Boots are much closer to snow boots or rain boots than they are hiking, so for these weather conditions, we can whole-heartedly recommend these high-quality shoes.


Other branded duck boots

L.L. Bean was the original creator of the duck boot, but other brands have made their own version. Sperry offers a shoe called the Watertown Duck Boot, and its design is very similar to the original. Sperry’s version boasts a rubber lug outsole with no-slip traction, which could mean improved grip compared to L.L. Bean’s shoe. However, this is still not a hiking sole, so it’s not ideal for outdoor adventuring.


Final Verdict:

So, are Duck Boots good for hiking? The short answer; no. Although Duck Boots make an excellent winter boot, ideal for cold and wet weather, they just aren’t up to the same standard as hiking boots in other areas. The traction Bean Boots provide is optimized for wet conditions, such as snow and slush, but it’s simply not good enough for hiking in the backcountry.

The ankle support is admittedly better than trail running shoes, but more protection is needed if you do anything other than light and easy hikes. For your next hiking trip, Duck Boots aren’t the best choice, even though they’re comfy. If you’re still looking for an outdoor shoe, you might wonder, are Timberlands good for hiking? Read our article on the subject to find out if Timberlands might be the answer you’re looking for.

Bonus tip: To learn more about L.L. Bean’s original legendary boot, check out this interesting video we found below!

Continue Reading

Backpacking Gear Reviews & Guides

Bob And Brad C2 Massage Gun Review/The Best Massage Gun for Sports Lovers



Massage guns have become popular in recent years as a way to help people relax and ease pain. They are especially popular among those who enjoy sports, as the massage guns can help to reduce muscle soreness after a workout resulting in faster recovery and improved performance. 

Some other benefits associated with the use of massage guns include:


Increased blood flow– Massage guns can help to improve circulation by increasing blood flow, which helps to reduce inflammation and swelling in the muscles. This is especially important for those who are involved in sports or exercise, as increased blood flow can help to repair damaged tissue faster.


Improved flexibility– Massage guns also help to improve flexibility by loosening tight muscles and tendons. This allows the body to move more freely, resulting in improved performance during physical activity.


Reduced stress– The massage gun can also help to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Massaging the muscles helps to release endorphins, which are hormones that act as natural painkillers. By releasing these endorphins, people can feel less stressed and relaxed after using a massage gun.


Relieves pain– Massage guns are great for relieving pain and discomfort, as the vibration helps to loosen tight muscles and release tension. This can help to reduce pain caused by inflammation, arthritis, or other aches and pains.


Enhances performance– Massage guns can help to improve performance when it comes to physical activities, as they help to reduce muscle fatigue and soreness. This helps people perform better in their chosen sport or activity.

Why Choose the Bob And Brad C2 Massage Gun 

It’s well known that massage guns are a great way to relieve tension and soreness after a long day or workout. But with so many different massage guns on the market, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. In this Bob and Brad C2 Massage Gun Review, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of this popular massage gun to help you decide if it’s the right one for you.


If you are an athlete or just someone looking to soothe sore and aching muscles, the Bob And Brad C2 Massage Gun is an ideal choice. This powerful massage gun is designed to provide deep tissue relief through its variety of adjustable speed settings and interchangeable massage heads. The ergonomic design allows for comfortable use during longer sessions, and the lightweight body makes it easy to transport and store. With its powerful motor, the C2 Massage Gun is capable of providing up to 3200 revolutions per minute. With five different intensity levels, this strong force helps to penetrate deep into muscle fibers and provides effective relief from soreness and pain.


The Bob and Brad C2 Massage Gun is designed to help athletes and active individuals recover faster after strenuous activity. It provides a deep-tissue massage that can reduce soreness, improve flexibility, and increase the range of motion in the body. This massage gun also comes with four interchangeable heads for various massaging techniques including a flat head for larger muscle groups, a round head for deeper tissue work, a U-shape for joint relief, and a conical head for smaller areas like the neck or hands. With this variety of massage heads, the C2 helps to target specific areas of discomfort and provides customized relief.



Overall, the Bob And Brad C2 Massage Gun is an excellent choice for those looking for a reliable and powerful massage gun that can provide effective relief from muscle soreness after exercise or long days. With its adjustable speed settings and interchangeable massage heads, it is sure to meet your needs. So if you’re an athlete or just someone looking to give their muscles some well-deserved love and attention, the Bob And Brad C2 Massage Gun is a great investment.


Continue Reading