Category: Gear Test

Australian Geographic Adventure

Tested: Osprey Syncro 20

For most mountain bikers, a hydration backpack should be as small as they can get away with; lugging any additional weight or bulk on a blast around your local trails can be a pain. But, when you want to go further and longer (think: overnight/weekend), you will need a pack that allows you to take extra gear without being too big and cumbersome.

Gear Test

Tested: Kathmandu Mono Tent v2

There are few things better than hiking solo – especially if it’s an overnight escape; packing a few essentials into your pack – food, water, stove, sleeping gear – is the true definition of simplicity. Of course, besides all this gear, you also need a shelter. Ideally, this shelter must be light in weight but still robust enough to withstand those often-wild spring/summer/autumn storms we can cop on the east coast of Australia. Finding that combo of lightweight and tough construction, however, isn’t always easy.