Andrew Skurka

Andrew Skurka

Andrew Skurka is a professional backpacker and author of The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide.


Long-Term Review: Suunto 9 Baro

The Suunto 9 Baro is a legitimate flagship product—it improves upon or rivals the performance and features of previous generations, like the Ambit3 and Spartan.

Review: Spot X Satellite Messenger

The Spot X retails for $250, weighs 6.7 ounces, and features a 2.7-inch dot-matrix illuminated screen and physical QWERTY keyboard. It looks like an orange BlackBerry with an oversized antenna.

Review: Big Agnes Insulated AXL Pad

The Big Agnes Insulated AXL Air is a very lightweight and comfortable sleeping pad that is best suited for weight-conscious backpackers who want quality sleep in the backcountry.