Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2

We ran the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 tent through its paces this year on the Great Divide Trail and were glad we had it. The tent is lightweight, simple to setup and offers a roomy design was a boon the evenings when we had to set up camp amongst hordes of mosquitoes (read: almost all of them!). Spec’s & Features: Weight: 1.42 Kg … Continue reading Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2

First Look Review: G7 Hand Jam

There are crack climbing gloves and Crack Climbing Gloves, the new G7 Hand Jam are the latter. G7, a brand that’s known for innovation, rethought the entire idea of a crack glove. They ditched the rubber or other similar materials altogether and made them from leather. Real leather. Really nice leather actually. These things feel great to wear. But how do they perform and stack … Continue reading First Look Review: G7 Hand Jam

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Review: Camp Sky Carbon Evo

Choosing poles used to be easy. They were all aluminum and you either had two or three sections that nested into each other like a Russian doll or you bought a single length pole. In recent years though, pole technology has come a long way. Material choices have changed; Aluminum, Carbon Fiber, Bamboo and titanium to name a few. Design has changed, too; 3 piece, … Continue reading Review: Camp Sky Carbon Evo

Review: ZOLEO Satellite Communicator

The ZOLEO Satellite Communicator is designed to provide safe communications in the backcountry in an affordable rugged and reliable package. We used the ZOLEO Satellite Communicator on both the Sunshine Coast Trail and the Great Divide Trail for a total of over 50 days of backcountry slogging not to mention a bunch of days closer to home mountain biking. Needless to say, we’ve got a … Continue reading Review: ZOLEO Satellite Communicator

Comparison Review: Spark Dyno DH vs. Phantom Alpha

Splitboarding has become exponentially more popular over the last few years. As skiing and snowboarding have grown, so have the crowds at resorts and snowboarders have sought ways to get into the mountains yet maintain the feeling of being secluded. When Jeremy Jones released his Deeper movie a turning point was made. Every year since snowboarders have flocked en-masse to the backcountry.  For some the … Continue reading Comparison Review: Spark Dyno DH vs. Phantom Alpha

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Review: Scarpa’s Updated Vapor Lace

Like the Vapor V received last year (2019), Scarpa gave the Vapor Lace a complete redesign for this summer (2020). And while the original was a solid crack climbing shoe the updated Vapor lace is an absolute granite weapon and has overtaken the TC Pro as my personal favorite granite crack shoe! Specifications & Features: Weight: 258g (one shoe, size 43) Rubber: 5mm Vibram XS … Continue reading Review: Scarpa’s Updated Vapor Lace

Review: MSR Thru-Link

Water bladders, commonly known as Camelbacks, are immensely popular. You fill the bladder, place it in your pack, attach the hose and drink whenever you want. There is no need to take off your pack when you want to drink.  this helps save a lot of time and effort on a longer adventure, but unless you want to carry a 3 litre bladder, you’re going … Continue reading Review: MSR Thru-Link

Review: West Coast Kitchen

West Coast Kitchen Long days on the trail can work up a serious hunger. Sure, small meals throughout the day keep you moving but by the time camp is set, hunger is full bore and h-anger is knocking at the door. We often turn to our dehydrator to provide nutrition while in the backcountry but sometimes adventure invites come when we don’t have time to … Continue reading Review: West Coast Kitchen

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Review: Grayl Geopress Purifier

Grayl Geopress Purifier Our bodies are around 60% water, depending on age and gender. Some sources suggest you should drink between 2.5 to 3.5 litres a day, and that’s without adventuring and doesn’t include beer. How can you keep up with that regimen while out in the mountains and still safely avoid unwanted bacteria?  One quick answer would be water purifying tabs or drops that … Continue reading Review: Grayl Geopress Purifier