Q. I'd like to have a hammock to use at home. However, my backyard doesn't have any trees. What do I do?
Q. What's the best way to store Dutch ovens to keep them away from dirt and bugs and to stop rusting?
Q. My sleeping bag zippers always break off, and I don’t have any extra money to buy a new one. PLEASE HELP!!
I have an 8-person tent I got from Wal-Mart a few years ago. I really don't want to buy a new tent. How do you think it will do if it begins to rain?
Q. My feet always slip off my bicycle pedals so I was wondering what gear I should buy?
Hey Gear Guy, I need a good lightweight winter sleeping bag that won't set me back more than $100. Any suggestions?
I have a carabiner that says it can hold 21 kN. I know that's the amount of shock the clip can take, but what's the maximum constant weight that could be applied to it?
Where can I find a good backpack that includes a hydration bladder?
Dear Gear Guy, I love to go camping, but I never know what type of shirt I should wear. Any suggestions?
My dad gave me an old Marmot sleeping bag, and it has two small holes in it and some down feathers are coming out. The sleeping bag works just fine, but how do I stop the feathers from coming out?
Q. Hey Gear Guy, this question has been nagging me for so long: If I’m going backpacking should I wear boots with high ankles or ones with low ankles?
I need a new bicycle but I don't know if I should get a mountain bike or a road bike. What are the pros and cons of each type?
I have a summer pup tent, and whenever it rains, the tent leaks. What do I do?
Dear Gear Guy, I got bug spray all over the face of my watch and there is a dirty residue on the face of the watch. How do I remove it?
For a quick boil in camp, our JetBoil system has never failed us. So we're excited for the new-for-2015 JetBoil MiniMo system.
Q. Who makes a good hydration bladder for backpacks?
Q. Dear Gear Guy, Is it a good idea to wear steel-toed boots for hiking?
Q. I'm going on a backpacking trip and am wondering if I should get hiking poles or not.
When I'm kayaking, my paddle is always slipping through my hands. Can you help me?
I want to buy a camp saw that will really last. Something that can take a beating. It doesn’t need to be lightweight for packing since we usually drive to our campsites. Any suggestions?
Q. What should you pack in a daypack at Scout camp?
When and how should I sharpen my pocketknives?
Q. I'm going snowboarding and need to know: What's the correct way to pick the right-sized snowboard for me?
What is the best hat to hold in the heat while hiking in the snow or really cold weather?
I'm going to Northern Tier High Adventure Base this summer and need a pair of boots that can dry quickly. They need to be light, closed-toe, fast-drying and fast-draining, considering I might be walking in water. What's the best choice?
Q. I'm having problems with the stuff sack that holds my backpacking tent. It's wearing out on the bottom, and I was wondering what would fix it.
How can I find a good winter jacket for hiking at a good best price?
I am looking to buy a kayak but there are so many possibilities. Which one should I pick? Help me!
Q. Why are white gas stoves more versatile than butane, propane, or other canister stoves?
Q. Hello Gear Guy, My friends wear Under Armour with shorts and a T-shirt and say they are warm when it is 30 degrees out. Meanwhile I’m freezing with long johns and my uniform and a jacket on! I was considering buying Under Armour. They give me a choice of silk or polyester, which one keeps me warmer? Do you have suggestions of any other products besides Under Armour?
On winter hikes, my socks always seem to get wet and soggy. How can I prevent that?
The Rockboard Descender takes boarding into new territory -- whether it's pavement, grass or rocks -- in a crossover snowboarding/surfing kind of ride.
Q. I have a lot of gear at my house. But all of it is just shoved into a box in my closet. I wind up losing a lot of stuff and it looks horrible. Is there any cheap, easy and effective way I could organize it?
For affordability and performance, this Patagonia crew is great.
I bought the SOL Origin Survival Kit, but my friends told me this was a rip-off. Do you think it was worth it?
I want to buy a sailboat but don't want to break the bank. What is an affordable 35 to 40-foot boat with a nice cabin I can sleep in?
By now, you’ve probably heard about—or even tried—standup paddleboarding (SUP). If not, the basics are you stand on an oversized surfboard and stroke with a long canoe-like paddle.
Dear Gear Guy, Where do I go to find a cheap, good-quality hammock? I have been looking all over the Internet but I can't find one for under $100. Please help me.
In a survival situation, when you are all alone in the Northern Tundra with only a T-shirt and pants, what one thing would you want?
What kind of basic equipment do I need to go rock climbing with some friends?
If you've ever tripped over the guy lines of your tent in the dark, or gotten a little turned around on your way back to your tent after a midnight trip to the bathroom, then you know exactly why the StakeLight is so cool.
Q. Hey Gear Guy, I have a question for you. What’s the difference between waterproof and water-resistant? I see it on lots of outdoor gear but I’m not sure which is which.
When I’m camping, I hate having to get up in the middle of the night to go outside and pee. Sometimes it’s too cold or I’m nervous about what I might step on in the dark. What should I do?
I feel like a mosquito magnet. Seems like every time I go on outings with my troop, I'm the only one who gets bitten. What can I do? Help!
Q. Gear Guy, How do I prevent the nasty odor and taste that I get when I store my Nalgene bottle with the lid closed?
Watch as Eagle Scout Jon Almquist, who works for national outdoors retailer REI, shows you how to fit a backpack in this exclusive
Q. My Scout Troop took a four-day backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The mosquitoes were the biggest problem on the trip. I used several different bug sprays, and only one of them worked. But the one that worked only worked for about 15 minutes. What type of bug spray (preferably natural) could I use that would keep the mosquitoes away for at least an hour? Also, I’ve heard that there is clothing that keeps bugs away. How effective is this clothing?
My favorite rubber rain boots have a hole in the side. Now they aren't dry at all. They weren't really expensive, but I don't want to get new ones. How can I repair my boot? Please help.
It's a special day when "tastes good" and "mom-approved" can be used in the same sentence. And that's why we're stoked on Sharkies.
Q. My family has a great sit-on-top kayak and I love paddling it around the lake in the summer but my parents make me wear a lifejacket and my back gets totally sweaty and gross. Please help me!