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: Liberty Origin Skis

Supposedly started with some big winnings from the craps tables in Vegas, Liberty has gone on to win accolades around the world for their bamboo core creations and other innovations. The Liberty series, started in 2016 and is a Big...

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...

National Hardware Show 2016: The Coolest Gear

Last week the Gearographer crew took a little adventure over to Las Vegas to attend the National Hardware Show. At the show you can find everything in the world of home improvement. We came to explore the “outdoor improvement” niche, and this is what...

Ask Gearographer: Loaning Tools

Dear Gearographer, I have a neighbor who keeps borrowing my tools. I don’t mind lending them out but if I even ever get them back they are dirty or broken. What do you suggest I do? Broken Tool in Toledo...

Review: Caravan SB 100 Skis

The Caravan tent at the SIA Demo Days at Copper Mountain was set away from the big area of manufacturers’ spaces and located with just a couple other tents over by the lift. With what we’ve seen of his skis,...

Review: Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Altichron

Functionality When you first receive the Citizen Eco-Drive Altichron, you take the top off of what is best described as a “canister,” and you are greeted with a beautifully complex watch face wrapped in titanium and glass. The business on the face is a bit overwhelming...

Brand Close-Up: So iLL

  Overview So iLL is a climbing company built on high quality holds and climbing accessories. After seeing a need to bring fashionable footwear into modern, urban climbing, So iLL has redesigned the climbing shoe to be fun and functional....

Review: Buck Products KnappSack

Functionality The KnappSack by Buck Products is overall a very stylish and practical bag. Roll it all the way down and hook it closed and you’re set to carry just the essentials. Stuff it full and extend the over-strap closure to really max...

Anatomy of an Optic: Binocular Buyers Guide

Why Carry Binoculars? Binoculars enhance your vision. Obviously, this makes it easier to see distant objects, transforming that mountain goat you’re looking at from a white dot to a living, breathing critter with sad black eyes and a beard blowing in...

Firewire: Surfboards for the New Generation

If you are involved in the surf community or live in San Diego County, you may be familiar with Firewire, one of the leading eco-conscious surfboard companies on the market today. Mark Price, CEO of the company, graciously took the...