Author: Ken Osterkamp

  • Scarpa Rush Mid GTX Hiking Shoe

    Scarpa Rush Mid GTX Hiking Shoe

    Every once in a while – OK, all the time, sometimes multiple times a day, we’re Gearfloggers after all – we strap on a new piece of gear. Much less frequently do we start getting admiring comments as soon as people see it. That was the case with the Scarpa Rush Mid GTX hiking shoe, […]

  • Ray-Ban Wayfarer Folding Classic Sunglasses

    Ray-Ban Wayfarer Folding Classic Sunglasses

    Ray-Ban has certainly earned its place as an iconic American brand with their Aviator and Wayfarer sunglasses. Founded in 1937 by Bausch and Lomb, since 1999 they have been owned by Italian company Luxottica, home to many other instantly recognizable eyewear brands such as Costa and Oakley. Although the metal Aviator of Douglas Macarthur fame […]

  • Outdoor Research Feedback Shirt Jacket

    Outdoor Research Feedback Shirt Jacket

    Remember when smoking jackets were a thing? Neither do we! But that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate a good shacket when we wear one – and make no mistake, shackets are trending, for good reason: they’re a great layering piece, indoors and out, for shoulder seasons or the deep dark days of winter. Here in Anchorage, Alaska, we’ve […]

  • Mystery Ranch Mission Rover Travel Pack

    Mystery Ranch Mission Rover Travel Pack

    Mystery Ranch doesn’t stop at making bombproof gear for life-on-the-line professions like firefighting and the military. They make outstanding outdoor and lifestyle gear as well, and I’m happy to report that their travel packs are the bomb. As in bombproof, because that’s just how they do things down at the Ranch. The Mission Rover travel […]

  • REI Wallace Lake Mittens

    REI Wallace Lake Mittens

    I’m normally a gloves kind of guy, unless it’s seriously cold, and then it’s mittens all the way. As winter got started here in Alaska I found myself thinking it might be nice to just throw on a light pair of mittens, and for about the same bulk as a similar set of gloves it […]

  • Casio PRO TREK PRW-61-1A Watch

    Casio PRO TREK PRW-61-1A Watch

    It’s just hard to beat a Casio watch. I used a basic Casio in the military because you could beat the green snot out of it and it just kept on trucking. That, and we’re not the types to ever consider spending stupid amounts of money on something so basic – that’s for GQ readers, […]

  • Omega Pacific Phantom Screw-Lock Carabiner

    Omega Pacific Phantom Screw-Lock Carabiner

    Omega Pacific took a hiatus for a bit, but they’re back under the Rock-N-Rescue banner. That’s great news because they make solid products for people whose daily jobs require they stress-test gear while protecting their own lives and saving others. The Phantom is a roughly 3×4.5 inch aluminum screw-lock with a large working area inside, […]

  • Mystery Ranch 2 Day Assault Pack

    Mystery Ranch 2 Day Assault Pack

    Mystery Ranch makes packs for people who are going to work them hard and put them away dirty. They’re working packs for working people, and their 2 Day Assault Pack is a great design for anyone who needs to reconfigure their pack for the day’s mission, whether it’s climbing, load hauling or saving lives. If […]

  • MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

    MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

    There is a special place in our hearts for gear that has no learning curve, the kind of thing you just intuitively know how to use, and when you do use it the gear allows you to do something you absolutely could not without it. Snowshoes may be the best example of this gear magic: […]

  • weBoost Drive Reach RV Cell Phone Signal Booster

    weBoost Drive Reach RV Cell Phone Signal Booster

    If you read Gearflogger regularly you know we never go full fanboy, but sometimes we get pretty close, and weBoost cell signal boosters are a rare example. For good reason: the construction is high quality, the performance is as advertised, and the out-of-box experience is about as good as it gets. weBoost produces a complete […]