Matt SouvenyThis site is dedicated to enjoying the outdoors through lightweight backpacking, hiking, and other pursuits. It is a way to share my experiences with various gear, my trail adventures, and my thoughts on the outdoors industry.

These are not the opinions of an expert or a professional, but rather an average guy who does a great deal of research before purchasing equipment, puts it through some thorough usage, and enjoys writing on what works and what doesn’t.

I enjoy getting outdoors for almost any activity whether it be hiking, skiing, or attempting to climb, canoe, bike or kayak. In the past few years I’ve hiked on the far east of Canada in Gros Morne and on the opposite side of the country on the West Coast Trail and plenty in between.

In the past I’ve tended to hike with a large volume backpack and have packed more for comfort and perceived necessity. However, recently on hikes I’ve been trying to lower my carried weight and adopt more lightweight hiking principles. Through this site I hope to track my efforts to lower my pack weight while still maintaining comfort and safety in the woods.

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or would like to contact me for a product you would like tested or reviewed please send me an email:




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  1. hey guys…checked out your blog…love the disclaimer…looking good …keep up the great work & enjoy… wherever the trail leads you!

  2. while doing some research on a project, I came across your review of the o.r. nighthaven. excellent review that addressed every issue of the design. when the prototype of the shelter that I am in the process of designing gets beyond the inital field testing stage I will need a neutral 3rd party to evaluate the design. let me know if you’re interested.
    The shelter is, for all intents and purposes, a single-wall, floorless version of a tent that Sierra Designs had on the market back in the late 70s [when I was in high school]. The tent was called the Starlite. I collect rare tents and the crown jewel of my collection just happens to be an S.D. Starlite, so its kind of hard for me to be objective. In any event, the design on my drawing board is called the Lodgette. [Way back in the 60s the Dove Lodgette was a roof-mounted tent designed to fit on top of a VW Beetle.]

    1. Hi Douglas, I had no idea that they made a rooftop tent for the beetle, too cool! I’ve been away from Destination Outside for quite some time in order to pursue different projects, but when the time comes that you need some testers or evaluators certainly let me know and I’ll be able to give you a better idea on how much hiking time I have planned in order to thoroughly test it out.

      I’m always excited to see new lightweight shelters showing up on the market so good luck and I’ll keep my eyes open for it!

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