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Post-Trip Cleanup: Caring for Your Gear

June 30, 2022 / Will Babb / Gear Guide

The return from a trip is usually just as chaotic as the frenzied packing. Inevitably, we get home late at night with commitments the following morning. Post-trip cleanup simply doesn’t happen the way we intend. But take a step back from the bedlam, slow down, and think about how you care for your gear when the trails have been trekked and the rivers run. After all, properly cleaning and storing our equipment will keep it in prime condition for our next adventure. If you’ve thrown out the care guide for your latest investment, here’s what I recommend for post-trip cleanup and long-term care.

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The right gear care can keep your rain jacket working properly for endless adventures.

Demystifying the Rain Shell: Hydrostatic Head and MVTR

May 24, 2022 / Dalton Spurlin / Gear Guide

We’ve all experienced that sinking feeling when cold raindrops start to seep through our rain jacket. I thought this was waterproof? Why am I getting wet? What does waterproof even mean? Aren’t all rain jackets waterproof? If that’s the case, why are some ten times as expensive as others? The answer to each of those questions may be the same: hydrostatic head.

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Staff Gear Favorites: Part 3

May 2, 2022 / Will Babb / Gear Guide, RRT Outdoor Adventures

Your favorite piece of gear can be like a good friend. You might only see it a few times each year, but it can feel like no time has passed. RRT’s staff has many gear favorites; here are some pieces in particular that have won our affection year after year.

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GORE-TEX, PFCs, and Pollution: Harmful Chemicals In Outdoor Gear

April 24, 2022 / Will Babb / Gear Guide, Outdoor Education

Rain jackets, boots, gloves, and other equipment made using high-performing GORE-TEX waterproofing have historically contained PFAS and PFOS. For those, like me, that aren’t chemically literate, this essentially means that waterproof materials are made with harmful chemicals.

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Staff Gear Favorites: Part 2

March 31, 2022 / Will Babb / Gear Guide, RRT Outdoor Adventures

Your favorite piece of gear can be like a good friend. You might only see it a few times each year, but it can feel like no time has passed. RRT’s staff has many gear favorites; here are some pieces in particular that have won our affection year after year.

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Staff Gear Favorites: Part 1

March 2, 2022 / Bryan Wolf / Gear Guide, RRT Outdoor Adventures

Your favorite piece of gear can be like a good friend. You might only see it a few times each year, but it can feel like no time has passed. RRT’s staff has many gear favorites; here are some pieces in particular that have won our affection year after year. 

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Finding the Best Kayak Rack

February 23, 2022 / Ben Shaw / Gear Guide, Watersports

As the weather warms up, many of you are either getting back out on the water or contemplating your first boat. Inevitably, part of the buying process is considering how you’ll transport that boat from home to water. Finding the best kayak rack can be challenging, so I’ll break down some of the differences in […]

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Six Steps to Buying your First Kayak

February 16, 2022 / Bryan Wolf / Gear Guide, Watersports

A simplified look at buying a kayak and getting the most for your money. RRT is your go to resource for getting on the water.

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Gear Review: Zoleo Satellite Communicator

July 5, 2021 / Ben Shaw / Backpacking, Gear Guide, Thru-Hiking

The Zoleo is a two way satellite communication device. It pairs with your smart phone via Bluetooth and an extremely intuitive app available on iOS and Android. 

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Down vs. Synthetic Outerwear

January 7, 2021 / Will Babb / Backpacking, Gear Guide

Comparing down versus synthetic insulation in outdoor outerwear

If you ever want to waste an hour of your time, ask a gear junkie about the difference between down and synthetic, sit back, and listen to a monologue about the pros and cons of each. If that doesn’t sound like the best use of your time, spend a few minutes reading the rest of this blog for a brief overview of anything you might need to know. I’ll start off by defining a few things, dispelling a few myths, and sharing some key pieces of information.

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