Hiking Gear Reviews, Tips, and Advice

Here you’ll find my hiking gear reviews as well as tips and advice on getting the best from your equipment, all from a New Zealand perspective.

Garmin 66i GPS Device

Why I chose a Garmin 66i inReach GPS device

I wanted an SOS device to give me two-way communication while out hiking in New Zealand. This is why I chose a Garmin 66i inReach GPS device.

Garmin 66i GSP device showing NZ Topo 50 maps

How to add NZ topo maps to a Garmin GPS device (for free)

If you have a Garmin GPS device in New Zealand, then check out this method to download and install free NZ Topo 50 maps to your device.

Peak Design Capture Clip v3 Backpack Clip

Peak Design Capture Clip v3 Review

If you’re looking for a camera clip for a backpack or belt, don’t look past the best of the bunch; the Peak Design Capture Clip v3.

Macpac Rain Cover Sizes

Macpac Waterproof Pack Cover Sizing

I ended up with three Macpac waterproof pack raincovers thanks to sizing which didn’t quite fit my expectations, so I’ve put them all to the test here.

Identify Peaks with the PeakFinder App

Looking for an app to help you identify peaks while out hiking and climbing? The PeakFinder app uses AR to great effect. Watch the video.

The Stanley Shortstack Adventure Travel Mug 8oz

Review of the Stanley Adventure Shortstack Travel Mug 8oz

With the demise of my glass Keep Cup 8oz, the time came to find a new travel mug. Suitable for both medium and large coffees, easy to wash, classy for the office and suitable for hiking, I was pleased to find the Stanley Adventure Shortstack Travel Mug ticked all boxes.

A route in the Footpath app

3 Mapping & Route Planning Apps for Hikers

Three of the best mapping and route planning apps for hikers. Apps that allow you to export a route to a GPS device.

Kathmandu Kids Kite v2 Size

Kathmandu Kids Kite V2 Review

I reviewed the Kathmandu Kids Kite v2 because I couldn’t find any photos or info it on the web. So check out mine here before you buy.

Hydro Flask Coffee Mug Size

Hydro Flask Coffee Mug with Flex Sip Lid

I researched a few coffee mugs and chose the Hydro Flask 12oz with Flex Sip Lid. Perfect for throwing in a hiking pack without fear of leaks.

The Patagonia Torrentshell 3L rain jacket in Andes Blue

Review of the Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Rain Jacket

The time has come to get a new, light weight, waterproof jacket. I wanted to make an ethical choice, and after a heap of research I finally settled on the Patagonia Torrentshell 3L. Find out why.