Category: Trail

Review: My Pakage Action Series Underwear

This review is a little more graphic than others so if you’re not ready for that, don’t read. Otherwise, proceed with caution. The one place where I did practice restraint is in photos. If I could take a picture of...

Review: Tokul XC 8 Hydration Backpack

Functionality The Tokul XC 8 by Platypus is exactly what you need when going on those long treks around the country, from sunny days to snowy days. For a hydration pack that holds 3 liters, it is surprisingly slim. With...

Review: PACK Gear Backpack Organizer

I happen to travel a lot. In fact I will be out of the state traveling for the next 3 weeks. I just got back from a trip to Colorado and brought this little guy with me, here are my...

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: Korkers Devil’s Canyon Boot

I first saw these boots while cruising the show floor at IFTD 2014. They were the first BOA integrated wading boot I’d seen so they caught my eye. Korkers sent a pair for testing, which I’ve been doing for about a month or...

Review: Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GoreTex Women’s Hiking Boots

I picked these boots up to get me through a five month trip consisting of hiking, backpacking, car camping, backcountry camping and even horseback riding, and I was blown away by how such a clean-looking, no-frills, inexpensive boot performed. Functionality ★★★★...

Review: The Jetboil MiniMo

So, you’re an outdoor enthusiast and you’re used to cooking on a large camp stove. Perhaps a Coleman. Great products. Good choice. But, lately, you’ve been thinking about doing some backpacking or just going lighter in general. Solution: the Jetboil...

Review: Women’s Thule Guidepost 65L Backpack

Functionality ★★★★ Adjustment was a key focus in the designing of this bag. Not only does the Guidepost have a thickly padded, pivoting hip belt that comes in three sizes, but also padded shoulder straps with three different width settings. The...

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 another thing entirely. Functionality ★★ The UNEEK tries...

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 flexible enough to move around in,...

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” crap, and are tall and tight...

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 after hikes or particularly aggressive powder...

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 can’t think of any better way...

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 socks on a cold day. Fortunately,...

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 during cooler climates while maintaining grip...

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 around or clump up in the...