Ask the Gear Guy

    • Q. Hey Gear Guy! I am moving to an 85-acre farm soon and I’m looking for a pair of boots for hiking, fishing, hunting and riding my dirt bike across the farm. What would you recommend?

    • powerbait-200x148My dad and I go fishing a lot. We used to use PowerBait but we just didn’t catch anything. So we started using mealworms and we caught much more. But the next time we went fishing and the other fishermen were saying the fish were biting the PowerBait! My dad and I love catching trout but we don’t know what bait is best for that?

    • The wheels on my skateboard aren't spinning well anymore. Is there anything I can do to fix them or do I have to buy new wheels?

    • boots.jpgMy hiking boots smell terrible. Is there anything I can do to take care of that?

    • Q. Where can I get a spare bladder for my hydration pack (straw included)?

    • Q. That BioLite stove seems like a neat idea. But does it really work?

    • Q. Hey Gear Guy, I prefer the game of Ultimate Frisbee. But nobody knows anything about ultimate. There is no one to tell you what type of shoes to get or what type of disc to use. Could you please help?

    • Q. Hey Gear Guy, I love rock climbing a lot! But I don’t have my own gear. I want good quality gear but would like it at the cheapest price. I was wondering what brand I should buy and where I should buy it?

    • Q. What's better: a hiking shoe or a hiking boot?

    • If you follow the Gear Guy, then you know I LOVE headlamps. They're definitely one of the handiest things you can carry in your pack. And I've really been digging a new one I've been testing called the LED Lenser H7.

    • Q. How do I keep my clothes dry whenever I am in the water?

    • Do you recommend a propane-canister or liquid-fuel backpacking stove? I've heard good things about both, and I'm unsure about which one I should bring to Philmont Scout Ranch.

    • Q. Dear Gear Guy, Whenever I get a new pair of shoes the stuffing in the backside of the ankle goes away. I just got a new pair of boots about a month ago, and it’s already happened. Why is that? I have no idea. Please help?

    • The Vapur Element has to be the coolest, handiest new water bottle we’ve tested. But, here’s the catch: It’s not actually a bottle.

    • Q. I like to go small-boat sailing. I think that it is fun and educational. What kind of boat do you recommend for use on a lake?

    • Q. Hi Gear Guy, I like skateboarding. I think it is fun. Do you have a skateboard? If you do, is it a longboard or a regular board? I live in Indiana; where could I get an inexpensive longboard? Thanks for your time.

    • Q. Hey Gear Guy, which devices (other than a traditional whetstone) can I use to sharpen my knife? How well do they work?

    • Q. I'd like to buy a mountain skateboard. What kind of board would you recommend for me?

    • Finally, there's a global positioning system receiver with a bright, full-color screen and an affordable price tag.

    • Q. Hello Gear Guy, I just got a new tent. What can I do to make sure it lasts me the longest amount of time possible?

    • Q. Dear Gear Guy, I’m going on a Bluenose camping trip and was having trouble finding the right gear. What are some good brands for warm clothes that are also affordable?

    • If you and your buddies have ever dreamed of turning your tent into a disco, this is exactly what you need!

    • Q. What's the best and easiest way to tie something down? My dad is always showing me different knots, but they are so hard I can never remember them.

    • Q. How do I properly store and care for my camping equipment?

    • Q. Which is better for camping, a duffel or a backpack?

    • Q. We were on day two of a six-day backpacking trip when my buddy badly sliced the tip of his finger. The injury probably needed stitches, but we were a two-day walk from the trailhead. I know we were supposed to be prepared, and we got him bandaged up pretty well, but I know we could have done more. What, Gear Guy, would you have done?

    • Q. I’ve heard of sleeping bags that have arms and legs, so you can move around in them. Are these bags worth it?

    • Q. I am a Scout from New Zealand, and we struggle with keeping our Scout group’s canvas tents waterproof — they are pretty old. How can we make them waterproof?

    • Q. Hi Mr. Gear Guy. I saw a sleeping bag in Boys’ Life. It is called Cub Scout lightweight bag and says Cub Scouts on the actual sleeping bag. Where can I purchase that bag? Thanks!

    • Q. I have a 45-degree Lafuma mummy sleeping bag and a 15-degree liner to go with it, so it becomes a 30-degree bag. My dad says I’ll be fine in the cold, but I’m not so sure. It gets pretty cold in the tri-state area. What do you think I should do?