Gear Review By Bjorn Dihle When Ditale, an outdoors women’s clothing company, reached out to me about testing their Sofia Adventure Pants, my wife, MC, happened to be looking over my shoulder. I felt weird at the idea of reviewing women’s clothing, so, luckily MC was happy to take the task on herself. She loves Sofia Adventure Pants. They’re clearly high quality, and are warm in cool conditions, breathable, and rain-resistant—all prized qualities in southeast Alaska’s cool, rainy, temperate rainforest. She’s worn them hiking, sledding, foraging, fishing, and kid-wrangling (which is a part of most her activities) and is planning to wear them hunting when Sitka blacktail season kicks off. They have several big pockets, including the typical hand-sized front pockets and big, snap-closed pockets at about mid-thigh that are handy for things you might want easy access to and have proven handy multiple times. She was initially afraid they…
For most of my life I’ve believed there’s no better overall camp stove than the MSR XGK. However, I recently began using the MSR Dragonfly Stove and I’m not so sure anymore. I was surprised to learn the Dragonfly is capable of burning multiple types of fuel. While I have only burned white gas in mine, this option really increases the stove’s versatility for trips to places where white gas is not available. It’ll take about 130 minutes for the Dragonfly to get through a 20-ounce bottle of white gas in temperatures above freezing. Fuels like unleaded gas and diesel really gunk up a stove, but the Dragonfly is easy to clean. It burns almost as hot as the XGK, but it offers more cooking opportunities with its extra wide support and, most importantly, with a flame you can lower to a simmer for cooking foods like pancakes or a…
Drew Hamilton, a guide who’s led bear viewing trips for more than 20 years, shares the gear he carriers.
Gear editor Bjorn Dihle says he used this tent in some of the wettest and coldest conditions in southeast Alaska and it held up.
Frank E. Baker shares 13 outdoor mistakes he’s made during half a century of exploring Alaska that you can avoid.
Steve Kurian, a Bristol Bay fisherman and the co-owner of Wild for Salmon and Pride of Bristol Bay, shares the gear he uses on the water.
Gear editor Bjorn Dihle recommends a paid of chest waders for any fishermen, boat enthusiast, or general Alaska wanderer.
Libby Libbey is a wildlife photographer with a passion for working with moose and loons. See the gear she uses in the field.
Shockproof and waterproof, these binoculars are made for heavy field use. They also do well in low light and are durable.
Bjorn Dihle highly recommend this pack for outdoorsy parents or people who want to get a good baby gift for a parent-to-be who loves the woods and mountains.