This photo shows the Gerber 23.5" Axe sticking into a piece of firewood.

Gerber 23.5″ Axe Review

The Gerber 23.5" Axe is easily one of the best all-around camping and vehicle axes: Its price-to-value ratio is fantastic. Its head is heavy enough to bite into downed trees. The handle is long enough for some ...
This photo shows the MSR TrailShot water filter near a river.

MSR TrailShot Water Filter Review

The MSR TrailShot is a remarkably versatile lightweight water filter for backpacking, trail running, hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, kayaking and pretty much any outdoor adventure that might lead to thirst n...
This photo shows the MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit near a river.

MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit Review

The MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit is a super versatile lightweight water filtration system for backpacking and camping. The kit includes a slightly modified version of MSR's popular TrailShot water filter pum...
This photo shows the author wearing the Shelta Seahawk hat in a kayak on a lake.

Shelta Hats Review: Seahawk, Osprey, Griffin & Phoenix

The Shelta Seahawk sun hat uses a stiff brim that won't fall and block your vision when it's wet or windy. In fact, the Shelta sun hat, which now has four versions, was invented to handle water-focused adventur...
This image shows the Simms Freestone wading boot at the river's edge.

Simms Freestone Wading Boot Review

The Simms Freestone Boot is a burly wading boot made to handle tough fishing conditions. If you’re fly fishing in areas with rough riverbeds or even sharp rocks, these are the wading boots for you. The Simms...
This Orvis Silver Sonic Convertible-Top Waders review photo shows a fly fisher wearing the Orvis waders in a river.

Orvis Silver Sonic Convertible-Top Waders Review

The Orvis Silver Sonic Convertible-Top Wader is a great midrange fishing wader with an excellent price-to-value ratio. Like its name suggests, the Orvis Silver Sonic Convertible-Top Wader boasts a nifty trick: ...
fly fishing nets

Best Fly Fishing Nets for Trout: Rubber & Nylon

If you really want to catch trout fly fishing, you need a fly fishing net. Of course, you can definitely land a fish without a net -- I've caught thousands of fish this way, but once I learned to appreciate a f...