Meet Our Reader Gear Testers! Part III

This week we introduce you to Mike Smoke.

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This is our third installation of “Meet the Gear Testers.” Check out Mike’s bio and feel free to leave a comment about what you want to see him test.


I have been an outdoor enthusiast all my life; from hiking to climbing, skiing to surfing, fishing to hunting, I enjoy a broad array of outdoor activities. I have hiked, backpacked, or otherwise enjoyed outdoor activities in 15 countries on 5 continents. I have been lucky enough to live and work in many beautiful places to include state and national parks in 3 states, and look forward to a long career in the outdoors.

Meet our other Gear Testers:

Katie Venable

Merrill McCauley & Dan Larson