Pancakes Taste Better Outside

Pancakes Taste Better Outside

There is something special about outdoor cooking while you’re in the great outdoors. Sure, being outside is good for the soul, but for some reason, food just tastes better when you cook and eat it outside. For instance, pancakes are good inside but they’re better when you’re camping. And pork n beans? Mediocre inside but awesome outside. Of course, cooking over a campfire is sometimes the best, but you can’t cook over a campfire in late summer when campfires are banned due to fire danger. For those situations — and spots down by the river — you need a good camp stove. To learn more and find your own camp stove, check out my guide to the best camping stoves over at Man Makes...
Because the Best Camping Tents Evoke Something Special

Because the Best Camping Tents Evoke Something Special

A lot of people love to camp in cushy camp trailers, but there’s something special about camping in a tent. Why? Tents get you closer to something primal — closer to nature, really. There is something magical about it, and if you don’t feel that way about camping tents, well, it’s possible that you’re an alien from outer space and you just don’t know it. But don’t worry. Try camping again in a tent — just get a cushy sleeping pad or even a good cot. To learn more, check out my latest guide to the best camping tents over at Man Makes...
REI DRT 1.2 Mountain Bike Review

REI DRT 1.2 Mountain Bike Review

The REI Co-op Cycles DRT 1.2 is a great trail-ready mountain bike for beginners and intermediate riders. It’s a fantastic value, and frankly, the bike is stronger and better than most riders will be able to push. Still, who is the DRT 1.2 for? Recreational mountain bikers who want to be able to make it through some difficult single track at modest speeds. It’s not for guys who want to bomb down mountains and hammer big jumps, which means it’s more than enough bike for 80 percent of us. To learn more, check out my full review at Man Makes...
The New Redington PROWLER-PRO Wading Boots

The New Redington PROWLER-PRO Wading Boots

The previous generation of Redington Prowler wading boots were very good boots — and they were a top-ten wading boot in the Man Makes Fire guide to the best wading boots. I was a fan because they were lightweight, fit well, and offered an excellent blend of support and agility. Redington has now upgraded the Prowler to the “PROWLER-PRO.” Now they’re even better than before. The fit is nearly exactly the same, but the new lacing design lets you more easily adjust the forefoot and ankle as desired. The new PROWLER-PRO boots are also lighter and drain faster. The best new feature, though, might be the simplest — a new heel-kick ledge that makes it easy to use one foot to shove off the other boot after a long day of fishing. So cool. To read more, check out my full Redington PROWLER-PRO review at Man Makes...
The Triple F.A.T. Goose Norden Bomber Jacket

The Triple F.A.T. Goose Norden Bomber Jacket

The Triple F.A.T. Goose Norden Hooded Bomber Jacket is a super warm down coat. It’s aimed at an urban style sensibility, but the timeless bomber-style design goes well anywhere. Better yet, the Norden includes features that make it capable in truly bad weather: Triple F.A.T. Goose packed a lot of 700-fill-power down into the baffles and then protects it with a DWR coating on the shell. The awesome internal sleeve cuffs fend off drafts and blowing snow. The hood is super warm, and if you don’t want the fur or the hood itself, you can zip off either one. I didn’t expect to like the Norden nearly as much as I do. If you’re looking for a timeless classic down coat, the Norden is pretty great. Read my full Triple F.A.T. Goose Norden Hooded Bomber Jacket review...