Drew Zieff

Drew Zieff The Spruce

Drew Zieff is a writer specializing in the great outdoors and great outdoor gear. He writes about home and lawn products for The Spruce and has tapped his gear expertise to write for publications like Popular Mechanics and Outside Magazine.


  • Drew has written for The Spruce since 2021.
  • He earned a B.A. in International Political Economics from Colorado College.
  • His work has been featured in Popular Mechanics, Outside Magazine, Backcountry Magazine, and REI, among others.


Drew got a crash course in home improvement when he and his partner bought a gutted plumbing van in 2018 and converted it into a cabin on wheels. A gear nerd, he directs Backcountry Magazine’s splitboard test and Outside Magazine’s snowboard test. He also writes about the outdoors, vanlife, travel, adventure, and action sports for publications like Popular Mechanics, REI, Gear Junkie, and Gear Patrol, among others. Check out his van build and his latest adventures on Instagram.


Drew graduated from Colorado College—where he snuck into every creative writing class he could—with a B.A. in International Political Economics in 2014.

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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