Category: Reviews

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: Cotopaxi Kumari Ski Jacket

For this test, I took the Kumari out on the slopes in Utah (Alta and Snowbird) as well as in Colorado (Copper Mountain). Conditions varied from mid 50s spring-like slush to near 0, icy wind. A few months later, I took fly...

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: Spy Bravo Snow Goggles

Luckily, not for me but for this review, the day I took the Spy Bravos out for a test drive was cloudy, with flat light and occasional teases of sunshine. Functionality ★★★★★ These goggles are very extremely comfortable as they are...

Review: POC Fornix Ski and Board Helmet

The POC Fornix helmet was not only comfortable and functional, it matched my jacket perfectly. At least that’s what I was told; I am slightly color-blind. Most folks I know who wear helmets claim they would feel naked without them...

Review: SkiLogik Howitzer BC Skis

The SkiLogik Howitzer BC skis cut through the crud, floated on the powder, and were stable on the flats. Yes, it was a widely variable day on the mountain. SkiLogik is based out of Breckenridge, Colorado and makes skis using Black Locust...

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...

Sneak Peek: Kokatat Idol Drysuit

Kokatat watersports wear, the Arcata, CA-based kayaking drysuits and technical paddling apparel, seeks to revolutionize the drysuit market with the Gore-Tex Idol, a two-piece drysuit that can also be worn in its component parts. “We believe this new concept will...

Review: MindShift rotation180 Panorama Pack

Functionality: ★★★★ Designed with the action sports photographer in mind, the rotation180 Panorama comes with all the bells and whistles: a camera storage area with Velcro inserts, a hydration pocket, a designated spot for your tripod, room for extra gear and...

Review: Simms G4 Boa Boot

A good pair of boots can make for a great day on the water or a terrible experience. Although pretty funky looking, Simms has created the new G4 BOA Boot that excels in both durability and comfort. Functionality ★★★★★ Simms...

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 of Fisher Space Pen M4B

I, like most people, carry a camera everywhere I go. Bouncing along in the same pocket though, is a marvel of both modern and ancient technology, a weapon of mass creation, and something everyone should carry at all times—an ink...

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...