Outdoor Research Aspire Pant and Kayak Gear Accessories
A few weeks ago, I wrote about three products that helped us out while backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail. This week, I’m back with some products that we loved using during a multi-day sea kayaking trip in Washington state. Like with backpacking, there’s not a lot of extra room... Read more
Columbia Loch Lomand Rain Jacket With Omni-Tech
With breathable protection and lots of great features, this Loch Lomand jacket from Columbia Sportswear is light but serious rainwear. Most of us may hate packing a jacket when it’s not cold where we’re going. But when the skies open up and the rain deluge starts, you’d better have... Read more
Rewind: Hiking Trip Travel Gear That Works
We try to take a good amount of time to try out the gear we review on here, but often it’s a year down the line, after multiple trips, that we really start loving the gear we can depend on. (And maybe hating that one nagging fault that bugged... Read more
Oboz Mystic Low BDry Lightweight Hiker
If you’re a hiker in need of a serious hiking boot, mostly likely, you’ve been steered toward the most serious-looking gear out there: the most rugged, high-topped boots on the market. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, for a mega-tough, ankle-supporting Oboz hiking boot, check out my review of... Read more
Arc’teryx Zeta AR Jacket and Pant
Given the cost of high-quality outdoor apparel, I need my preferred wear to be three-season-friendly, versatile, and durable. I was immediately drawn to the Arc’teryx Zeta AR Jacket and pant, both due to Arc’teryx’s high standards and the many uses of the Zeta line. And don’t worry guys…these exact items come... Read more
Muck Hale Boots for Women and Kids
If you live, play, or travel to locations where you’re frequently in the outdoors in all conditions, owning a pair of Muck boots falls into the ‘life hack’ category. Or as I like to think of it, the ‘Wow, why did it take me so long to get these?’ category.... Read more
Helly Hansen Stella Storm Jacket and Switch Cargo Pants
By mid-ski season, I usually know what gear and ski wear is working for me, and what’s not. By February, I’m ready to make some adjustments and refresh. Just in time, I tried out two new pieces from Helly Hansen’s winter ski line. Stella Storm Jacket: The Stella Storm jacket... Read more
SplashFlash Waterproof LED Light
The size of a small finger and multi-functional, this little SplashFlash light should easily earn a place on your packing list. Some of the coolest, most useful gadgets we toss into our travel bags are often not the ones that cost hundreds of dollars. Sometimes the little “impulse buy”... Read more
Swimbuds Sport for Underwater Music Listening
We review earbuds and headphones on a regular basis on this gear blog, but none of them will do you much good if you’re a surfer, a swimmer, or a kayaker trying to keep a soundtrack going. These Swimbuds Sport earbuds are a different story though. They’re waterproof and... Read more
Helly Hansen Mission Stoke Shell Jacket
Ready for winter and the 2015 ski season? The Helly Hansen Mission Stoke Shell just might be the last ski jacket you need to buy for a long time. With every bell and whistle for bell-and-whistle-loving guys, this jacket plays just as hard in the backcountry as on the... Read more