TarpTent Saddle 2 vs StratoSpire 2

TarpTent recently released their new Saddle 2 tent, which has led to discussion over how it compares to TarpTent’s somewhat similar StratoSpire 2 design. Both tents are trekking pole supported double walls using the same materials. On the surface, it appears that the Saddle 2 offers similar functionality in a somewhat smaller/lighter/cheaper package that might avoid… Read More TarpTent Saddle 2 vs StratoSpire 2

[Darn Tough] Socks for Backpacking

Sock Functionality Why wear socks? Opinions differ widely in what functionality a backpacking sock should deliver, but the main candidate functions are warmth, cushioning and a reduction in abrasion/blistering from foot-shoe contact and grit. There are also more niche areas of potential functionality, such as moisture management or blister reduction (e.g. toe socks). Of these, I’m not a believer in sock… Read More [Darn Tough] Socks for Backpacking