Author: Jo Ostgarden

Review: Balega Quarter Socks

[wp-review id=”7155″] Functionality Reinforced cushioned heels and toes make for a very comfortable (and durable) socks. Both models feature a seamless but structured ultralight arch support panel. Like the proprietary “Sensitive Rib” ankle bands...

Review: Sierra Designs Elite Cagoule and Elite Chaps

[wp-review id=”7165″] Functionality Protection, breathability and packability are the very definition of functionality when it comes to this raingear combo. Bypassing the usual high-tech waterproof/breathable membrane with vents design, Sierra Design focused on simplicity...

An Outdoors Embrace is A Women’s Place

It’s seems like a cliché to say at this point: “You go, girl!” But at Gearographer, we think it bears repeating over and over. As Kristin Hostetter, the former long-time gear editor at Backpacker...

Get Up on Down

Revolutionary developments aimed at improving the enduring insulation we know as “down fill” are helping make traveling light and staying dry a lot easier. As you consider replacing your old bag with one filled...

Repair Tool Gets Your Zippers Up and Running

Repair Tool Gets Your Zippers Up and Running

The TLDR Version: A simple replacement zipper slider that repairs zippers without tools or sewing. It works great for some applications, but not all. Buy the 3-pack ($24.99). It’s the best deal and will...

Battery Power Simplifies Water Filtering

Field Test ★★★ There are good reasons this is the number one best-selling portable UV purifier of all time. It’s super efficient. But there are a couple of drawbacks to battery-operated water purification systems. One...

Top Gear Picks Under $50 for Adventurists

Looking for some new gear to kickstart your next adventure or as a gift for the hiker, backpacker, backcountry skier or adventurist on your list? Here’s our list of sure-to-please affordable picks. SnowPeak GigaPower Stove $39.95...

Review: Radical Wearable Sleeping Bag

Field Testing Parameters The bag was tested in 18°F, 22°F, 35°F and 65°F ambient outside temperatures. For this report, the results are limited to a five-night backpacking trip involving 25°F temps with 5-10 mph...

Review: The Vasque Inhaler GTX and LaSportiva Synthesis Mid GTX

Review: The Vasque Inhaler GTX and LaSportiva Synthesis Mid GTX

Many people are convinced that traditional heavy-duty, ankle-high boots are an absolute necessity for anything longer than a few days of backpacking—mostly, the argument goes, to stabilize ankles and ensure adequate traction on rocky trails....

Review: Bolle Everglades model no. 11790

Functionality ★★★★ Bollé has long been a leader in functional, fair-priced eyewear, featuring stylish aesthetics and premium technologies. The Everglades model exemplifies this tradition: The frame is designed with a 60mm eye size, 17mm...