Tucker Ballister

Born in New Jersey but raised in the mountains of Truckee, CA, Tucker has been backpacking and hiking in the Sierras for more than a decade. He has also been guiding outdoor excursions just about as long. While it's cliche, many things that are cliche are true, and he believes the phrase "good gear makes all the difference" certainly falls under that distinction.

Outdoor Vitals NovaPro Jacket Review

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The Outdoor Vitals NovaPro Jacket brought excellent insulation and superior windbreaking capability to my outdoor adventures from the first moment I zipped it on. Let’s take a closer look at this super warm, extra comfortable insulated puffy jacket.  What I Love About the Outdoor Vitals NovaPro Jacket When the temps drop below freezing, I previously …

5 Patagonia Daypacks for Commuting and Hiking

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In this interview, Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia, offered some amazing advice, which included “Keep it simple, climb every mountain, cheaters never prosper, and ‘slow’ travel is important.” This is all advice I can support, which is why I’ve compiled 5 Patagonia daypacks for hiking and commuting. Patagonia Daypacks for Commuting The Fieldsmith Lid Daypack …