Author: Kevin Glover

Kevin Glover is an outdoorsman living, climbing and biking in Spokane, WA. Originally from the Nevada high desert, he moved to the PNW for its mild winters and allergen-free summers. He has guided throughout the Cascades and Enchantments for Peak 7 Adventures.

The Sierra Designs Mojo 2 tent is billed as an ultralight hybrid shelter for three-season backpacking.  Its unique construction features an attached rainfly over a fully mesh upper tent body.   At 3 lbs. 2 oz. there are some lighter tents on the market, but there are very few competitors who can match the Mojo’s comfort and smart engineering. Sierra Designs Mojo 2 Features: Hybrid single-wall construction DAC NSL poles Interior area: 26.5 square feet Vestibule space: 7 square feet Peak height: 38″ Capacity: 2-person Season: 3-seasons Weight: 3 lbs 2 oz (packed), 2 lbs 11 oz (trail) MSRP: $399…

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Nutcase produces cool helmets.  It’s really as simple as that: they’re safe, they’re well made, and they look way cooler than your riding buddies’ helmets.  Admittedly they’re a ‘street’ style helmet which isn’t the norm for mountain biking, but last summer when I was looking for something different, I picked up one of these flashy lids and I’ve been sporting it proudly ever since. Nutcase Street Sport Helmet Features: Injection-molded ABS shell Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) protective inner foam for high impact protection 2 front intake vents 7 multiple top-mounted exhaust vents, and 2 rear exhaust vents Adjustable Spin Dial allows…

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Outdoor Products is known as a value brand and is carried at many big-box retailers.  They offer a mix of quality and economy in their products, and I picked up their Gama 8.0 pack to toss around this month. The pack is in the extended day/overnighter range and it holds 2,390 cubic inches.  The Gama 8.0 offers an urban look coupling smart design for the outdoors. Outdoor Products Gama 8.0 Features: Lightweight aluminum internal stay to stabilize large loads Suspended mesh back panel for maximum airflow Deluxe back padding with molded texture for added comfort Extra padded, ergonomically designed waist…

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The Topeak Pocket Rocket promises a small pump with big performance, sleek grey looks, and a lightweight package that won’t slow down your ride.  It’s in the ‘mini’ range, and pumps (hypothetically) up to 160 psi.  I needed something for my Litespeed on Nevada’s rough roads, so this Topeak seemed just the ticket. Topeak Pocket Rocket Features: Light weight mini pump with alloy barrel for roadies Integrated dust cap keeps Kraton head clean and ready to use High efficiency Single Action pump with thumblock lever Head: Presta/Schrader Barrel: Butted Aluminum Handle: Plastic Capacity: 160 PSI / 11 bar Includes a…

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The Camelbak Transformer is a bit like the Swiss Army knife of packs. It’s versatile to a fault, sturdily built, and probably has a good chance of outliving its owner. I’ve been using it for about eight months throughout the fall as well as a mild winter with lots of hiking and biking, and now during a beautiful Nevada Spring. It’s a good “do-everything” pack, but it’s a bit on the heavy side. Camelbak Transformer Features: Hydration Capacity: 102 oz (3.1 L) Cargo Volume: 793.3 cu in (13 L) Total Volume: 982.4 cu in (16.1 L) Includes the 102 oz…

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