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Wes Parrell

Wes Parrell


Wes Parrell’s professional outdoor experience spans more than 20 years as a Search and Rescue K9 handler, survival skills instructor, wilderness guide, and military journalist. Reporting on and field-testing gear to keep you at your best when things are at their worst is his specialty.

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Enlightened Equipment’s Enigma Quilt let us sleep warm and pack light

The Enigma from Enlightened Equipment is the ideal minimalist quilt when weight and simplicity are critical on the trail.
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Rungu Juggernaut: Our First Take

The 90-pound Juggernaut looks like the perfect blend of a motocross bike and a Jeep, boasting the ability to tame the toughest of trails.
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If you get lost without cell service, these 3 gadgets that may just save your life

Distress beacons have been used for decades, but have only recently have become available for personal use. Here are our favorite models.
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Plan out your weekend excursions with Bivy, an online adventure planner

Bivy helps people find, track, and share a variety of outdoor adventures. It includes adventures types such as hiking, biking, or climbing.
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We took the Mule Light V2 on an overnighter in the woods to put its illumination to the test

A unique multi-functional flashlight that touts a package of functionality and energy efficiency with nontoxic strontium aluminate crystals.
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Ino Technologies Weather Pro lightning detector review

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Hook + Gaff’s watch is so multifunctional, rugged James Bond should wear one

Hook + Gaff’s new Sportfisher II Moonphase has the perfect blend of fashion and function, and is so durable James Bond should wear one.
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Before you get lost, grab the right gear to get found

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In search and rescue, tech can make the difference between life and death