Alpen Fuel Journal

  • Prana Stretch Zion Pant Review - Best Backpacking/Hunting Pant of All Time?

    There are very few pieces of gear that I am excited about enough to call them the 'end all'.  However, after 2+ years wearing the Prana Stretch Zi...
  • Great Deals at REI's Anniversary Sale

    Now is your time to reap the benefits of REI's largest sale of the season!  With up to 30% off, now is the time to get that new expensive tent or pair of hiking boots. The sale runs May 15th - May 25th.
  • The Best Fly Rods and Spinning Rods for Backpacking

    Anglers headed into the backcountry have a huge array of tackle options to pick from.  But which rods are best for high country travel?  We help sort through the clutter to bring you our top pick...
  • The Best Ankle Brace For Hiking, Backpacking, and Hunting

    Tired of spraining your ankles?  You need a new brace!  The ASO Ankle Brace is the best ankle support brace for walking, hiking, backpacking, trail running and hunting.  It can be used comfortably with hiking boots and will prevent sprains and broken ankles.  With two decades of ankle problems behind me (and dozens of sprains), take my word for it.  The ASO ankle brace is amazing...
  • 7 Essential Pieces of Gear for First Time Backpackers

    Going on your first backpacking trip can be very intimidating, especially if you have never slept outside!  Here are a couple tried and true pieces of gear that can help get your first trip off on the right foot...
  • Backpacking Black Friday Deals 2019

    We scoured the interwebs to bring you the best Black Friday deals of 2019!  Expiration dates for sales and promo codes are listed when known. Alpe...
  • 30 Gifts For Hikers That Are Way Better Than a Boring Old Pair of Socks

    Hikers and backpackers can be very hard to shop for.  They are generally demanding and picky about their gear (I'm talking about you UL crowd).  The Alpen Fuel team has sorted through a ton...
  • How to Prevent Hiking Blisters Forever (Almost)

      I put on a fair number of miles in the summer.  Lots of miles with broken-in boots and semi trail hardened feet.  But still, I occasionally got...
  • 5 Reasons Everyone Should Own A Satellite Messenger Device

    Cell phone service in the United States is taken for granted.  However, 90% of the world's surface still lacks reliable cell phone coverage.  It's...