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  • OGIO Backpack

    Posted on April 9, 2015 by olinselot

    OGIO Metro Backpack OGIO Metro Backpack

    The Metro OGIO Backpack is one of the most versatile packs for a life on the go. Comfort and features and plentiful, affordable, and stylish. Staying mobile and organized with your electronic devices is easy with multiple large, easy to access, pockets. It even has a padded side entry pocket to perfectly carry and protect your laptop or tablet.

    There are a variety of OGIO backpack options available at affordable prices and color options depending on what you need. Whether you are looking for a hydration pack, bounty hunter backpack, freezer cooler pack, juggernaut backpack or other variety; we know you will find something perfect for you at Outersports.

    This post was posted in Backpack, Hiking, Uncategorized and was tagged with backpack, laptop bag, ogio, ogio backpack

  • Backpacking - What Should I Wear

    Posted on May 11, 2006 by Justin

    Main Clothing- If you are looking to just get away from everything for a few days, or even just overnight, backpacking is the way to go. Peace, quiet, and tranquility are all provided compliments of Mother Nature. If you are new to backpacking, you'll want to know some important dress rules that will keep your clothing from being a major distraction on your trip.


    It is first necessary to assess the type of backpacking trip that you will be taking: What will your elevation be (high elevation=cold/snow)? What time of the year will you be going? What is the weather forecast? That last question can be a bugger. There are always those rare occasions when an unforcasted storm can roll through, but as a general rule, you can get prepared for a trip based on the immediate forecast. Later on I'll mention some items that are handy to have along for those surprise storms. Now that you know what to expect from the elements, you can dress based on whether you trip will be a cold one, a hot one, or a little of both.

    Cold weather backpacking trips require a developed clothing system known as "layering." You can check my articles section out for more in depth info on layering. Layering is just that. You layer your clothes, typically 3 layers, so that you can better manage your body's heating and cooling system. Your first layer should almost always be a long, thin, synthetic layer. Synthetic materials wick or pull moisture away from your body to keep your skin warm and dry. Polypropylene works great as it is typically the least expensive and dries faster than any other material. Leave the cotton at home. Cotton gets wet and stays wet. The middle layer should be an insulating layer. Synthetic or wool (especially merino wool) works great here. In general, the more air your clothing traps inside the warmer it will be. Finally, the outer layer should be windproof and breathable. It should also be waterproof and breathable if you are expecting some rain. In some follow ups to this post, I will list some great layering systems including brands that I would recommend. So, this will pretty much cover you for a cold weather trip. See future posts below for Accessories to wear such as socks, hats, gloves, etc.


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    Now, if you are planning on hot weather, you can skip the long underwear layer. If you're a lady, you'll need to look into a nice wicking sports bra that breathes well. There are assortments of them nowadays since there has been such a push for athletic clothing manufacturers to make athletic clothing that actually fits a woman. Women no longer have to improvise with men's stuff that altogether fits wrong. Synthetic, wicking briefs are a must for men. There is nothing as uncomfortable as cotton briefs that stay wet your whole trip. Some men and women, for that matter, prefer boxer style briefs. I personally don't like them due to the tendency for them to ride or bunch up. But, that's just my own preference. Not too long ago, Patagonia started
    producing their capilene material in the form of a thong for those ladies who like to floss. Anyway, the point is, wear as little as possible against your skin, and what you do wear should wick well and dry quickly.

    The next layer should be light weight and breathable. A nice athletic t-shirt made of polyester works great. If you prefer to stay out of the sun, loose fitting long sleeve shirts are also available in polyester or similar synthetic fabrics. I can't stress enough just how important fast drying, synthetic fabrics are for outdoor activities. When you finish hiking and start making camp, the last thing you want is the discomfort of all that cold wet cotton garbage clinging too you. Trust me on this one. In fact, one way to tell if fellow packers are newbies is by their apparel. Cotton = Newbie, Synthetic = Veteran (or well informed newbie cloaked as a veteran). You get my point. For hot weather, your pants can vary. There are so many products out there that you really just need to stick to lightweight and breathable and you'll be fine. By this time, I no longer need to add "quick drying" and "synthetic" to the description. Shorts work great for backpacking, but you might prefer long pants to save your legs from scratchy brush. I always were a pair of zip-off long pants so that I can make that decision on the trail.

    You're all set! Stick to these basics and you'll be a happy backpacker. I'll get some more posts on here about backpacking accessories as soon as I get a chance. The good thing about most of this gear is that it is interchangable with other outdoor activities. So, once you buy your backpacking thermals, you also have your ski thermals, your snowshoeing thermals, your snow camping thermals, and so on. The key is just to get them in the right materials. Please post comments if you think I left something out that you feel is vital or otherwise important. Also, I guess I forgot to mention the handy extras to take along "just in case," so I'll add those in another post.

    This post was posted in Backpack, Clothing Layers, Hiking, Socks, Thermal Underwear

  • Great Sources for Backpacking Information

    Posted on May 3, 2006 by Justin

    How often do you go backpacking? Once a year? Once a month? Once a week? If you are going as often as once a week or even once a month, then you probably know a thing or two about backpacking. Even so, there are always new techniques being developed and new things you can learn that can make a big difference on your next adventure. If you only go once a year, then you can likely learn a thing or two from the experts that will save you a lot of grief on your next backpacking trip.


    One site that I have found to provide trustworthy information on the latest backpacking equipment, gear, and techniques is from Backpacker Magazine. They have been around much longer than most of the other sites out there and so their information comes from a long history of experience in the outdoors and particularly in backpacking. They have a vast archive of information relating to backpacking destinations, backpacking gear, and helpful backpacking techniques for the beginner as well as the grizzled veteran. They also have a community with a vast membership that allows the members to discuss any outdoor related subject. Their forum is one of the most helpful backpacking forums I’ve found for sourcing helpful information on my backpacking woes.

    The next site on the list is The Backpacker. Most of the reviews and information on this site come from everyday visitors like yourself, who have had personal experience with a particular piece of gear or a specific trail. The writers of The Backpacker also provide handy tips and how-tos as well as other interesting articles relating to backpacking. The site is really designed as one big backpacking community aimed at bringing all backpackers to a common goal of enjoying the great outdoors.

    One last notable resource is a great review site for backpacking and other outdoor gear. Gear Review was started by a group of outdoor enthusiasts who spent lots of time doing what they love outdoors. They began testing gear and writing reviews on the stuff that they used in an effort to educate fellow enthusiasts on what types of gear really works and what gear doesn’t measure up. Their reviews are some of the most objective you will find on the net. Unlike the visitor reviews you find on The Backpacker, the writers for Gear Review are very professional and over time have developed a detailed and systematic way for reviewing gear which really gives you a great overall view of each product.

    Keep in mind that there are many other resources out there for backpacking information. The three that I’ve highlighted here have offered a wealth of great information that has really helped me avoid many of the pitfalls made by beginners. Things like: the types of clothing materials to wear. How your pack should fit on your back. Who makes the best lightweight backpack. So, if you’re just getting started, these sites should be your first step in preparing for your trip. If you have been at it for some time now, you will want to stay up to date on the latest gear and techniques. And if I’ve left a great resource off that you feel needs to be mentioned, please add it to the post in a comment.

    This post was posted in Backpack, Hiking

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