REVIEW: Orsden Slope Jacket

Orsden is new on the scene and we had a chance to test out their debut Slope Jacket. The name “Orsden” comes from a French mythological snow bear. “Our mythical snow bear possesses a unique combination of toughness and playfulness...

Is a Crossover Kayak For You?

Every sport goes through trends and innovations. Sometimes it’s revolutionary: mountain bikes first appeared on the scene in Marin County and created a completely new sport. Big wall gear opened up a whole new climbing world when Warren Harding climbed El...

REVIEW: Merrell Men’s Solo

The Merrell Solo shoes are outstanding! They held up and performed great on a 10 mile hike in the rugged West Maui Mountains. Five stars for fit, durability, traction, stability, and overall. Crazy terrain, multiple climates, incline/decline, and they perform great....

Ask Gearographer: What Do Women Want?

Dear Gearographer, Why can’t my girlfriend tell me what she wants? If I ask where she wants to go to dinner she says, “I don’t care.” If I ask what she wants for Christmas she says “I don’t care.” I’m...

Review: MSR FreeLite 2 Tent

Functionality  ★★★★ My first impression of the MSR FreeLite tent was how small and packable it was. Weighing in at just 2 lbs 2 oz (although I think that’s an optimistic measurement), it fit seamlessly in my pack. We were off...

Ask Gearographer: I am not an I.T. guy

Ask Gearographer: I am not an I.T. Guy Dear Gearogapher, I have recently moved back in with my parents and I don’t know how much more I can take; I have become their new “IT” department. “Fix my phone,” they...

How to Keep Warm for Winter Kayaking

Most kayakers hang their boats up for the winter. That’s a mistake. Winter is often the best paddling season: no crowds, lots of water in many regions of the country, and a rarified rugged environment. But not surprisingly, winter paddling...

Review: Nuun Active (New & Improved Formula)

We were introduced to Nuun back in November of 2014 when we declared them one of our favorite outdoor companies in Washington State. When we found out they had a new formula out, we couldn’t wait to try it out!...

Brand Spotlight: NAAWK Suncare Products

(Special Discount Note: NAAWK has offered a special discount for Gearographer readers until December 31st using Promo Code: “GEAROGRAPHER”! Make sure you read to the bottom of the interview and check out this special offer! Don’t Miss Out! Everyone these days...

Dating How-To’s for Outdoorsy Folks

Alright, I dunno ‘bout you, but I’m kinda getting sick of all these “How-To” articles that you see plastered all over the internet these days. Mostly, because the majority of these articles seem lifeless, uninspired, and are often completely un-helpful. As...