River Sports Fun: French Broad, Holston Rivers Conflux at Tennessee Confluence

Mighty Rivers rise from humble beginnings, often hundreds of miles from their final, stellar display of power as they rumble into a junction downstream. The Tennessee River’s founding ranks as one of the more interesting in river history and recreation.… Continue reading

Gear Review: KEEN Gallatin CNX

For a company that got its start crafting water-focused, toe-protecting sandals (that heavy black rubber toe cover is the company’s trademark), Keen has rapidly expanded into nearly every corner of the outdoor footwear market. These days, you can get hiking … Continue reading

Gear Review: Outdoor Products Amphibian Weather Defense Backpack

I aim to stay dry on most of my hikes but sometimes there is the occasional neck-deep river fording in Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park or getting caught in a heavy downpour in Olympic National Park’s Hoh Rainforest.

In such … Continue reading

Gear Review: Merrell Moab Peak Ventilator Boots

"Tuckasegee River" boots
A well-built backpacking boot sans Gore-Tex, the supportive Moab Peak Ventilators breath well and dry quickly.

Gear Review: Sperry Top-Sider’s H2O Escape Bungee Sneakers

Ever dreamt of a shoe that you can wear all day long whether you’re kayaking on a river, hiking on a trail or walking along an ocean beach? Your dream has materialized in the form of Sperry Top-Sider’s H2O Escape Continue reading

Gear Review: KEEN Alpha WP CNX shoes

The KEEN Alpha WP CNX is a low drop, low-cut shoe featuring a waterproof breathable layer. It is neither a trail runner nor a light hiker, per se. It could fulfill either role, however, as well as offering an alternative … Continue reading

Gear Review: KEEN Clearwater Sandals

I am sitting here wearing a brand new pair of KEEN Clearwater sandals while I write this review. Which should raise the question of how I can write a review of a sandal designed for outdoor adventure if I am … Continue reading

The Unbearable Lightness of KEEN’s New Clearwater CNX Sandals for Women

In the middle of Southern California’s first heat-wave I was anxious for good news. Like when was the mercury going to trend in the other direction or when would the first dousing of rain arrive. But sometimes good news comes … Continue reading

KEEN Newport H2 Sandals Change Summer Fun Forever

The Newport H2 Sandal is what would happen if the KEEN Targhee shoe ate a KEEN Portico Flip; the two would magically morph into a pair of Newports. No matter the sport—even for everyday wearing—the Newport Sandal is the perfect … Continue reading