Gear Reviews by Hikers who Own It & Use It

Mountain Blazers was created to teach backpacking. Staying true to that theme, we only review the hiking gear we use, or used, on a regular basis.

Hyke & Byke Zion 2P Backpacking Tent

Jerry's Hyke & Byke Zion 2P in action. This was following a rain storm, which is why his trekking poles are being used to dry his pack cover and rain coat. Picture taken along Flat Laurel Creek in the Pisgah National Forest.


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Klymit Insulated Static V Lite Sleeping Pad

Jerry's Static V Inflatable Pad. This was taken at the Plumorchard Gap Shelter along the AT in Georgia, waiting out a rain storm, during a 2 day section hike, September 2019. Might as well enjoy an afternoon nap.

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Eureka! Midori 2 Backpacking Tent

Jerry's Eureka! Midori 2. This was the 2nd evening of a 2.5 day section hike on the AT in July 2015, from Winding Stair Gap to Wesser, NC. The Nantahala Outdoor Center in Wesser is a great finish to a section hike.

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Hyke & Byke Eulos 800FP 30 Deg Sleeping Bag

Jerry is enjoying his morning coffee in his Hyke & Byke sleeping bag. Pic was taken in early October 12th, 2019, near the Black Balsam Knob Trialhead in the Pisgah National Forest. We hiked a beautiful 7.8 miles on this day.


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MSR Pocket Rocket Backpacking Stove

Jerry's MSR Pocket Rocket in action. I purchased this in 2015. It has never failed me. This was the Commissary Hill campground at Mt. Mitchell in early August 2019. Boiling some water for a delicious oatmeal breakfast.

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Outdoorsman Lab Inflatable Sleeping Pad

Jerry's Outdoorsman Inflatable Pad packs down small. This picture shows why I decided to change the inflatable pad I had used since 2015. Though I ended up purchasing another inflatable pad (Klymit), I am keeping this one for now. It performed well.

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Eureka! Suma 2 Backpacking Tent

Javier's Eureka! Suma 2 at Commissary Hill Campsite, Mt. Mitchell, in early August 2019.

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Alps Mountaineering Backpacking Tent

Alps Mountaineering backpacking tent, in use by a guest of the Mountain Blazers at Mt. Mitchell in early August 2019.

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Osprey Atmos AG 65 Backpack

Jerry's first hike with his Osprey pack, July 29th, 2015. This was just beyond Winding Stair Gap on the AT in North Carolina. I still use this pack and see no need to change.

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Alps Mountaineering Self Inflatable Pad

Jerry's Alps Mountaineering Self Inflatable Sleeping Pad. I used this on two long AT section hikes, in 2015 and 2017. I finally decided I wanted something smaller and lighter in the summer of 2019.

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