A Guide’s Review of the Kühl Airkühl Hoody

A Guide’s Review of the Kühl Airkühl Hoody Sun Hoodies are an essential part of my summer gear.  Their lightweight full upper body coverage means I rarely have to use sunscreen and typically don’t get hot thanks to their thin material. Kühl has taken a new approach to the sun hoody with Airkühl by using a more robust material with perforated ribs to allow for … Continue reading A Guide’s Review of the Kühl Airkühl Hoody

Review: Esker Approach Insoles

Review: Esker Approach Insoles Esker Insoles takes a natural approach to orthotics with their Approach Insoles. Canadian wool felt, linen canvas, and natural rubber combined with a supportive orthotic shape make the Esker Approach Insoles a great way to keep your feet happy on the hills.  Overview Material: Wool Felt, Linen Canvas, and Natural Rubber Weight: 168 grams for a pair of size 44 Country … Continue reading Review: Esker Approach Insoles

Review: Patagonia Dirt Craft Shorts

Review: Patagonia Dirt Craft Shorts Patagonia continues to improve its Mountain Bike offerings, this time with the Dirt Craft Bike Shorts. The Patagonia Dirt Craft shorts with their adjustable waistband, integrated liner, and stretch make for fantastic hot-weather bike shorts. Overview Outer Material: 94% nylon (62% recycled)/6% spandex Liner: 79% recycled nylon/21% spandex with HeiQ® Pure odor control Weight: 329 grams Sizes Available: 28 – 40 … Continue reading Review: Patagonia Dirt Craft Shorts

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

The Mammut Trion Nordwand 15 and teh Dent Blanche

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