Author: Jo Ostgarden

Review: Balega Quarter Socks

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 are a feature that help keep your socks...

Review: Sierra Designs Elite Cagoule and Elite Chaps

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 and airflow. For both the ¾ length pullover...

Review: Green Goo 100% All Natural Care and Repair Formulas

  Functionality Skin is a complex system designed to protect the internal body against external damage (pathogens, bacteria) and to regulate body heat, among other things. Although there are many variables, some chemicals can and do penetrate beyond the epidermis...

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 Magazine recently wrote, things are picking...

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 with hydrophobic—or water resistant—down, it helps...

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 has to do with potentially contaminating...

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 This ultra lightweight, compact, powerful and...

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 wind gusts, sleeping inside a tent...

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 bridge size and 130mm temple length,...