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Designing a better way with Sierra Designs

By Andrew Skurka / February 15, 2015 / 42 Comments

Unless you read outdoor industry press releases or saw me last month at the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Salt Lake City, you probably missed the news that I’ve partnered with Sierra Designs. This is not a new relationship, as I’ve been consulting for them on-and-off since 2012, but starting this year I will take on a greater…

Types of backpacking shelters: pros & cons || SD LIVE (Feb 19, 2015)

By Andrew Skurka / March 2, 2015 / 6 Comments

In last month’s SD LIVE event, I discussed the pros and cons of common backpacking shelters — specifically double-wall tents, single-wall tents, tarp systems, bivy sacks, and hammocks. My presentation was a relatively unbiased assessment of the available options, and also intentionally brand- and product-neutral. While I definitely prefer some shelter types over others (refer to my…

Needed: Portland-based female model for Sierra Designs live event

By Andrew Skurka / March 11, 2015 / 0 Comments

For the next SD Live online event on Tuesday, March 31 — which will focus on techniques to deal with rain — we need a Portland-based female to model some Sierra Designs rain wear. The filming time is still TBD, but plan to be available for 2-3 hours sometime between mid-morning and mid-afternoon. The location is in…

Sometimes it rains. Next SD LIVE event: Tues, Mar 31

By Andrew Skurka / March 23, 2015 / 3 Comments

The next SD LIVE online event will air at 11:30 am PDT on Tuesday, March 31. I will start it off by sharing a series of tips I’ve learned about backpacking in the rain — foot care, fire starting, campsite selection, gear selection, etc. In the second half, Michael Glavin, the Brand Manager of Sierra…

Backpacking in the rain: helpful gear and skills|| SD LIVE (March 31, 2015)

By Andrew Skurka / April 7, 2015 / 25 Comments

In last month’s SD LIVE event, I discussed multiple ways to help maintain a relative level of comfort and safety when backpacking in the rain. Some methods are simply a matter of packing differently or packing more: sleeping clothes, camp shoes, breathable footwear, group tarp, down insulation, and a pack liner. Other methods are techniques:…

Sleeping well in the backcountry. Next Sierra Designs LIVE event, Tues May 12.

By Andrew Skurka / May 5, 2015 / 3 Comments

The next Sierra Designs LIVE event will broadcast on Tuesday, May 12 at 11:30 am PDT. Register for the event and tune in here. Our topic will be: Sleeping well in the backcountry. This is a challenge for many, and I plan to offer a series of tips — related to campsite selection, hydration and…

Live near Boulder and a size Large? Sierra Designs needs you.

By Andrew Skurka / May 15, 2015 / 0 Comments

Sierra Designs is a looking for a fit model. Details and an application below. Requirements Reside within a commutable distance to the Sierra Designs headquarters in northeast Boulder, Colorado (Gunbarrel) Male Size Large for tops, per SD sizing. Ideally, 44-inch chest and 34-inch waist. Work + compensation About four office visits per month, for about 2 hours…

Tips for quality sleep in the backcountry || SD LIVE (May 12, 2015)

By Andrew Skurka / June 4, 2015 / 9 Comments

SD Live: Sleeping Comfortably in the Backcountry from Sierra Designs on Vimeo. In our May episode of SD LIVE, Sierra Designs Brand Manager Michael Glavin and I shared our tips for getting quality sleep in the backcountry. This topic should be of great interest — I know many backpackers, especially first-timers and beginners, struggle to…

Job Posting: “Mad scientist” with Exxel Outdoor’s Advanced Development Center

By Andrew Skurka / June 30, 2015 / 0 Comments

Exxel Outdoors — formerly American Rec, and the parent company of Sierra Designs, Ultimate Direction, Kelty, among other brands — has a job opening in its Advanced Development Center. The ADC is tasked with developing many of the “mad scientist” projects that eventually trickle down into tangible products. As one example, the ADC did the earliest prototyping for…

Exclusive 25% off discount on my four favorite Sierra Designs products

By Andrew Skurka / July 1, 2015 / 22 Comments

Through Monday, July 6, Sierra Designs is offering a 20% sitewide discount on tents, sleeping bags, men’s apparel, and women’s apparel. But my readers get even more love: take 25% off! Since I partnered with Sierra Designs earlier this year, I’ve had the opportunity to test out many of its products, both current and future. Here…