Less different but better: Brand flip of Sierra Designs in 2018

By Andrew Skurka / May 21, 2017 /

Last week was the semi-annual sales meeting for Sierra Designs, during which shelters, sleeping bags, backpacks, apparel and accessories were shown to our domestic and international sales representatives. Most products will release in February 2018. Sierra Designs is a 52-year-old brand, and for decades was a dominant player in multiple categories. But due to a…

In Worcester & Framingham this week: Alaska-Yukon slideshow and Gear & Skills Clinic

By Andrew Skurka / April 10, 2017 /

While I’m in the Bay State this weekend to visit family and to binge on post-marathon pastries from Mike’s Pastry, I’ll also be making presentations in Worcester and Framingham. Details: Boy Scouts of America & Doherty HS Outdoor Club Thursday, April 13 7:00 PM Doherty Memorial High School 299 Highland Street Worcester, MA $8.50 in…

On the road, again || Clinics this week in NC & UT

By Andrew Skurka / March 19, 2017 /

This week I’m speaking in Asheville, NC and Sandy, UT. In both locations I will be giving a clinic on backpacking gear & skills. View event details. As an extra incentive to attend, I have these Sierra Designs coupons to distribute:

Worth a look: SD’s spring clearance, up to 50% off || And, High Route back in stock

By Andrew Skurka / February 26, 2017 /

First off, the High Route Tent is back in stock, as of Friday. If we sell through this inventory, we have a bigger batch arriving in early-April. Next, Sierra Designs is clearing out their inventory in advance of new arrivals. The High Route Tent and Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack are among the few items that…

Points of difference: First vs. Second Editions of the The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide

By Andrew Skurka / February 13, 2017 /

The upcoming release of the Second Edition of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide has prompted the obvious question: What are the points of difference between it and the First Edition? Or, more to the point, “If I already own the original, is the new version worth it?” In this post I will detail the changes. In…

Where to buy the Gear Guide outside the US

By Andrew Skurka / February 10, 2017 /

If you live in the US, you can easily find The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide. Take your pick: my website, Amazon, REI (online and stores), Barnes & Noble, and many local bookstores and outdoor retail stores. Outside the US, its availability is not as widespread, but it can still be tracked down. With this page I’d like…

First reviews are in. And free shipping.

By Andrew Skurka / February 9, 2017 /

Tomorrow I’m expecting a delivery of books, via freight on a pallet. I normally don’t buy thousands of dollars of inventory, but in this case I’m confident that I’ll sell through it quickly. Reviews of the second edition of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide, which is officially released March 7 but which might happen to arrive earlier, are…

Win it on Wednesday: Second Edition of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide

By Andrew Skurka / February 1, 2017 /

Let’s make someone’s Wednesday a good one! This is a raffle for the Second Edition of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide. It will be officially released on March 7, but you can pre-purchase it now on Amazon, or score a signed copy from my online store. Try before you buy. Download this 20-page preview. The Second Edition…

What would you ask Sierra Designs Sr. Director, Stephen Barnes?

By Andrew Skurka / January 19, 2017 /

On Wednesday I will interview Stephen Barnes, Sierra Designs Sr. Director, during a Virtual Happy Hour that we will broadcast via Facebook Live. I know what I want to ask him, but I want to know your questions, too. If you have one, leave a comment below. And then log onto the Sierra Designs Facebook page…

Must-reads: Most popular posts from 2016

By Andrew Skurka / January 1, 2017 /

I keep regular tabs on my website traffic, but probably don’t spend enough time studying it. So this annual “best of” list (see 2015’s) is about as revealing to me as to readers. In 2016 I was surprised by the persistent strength of old content, given my increased efforts to generate fresh material. Posts about breakfast & dinner recipes, female…