Category Archives: Gear Guide

The go-to place for rants and raves about gear we’ve used and abused, liked and loved. And don’t worry, I don’t like reading long reviews either, so I try to keep them short for you!

Luv Bug Sun Protection Blanket Review (+Giveaway July 25-August 8)

Luv Bug Sun Protection Blanket Review - mamanonthetrail.com

I received this item at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.  Summer is in full swing around here! This means lots of extra time outside soaking up the sunshine! Except that we don’t want to soak up the sun, not really. My sore peeling shoulders and Huckleberry’s very pink cheeks can tell you why we… Read more »

12 Reasons to Love Merino Wool All Year Long

luvmother Merino Wool Review - mamanonthetrail.com

We love merino wool! We love it for base layers and pyjamas. We love it in our hiking socks. We love it as underwear or in diaper covers . It is such a versatile material with benefits galore. We especially love it in the backcountry and we definitely love it all year long. By now you might be asking what’s the… Read more »

Eclypse II Backpacking Hammock Review (+Giveaway July 14-28)

Eclypse II Backpacking Hammock Review - mamanonthetrail.com

I received this item at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.  You need a backpacking hammock! Seriously, stop wasting your time reading this review and go buy one now! I’ll even save you the trouble of shopping around – the Eclypse II Backpacking Hammock from Tiny Big Adventure is lightweight, versatile, durable and inexpensive. It… Read more »

KEEN Footwear for the Hiking Family (+Giveaway July 10-23)

KEEN Footwear Review - mamanonthetrail.com

I received these items at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.  The last time we bought hiking boots was in early 2012, right before a month-long car-camping trip in the Maritimes that had us hiking over 200km in all sorts of terrain. Since then, we’ve put easily another 400km on those boots. We took well… Read more »

Kirby’s Custom Paracord Leash & Collar Review (+ Giveaway July 7-21)

REM Designs Paracord Leash & Collar Review - mamanonthetrail.com

I received these items at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.  Kirby the Trail Dog doesn’t often get doted on these days. He still tags along on all of our adventures, but our attention is elsewhere. Don’t feel too sorry for him though, because even if we don’t spoil him rotten the way we used… Read more »

The Ultimate Nursing Bra for the Hiking Mom (+Giveaway July 5-19)

Hotmilk Yoga Nursing Bra Review - mamanonthetrail.com

I received this item at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.  When we first decided to start a family, I didn’t realize just how difficult it would be for me to find clothing that supported our, apparently “unique” lifestyle choices. It seems to me that there is an abundance of quality maternity and nursing clothing… Read more »

Bummis Splash Swimwear Review (+Giveaway June 21-July 4)

Bummis Splash Swimwear Review - mamanonthetrail.com

I received these items at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.  Summer is here and it’s officially “swim outside” season! The backyard pool, the beach, the splash pad, the cottage – we get up to a lot of swimming once the sun gets hot and the water is not so icy. My biggest complaint about… Read more »

WHEAT Rain Jacket & Overall Review (+ Giveaway June 8-21)

WHEAT Canada rain set review - mamanonthetrail.com

I received these items at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.  We are big proponents of the one-piece rain suit. We tend to just throw one on over whatever Huckleberry happens to be wearing, for rainy days and romping around. We leave one at daycare all the time. We even paired one with an insulation… Read more »

HydroBlu Water Bottle & Filter Review (+ Giveaway May 30-June 12)

HydroBlu Water Filter Review - mamanonthetrail.com

I received these items at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.  Did you know that 1L of water weighs 1kg? We typically carry a full 3L Camelbak hydration bladder* each when we hike into the backcountry for an overnight stay. That means we are carrying 6kg just in water. For me, carrying 3kg of water… Read more »

Mother’s Day Gear Guide 2017 (Review Roundup)

Mother's Day Gear Guide 2017 - mamanonthetrail.com

Mother’s Day is just a week away, and if you’re anything like me, you haven’t found something for your own mother nor have you given your partner (or children) any direction as to what you’d like. So here are some ideas based on reviews I’ve done in the past year. The items in this “Mother’s Day Gear Guide” have all… Read more »

ParrotFish Jewelry Co. Teething Accessories Review (+ Giveaway May 3-17)

ParrotFish Jewelry Co. Teething Accessories - mamanonthetrail.com

I received these items at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.  Mitten weather is officially over and Huckleberry’s hands have been busy in the carrier! Anyone else familiar with the hair-pulling, neck massages, shoulder pats and hand chewing associated with a busy baby on your back? We were so happy when Katarina of ParrotFish Jewelry… Read more »

Chloe by Momzelle: a Nursing Top for Active Moms

Chloe by Momzelle a nursing top for active moms - mamanonthetrail.com

I received this item at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.  Finally, a comfortable, breathable, versatile top for the mom who breastfeeds on the trail! And, for all you pregnant mamas out there, there’s even room for your growing belly! Meet Chloe , one of the most recent additions to Momzelle’s line of breastfeeding apparel, and… Read more »

12 Reasons Why Baby Sign Language is for You

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12 Reasons Why Baby Sign Language is for You - mamanonthetrail.com

I received this item at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.  Have you heard of Baby Sign Language before and thought “That’s not for me”? The first time that I heard of it, I had that same thought. I thought “Shouldn’t I focus on speaking? No one in my family uses sign language.” However, the second… Read more »