Category Archives: How-To Tips & Gear Advice

Find out how to choose the right outdoor gear based on expert advice on the Sierra Social Hub. We offer tips on choosing the best backpack, hiking gear and outdoor products including hiking boots, trekking poles, day packs, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, waterproof jackets, layering and more. You’ll learn how to choose the best gear and how to improve your outdoor skills. Our gear tips and advice will prepare you for all of your outdoor adventures. You can hit the gym, trail or back country with confidence after reading our outdoor gear how-to tips and advice.

How Not to Prepare for a Successful Overnight Backpacking Trip


This spring, I teamed up with nine other bloggers to talk about mistakes we’ve made outdoors. I’ve made my fair share and had trouble narrowing it down to the five I covered on Adventure-Inspired. To be fair, there’s a significant learning curve with pursuits like rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, skiing, biking, and all of our other outdoor favorites. I’ve learned from my mistakes, for the most part, but there are anecdotes attached to each of these tips because I still make mistakes on a regular basis. Hopefully, you can learn from them and avoid them on your next backpacking trip! […]

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Preparing for the Worst Case Scenario


Most of us spend hours planning for our adventures but that doesn’t mean everything is going to go perfectly. Things get forgotten, Mother Nature rebels and wild animals get a little too friendly. We cannot prepare for every aspect of any given worst case scenario, but you can be prepared to survive any worst case scenario that comes your way. Here are a few tips to ensure you don’t make any of these deadly backpacking mistakes and make it back to your car, safely. 1. Read Trip Reports + Ask Questions You’ll know where you’re headed long before the day […]

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5 Bear Canister Use Tips

Bear Canister Tips

Bear canisters are an excellent way to protect your food in the backcountry. They are required in some national parks but even if they aren’t required they are still nice to have because they’re more reliable than hanging food and they provide a place for you to sit down. Follow these helpful tips to use your bear-resistant container correctly. Bear Canister Use Tips: Keep your bear canister away from camp: Before you go to bed place your bear-resistant container at least 75 adult steps away from your campsite. You’ll want to keep the smells of your food as far away from […]

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Improve Your Cycling With This Simple Tip

bike seat adjustment

Proper seat adjustment will ensure a comfortable ride and will help you pack on the miles more efficiently. Not sure how to adjust your saddle? Follow these simple tips to adjust your bike seat and improve your cycling experience. 1. Make sure that your bike seat is level- Simply loosen the seat clamp bolt, level the seat then tighten the bolt. 2. Adjust your seat height- The ideal seat height will give you just a slight bend in your knee at the bottom of your pedal stroke. Ideally, your leg will be at about 90% of full extension. See video […]

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How to Ride a Bike in a Paceline

Cycling tips

Solo rides are awesome. The wind in my face, watching the scenery fly by, setting my own pace, and conquering long distances on my own is what makes the cycling experience so enjoyable. Sharing that experience with a small group is even better. Riding with a small group, I can cover even longer distances because I use less energy at a time when I ride in a paceline. I’d venture out to say that knowing how to ride in a paceline is a skill any cyclist should have and is essential during cycling races. Here are a few pointers to […]

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Are You Making This Common Hiking Mistake?

hiking mistake

Hiking is basically walking, right? It’s easy. Anyone can do it but are you making this common mistake? Many hikers have discovered the advantages of using trekking poles but many people are using them incorrectly. Take a look at these two photos and decide which one is the correct way to hold a trekking pole. So what do you do? Reach into the strap and grab the pole or reach up through the strap then grab the pole? Photo two is correct. To get the best grip you want to start low and reach up through the strap then grab […]

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How to Maintain a Fishing Rod: Rod and Reel Maintenance

rod and reel maintenance

Landing that prize winning trout requires you to have a rod and reel set up that is in good condition. You can increase the longevity of a rod and reel and keep it performing at optimal level with just a few minutes of maintenance. Watch this quick video for tips on how to maintain a fishing rod. Rod and Reel Maintenance Do these quick things to keep your fishing rod in the best working condition: Clean the rod- Use a damp rag to wipe down the rod and remove any debris. Pay special attention to the guides as they are […]

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10 Fun Things To Do While Camping

Things to do while camping

Camping is one of my favorite things to do. I’m often asked by non-campers what we do all weekend. That question catches me off guard because we’re always so busy just doing whatever comes up. Whether you’re family camping with kids or just going with adults, here are 10 things to do while camping. 10 Things To Do While Camping 1. Throw Rocks – Seriously, you remember throwing rocks as a kid. It’s just as much fun now as it ever was. 2. Just hang out. Nothing is better than a little hammock time. Catch a well-deserved nap, collect your […]

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More Great Brands Made in the USA

Made in the USA

Back in January, I wrote a post introducing ten great brands offered by Sierra Trading Post that make products in the United States. With Labor Day coming up, I thought it might be a good time to showcase a few more American-made brands. If you’re familiar with any of these, give us a shout-out in the comments and tell us about your experience. You can also tell us about your favorite brand that didn’t make our list. Proof Eyewear: Sunglasses with Attitude Founded in 2011 by a young entrepreneur named Brooks Dame, Proof is a fashion eyewear brand based in […]

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Gear Testing: How Kelty Test and Designs Backpacks

kelty backpack testing

We love outdoor gear and are always looking for the best products. Have you ever thought about how outdoor gear is designed and tested? We called our friends at Kelty to see how they test their new backpack designs. They invited us to the Kelty backpack testing facility to see first hand how it’s done. Watch this video to see the tests Kelty uses to measure how comfortable their designs will be on the trail. Kelty has developed a way to simulate the distribution of force on the body when it’s carrying a fully loaded pack. This test helps them […]

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