Gear Reviews

Review: Mountain Laurel Designs Soloomid XL

Design
Top Peak Vent- This is constantly open. But I’m not sure it makes that much of a difference in terms of condensation prevention. Condensation – As with all single-wall shelters, condensation can be an issue in some circumstances with the SoloMid XL. This can be addressed to variable degrees by picking a good campsite and leaving some room under the tent’s sides for better ventilation.¬†

Gear Reviews

Patagonia Baggies Shorts

Design
There are three pockets in total. Two side pockets and a snap pocket on the back. The latter is huge self-draining and have a loop connection on the right side of the 2019 model, which is perfect for hooking keys or a compass lanyard. Their vertical design is useful when fording deep rivers since it reduces drag in the water; it is also useful when swimming.
When wearing the Baggies, you may leave your undies at home. I’ve generally advocated going commando while hiking over the years, but I kept the liner in two of my three pairs of …