Category: Trail

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: Keen UNEEK Sandals

Comfort and durability. It is hard to get both of these in a sandal. Most sandals try and do one or the other, but the Keen UNEEK tries to bridge that gap. How successful is...

Review: Showers Pass Rogue Hoodie

Functionality: ★★★★★ The Rogue Hoodie is the ideal outer layer for the spring and fall months. The three-layer waterproof softshell Artex material means that this jacket will keep you nice and dry, while still being...

Review: HiTec Valkerie i Waterproof

My feet are short and wide with no arch, and my ankles have been sprained more than I’d like. This means I need boots which are really wide, don’t have that obnoxious “arch support”...

Review: Icebreaker Sprite Racerback Sports Bra

Functionality: ★★★★★ My old running and yoga sports bras just weren’t cutting it on my winter mountain adventures. Despite being made from so-called sweat wicking fabrics, they clung onto moisture, leaving me wet and cold...

Review: Aether Anorak

Functionality ★★★★★ If you type the word “Anorak” into a Greenlandic translator, the definition that you find is, “a waterproof jacket, typically with a hood, of a kind originally used in polar regions.” and I...

Review: Vasque Arrowhead Ultradry Boot

Functionality ★★★★★ Whether you’re an Arctic adventurer or backyard winter explorer the Vasque Arrowhead Ultradry boot will not only keep your feet ultra dry but also ultra warm. There is nothing worse than wet...

Review: Dakine Women’s Covert Glove

Dakine is an outdoor backpack and gear brand that produces gear mainly for alternative sports such as snowboarding, surfing, biking and skating. Avid cyclists know a quality glove is essential to keep hands warm...

Review: Outdoor Research Superlayer Jacket

Functionality ★★★★★ Outdoor Research has hit the jack pot with their Superlayer jacket! This jacket is made with an active PirmaLoft insulation which is non-migratory. Which apparently doesn’t just apply to birds. Since the insulation doesn’t move...

Review: Super.Natural Base Layer

Functionality ★★★★★ When the Super.Natural Base Layer showed up in the office, one of the first things I noticed was its “odor resistant” claims. Sure it’s made of 48 percent anti-stinking merino wool but I was...

Review: Saxx Blacksheep Long John Fly

If you’re planning on spending some time in the snow this winter, a good pair of long underwear is an absolute must. Gentlemen, behold the ultimate pair of long underwear. They offer the usual...

Review: Mountain Hardwear Women’s Sultana Pant

Functionality ★★★★★ I swear these are just as stretchy as yoga pants.  But they are incredibly substantial.  The design is nice and simple without a lot of bells and whistles.  There are no back pockets...

Review: Native Eyewear Haskill

Functionality ★★★★ The Native Eyewear Haskill is the perfect sunglass for chilling at the crag or flying across the country. In short terms, you can do what you want and be who you want when...

Review: Sierra Designs DriDown Hoody

In the realm of outdoor gear, synthetic insulation has come a long way over the past two decades. Unfortunately, its warmth to weight ratio remains steep. Down, made from the plumage of geese (premium,...

Review: Sierra Designs DriDown Backcountry Bed

In the realm of outdoor gear, synthetic insulation has come a long way over the past two decades. Unfortunately, its warmth to weight ratio remains steep. Down, made from the plumage of geese (premium,...

Review: Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket

Outdoor Research is in many ways light-years a head of its competitors when it comes to drilling down on the utility side of their products. Most of the big names in outdoor apparel are...