Category: Trail

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 confident I could make this garment...

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 perks of a perfect pair of...

Review: tasc Performance’s Bamboo Boxer Briefs

Think about it: underwear is the ultimate base layer, so surely it deserves as much attention as your mid layers and top layers. If you’re using the same pair of underwear for sports that you use for sleeping or laying...

Review: Keen Women’s Voyageur Mid Hiking Boot

Every time a woman shops, she encounters a psychological pursuit to find the “shoe that fits.” In the world of hiking shoes, female trekkers must choose from either shoes, boots, sandals or water shoes, which doesn’t include the next choice,...

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 but the front zip pockets are...

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 you rock these shades. Our only...

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, lightest) or duck (denser, lower cost),...

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, lightest) or duck (denser, lower cost),...

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 offering gear made with new technical...

Review: Eddie Bauer Rippac Packable Day Pack

Backpacks, once used for lugging stuff around, are now an essential component of a stylish wardrobe. If looking for a day pack to roam around town or a hiking trail, look no further than the Eddie Bauer Rippac Packable Day...

Rocking a Hammock: Consider Hennessy

Do you always tote a tent along camping with you? Depending on what type of trip you are planning, you might be able to dispense with the poles and additional weight of a tent in favour of a hammock. You...

Review: Hammock Bliss Single

Hammocks have grown in popularity over the last few years. I own three hammocks, each with their own speciality uses. The Hammock Bliss Single is my most versatile and favorite hammock in the bunch. Travel – Sized Weighing in at...

Review: Dual Eyewear AV1 Bifocal Sunglasses

Functionality ★★★★ As far as sunglasses, the AV1 does what they’re designed to do, they shade your eyes from the sun. Although I think that the bifocal lenses should be an option and not part of every pair of their glasses....

Review: Poler Field Pack

Functionality ★★★★ The Field Pack is Poler’s most simple pack, and it doesn’t have all of the fancy bells and whistles, but that’s what makes it so great. When I first started using this pack, I thought it was a smaller...

Review: REI Half Dome 2

Functionality ★★★★ The REI Half Dome functions perfectly in all three seasons and stands up to wind and rain. Though not built for minimalist multi-day backpacking adventures, this 5lb 2oz tent is fairly lightweight and perfect for primitive or site camping...

Review: Swaygo Pack

  Functionality ★★★★★ The Swaygo pack is a favorite of cavers who spend most of their time in very wet and muddy situations. Every member of the Indiana Speleological Survey crew owns one and it is not uncommon to see a...

Review: Triple Aught Designs Ranger Hoodie

Functionality ★★★★★ The Ranger Hoodie from Triple Aught Designs is one of the most versatile hoodies on the market. It is designed to be exactly what you need in any situation. The Ranger Hoodie has pit vents to keep you cool when you’re...

Review: Osprey Women’s Sirrus 24

Functionality ★★★★ This light-weight and breathable day-pack is perfect for women who refuse to wear anything on their back that causes the least bit of strain. Because the pack comes in only two sizes and is engineered to fit most any...

Review: Ecōths Humboldt Shorts

  Functionality ★★★★ The Ecōths Humboldt Shorts are extremely comfortable and well built. They are made with 54% Ramie, 44% Organic Cotton, and 2% Spandex. This means that they you can do anything including sport climbing in these shorts. Ecōths has a program...