Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Hiking & Camping Faculty

Steve Conney

Steve Conney

Snowshoes

Park City's mayor of powder.

Leah Gallant

Leah Gallant

Hiking & Camping

Leah tests hiking boots, running bras, and hiking apparel in central New Mexico. 

Kraig Becker

Kraig Becker

News Editor

Kraig Becker is the Gear Institute's news editor. He is also a freelance writer and world traveler who covers mountaineering expeditions, polar exploration, adventure travel, and of course outdoor gear.

Dan Nash

Dan Nash

Hiking & Camping

Dan Nash has used his 25 years of extensive hiking, backpacking and mountaineering experience, to test outdoor gear on five continents in all types of environmental conditions. Dan has been writing reviews for over five years and loves educating about the outdoors.

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers

Hiking & Camping

Frederick Reimers was the editor of Canoe and Kayak Magazine from 2007-09 and has been writing for Outside, Men's Journal, Skiing and Powder ever since.

Craig Rowe

Craig Rowe

Hiking & Camping

Guide, Sin City resident and creator of the HikeClimbSurfRun blog, Craig Rowe is the Gear Institute's chief camping cookware tester.

Ryan Stuart

Ryan Stuart

Skiing, Hiking & Camping

If you lived on the trails of rainy Vancouver Island, and worked as a gear editor, you'd get to know your jackets pretty darn well, too.

Rich Owings

Rich Owings

GPS devices

Rich is editor of GPSTracklog.com, the leading consumer GPS site in the U.S.

Nick LeFort

Nick LeFort

Hiking & Camping

A skilled custom knife-maker, LeFort is a known abuser of multitools and edged steel.

Jack Dant // Altimeter Watches and Headlamp Tester

Jack Dant

Altimeter Watches, Headlamps

Santa Fe ski patroller and guide Jack Dant tests altimeter watches and headlamps for the Gear Institute. 

Lawrence Landauer

Lawrence Landauer

Hiking Boots

An avid backpacker, Lawrence Landauer leads hikes, snowshoe trips, and backpacks for the Seattle and Foothills Mountaineers, and conducts outdoor leadership, backpacking, and hiking classes near his hometown of Seattle.

Christopher Cogley

Christopher Cogley

Hiking & Camping

Christopher Cogley is a freelance writer who spends as much time as possible biking, hiking, camping, and exploring the outdoor playground of Western Colorado where he lives with his wife and two boys.

Kayleen VanderRee

Kayleen VanderRee

Hiking & Camping

Kayleen is from Vancouver Island so naturally has a love for both the ocean and the mountains. On any weekend you can find her anywhere from sea to sky and of course testing gear.

Mattie Schuler

Mattie Schuler

Hiking

A runner, hiker, yogi, snowboarder, and adventure journalist, Mattie Schuler lives in Boulder, Colorado, where her apartment is slowly being overcome by gear. 

Mike M.

Hiking and Camping

Mike works for LifeView Outdoors, an outdoor gear shop located in Nashville, TN. Open since 2005, the retail outlet not only provides great gear for outdoor enthusiasts, but also delivers award-winning educational content to people like you, as well as schools across the United States. Find out more at LifeViewOutdoors.com.

Daniela R Liscio

Daniela R Liscio

Hiking & Camping

Daniela Liscio, our women’s sleeping bag tester, is an attorney and the Founder and President of Eat for Sport LLC. When she isn’t running her business, she is chasing adventures whether down into ocean depths, up into mountains, or anything in between. 

Scott Morris

Scott Morris

Hiking & Camping

Scott Morris guides backpacking expeditions and hiking trips for Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. He is a writer, traveler, and runner. Scott tests backpacking equipment. 

David Lottmann

David Lottmann

Hiking & Camping

David is a self proclaimed snow & navigation geek and teaches all aspects of climbing and avalanche safety for Eastern Mountain Sports Schools in North Conway, NH. He tests GPS's for the Gear Institute.

Adrianne Bouchard

Adrianne Bouchard

Hiking & Camping

Adrianne Bouchard is a triathlete, skier, backpacker and lover of all things outdoors based in the Tahoe area.

Mike Summers

Mike Summers

Climbing

Mike Summers is an avid hiker, cyclist, climber, and outdoor enthusiast. While exploring America’s best outdoor spaces, Mike has developed an intimate relationship with his gear systems, allowing him to stay safe and comfortable in an otherwise forbidding environment. When he’s not exploring, you can find him sharing insights and chronicling his journeys at improbablebutpossible.com.

Seiji Ishii

Seiji Ishii

Climbing

Seiji Ishii works as a trainer to professional supercross/motocross riders, adventure based motorcycle testing contributor at multiple outlets, and as an AMGA certified rock climbing guide/instructor for White Star Mountain Guides/Austin Rock Gym. His personal time is spent rock climbing, any form of dirt biking, cycling, and training for the next mountaineering adventure.

Jordan Martindell

Jordan Martindell

Travel, Hiking & Camping

Jordan Martindell is a travel writer and editor based in Colorado. She loves gear that makes adventure enjoyable and comfortable. She lives in Boulder, CO with her husband and daughter. 

Lawrence DiVizio

Lawrence DiVizio

Hiking & Camping

Lawrence DiVizio  is a photojournalist, writer, and editor who has written and lectured extensively on backpacking and backcountry travel. When he isn't out testing gear on a solo trip, odds are he will be found working on a wildlife video or cooking over an open fire.

Brian Miller

Brian Miller

Hiking

Brian Miller has been hiking, climbing and skiing in the Colorado Rockies for the last 15 years. Despite all the gear in his closet, his most prized possessions are his fold out chair, flip flops and a cold IPA after a long, rewarding day in the hills.

Nathan Borchelt

Nathan Borchelt

Hiking

Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel and adventure writer and photographer living in Washington, DC, where he strains his wife's patience daily by acquiring more outdoor gear than their one-bedroom apartment can hold.