A Guide’s Review of the Ortovox Traverse 40

A Guide’s Review of the Ortovox Traverse 40 Ortovox continues its winning backpack streak with the Traverse 40. A capable and comfortable 40L trekking pack with all the necessities. Side pockets, a kangaroo pocket, a floating lid, load lifters, hip pockets that close with one hand, and a back pad that looks like it’s part of a sci-fi outfit. Read on to see what we … Continue reading A Guide’s Review of the Ortovox Traverse 40

A Guide’s Review of the Ortovox Brenta Shorts

Review: Ortovox Brenta Shorts As a Canadian, I feel like I should wear shorts all year round! But then I remember ski pants are cool as heck, so I don’t. But if ski pants ceased to exist, I’d wear Ortovox Brenta shorts year-round.  The Brenta shorts are rugged, breathable, and highly stretchable. They quickly became my go-to piece this past summer guiding.   Overview Outer Material: … Continue reading A Guide’s Review of the Ortovox Brenta Shorts

A Guide’s Review of the Theragun Mini

A Guide’s Review of the Theragun Mini The Theragun mini is the perfect size for a portable massage gun. Small, powerful, and long-lasting, it’s a great travel percussive therapeutic device and is a superb option for smaller users.  Overview Weight: 700 grams Amplitude of Massage: 12mm Speed: 1750, 2100, 2400 ppm Stall Force: 20 lbs Country of Origin: China The Grand Ourse The first time … Continue reading A Guide’s Review of the Theragun Mini

A Guide’s Review of the Theragun Prime

A Guide’s Review of the Theragun Prime Self Care is in, I just want to keep adventuring in the mountains for the foreseeable future and I’ve found a new tool in the fight: The Theragun Prime from Therabody. I’m no stranger to sore muscles but the Theragun Prime has become an essential tool in keeping me traversing, summiting, and searching out the best loam the … Continue reading A Guide’s Review of the Theragun Prime

Long Term Review: Injinji Socks

Review: Injinji Socks The Injinji Run Lightweight No-Show and Mini-Crew socks are my daily choice while guiding hiking trips in the Alps.  They’re all I wear and have effectively stopped me from getting blisters with over 1000km hiked every summer since I began wearing them.  Overview Material: 27% CoolMax® 68% Nylon, 5% Lycra®  Number of Toes per sock: Five per foot Number of Toes per … Continue reading Long Term Review: Injinji Socks

A Guide’s Review of the G3 Pivot Trek Pole

A Guide’s review of the G3 Pivot Trek Poles G3 has taken their years of ski pole know-how and adapted it to make my favorite trekking poles of the last two years. The G3 Pivot Trek is a sturdy three-piece collapsible all-season trekking pole with a slick magnetic closure system that will satisfy all but the weight watchers of the hiking world.  Overview Material: Aluminum … Continue reading A Guide’s Review of the G3 Pivot Trek Pole

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Review: Mammut Trion Nordwand Pro 15

A Guide’s review of the Mammut Trion Nordwand 15 Vest-style packs have become significantly more popular in the last couple of years, and for good reason. They’re light, stay close to the body, and hold the essentials in a balanced position. On days when I want to move fast and don’t need to carry lots, they are a superior choice to a traditional pack. The … Continue reading Review: Mammut Trion Nordwand Pro 15

Review: Ashbury Hornet goggles

Review: Ashbury Hornet Goggles Goggle technology has exploded in recent years; Cylindrical, toric, and spherical lenses, heads up displays, and motorized fans to reduce fog to name a few. Some of these goggles even push past the 400 dollar range. Not everyone can afford, or even want, a pair of goggles at that price. The Ashbury Hornet goggles offer modern magnetic tech, two great cylindrical … Continue reading Review: Ashbury Hornet goggles

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Review: Thermarest Questar

Review: Thermarest Questar -18 Review The Thermarest Questar is a comfortable, warm and easily compressed sleeping bag that ticks all the boxes for just about anything overnight backcountry tips can throw your way.  It contains 650 fill hydrophobic down, has a comfortable Mummy shape and rated to -18C. Add in the ability to attach it to both a sleeping pad or an accompanying down quilt … Continue reading Review: Thermarest Questar

Review: Bern Watts 2.0 Helmet

The originator of the helmet brim, Bern is back with an updated version of the original Watts helmet. The Bern Watts 2.0 helmet brings the classic Watts look and visor, multi-sport functionality, and the addition of Mips at a great price.  Overview Certifications: CPSC, EN1077B, and EN1078 Weight: 350 grams Construction: DSI Vents: 11 Country of Origin: China Who is Bern? Bern is a family-owned … Continue reading Review: Bern Watts 2.0 Helmet