In October 2011, Andrew Forsthoefel walked out of his back door in Pennsylvania and started walking west, taking only what he could carry on his back. His project, called “Walking to Listen,” is to see the country at a walking pace, taking in the sights, the sounds and the stories.
We outfitted Andrew with this year’s most promising gear to see if it could hold up to the rigors of month after month on the road. When we last heard from Andrew, he was making his way through Louisiana. When he got around to writing this review, hewas striding through the plains of eastern Texas, where he paused to tell us about Deuter's Aircontact 55+10, which has carried his gear halfway across the United States.