Review: Norrona Fjora Flex1 Shorts

Review: Norrona Fjora Flex1 Shorts  Norrona has a long tradition of making burly gear for the outdoors This year marks their first foray onto the Mountain Bike scene with the Norrona Fjora line. We tested two pairs of their new Fjora Mountain Bike shorts, the Lightweight & Midweight, and found them to be feature-rich, well designed and multi-functional.  What is Fjora? Norrona tends to name … Continue reading Review: Norrona Fjora Flex1 Shorts

Scarpa Rapid Upper

Review: Scarpa Rapid Shoes

Review: Scarpa Rapid  Scarpa has made big moves in the trail running and approach shoe market the last few years. Their Ultra Spin garnered awards and Scarpa has continued to add more offerings. This year Scarpa introduced their all-mountain trail shoe, the Rapid. We put it to the test in the snow, rain, rock, and dirt. Read on to find out whether we thought it … Continue reading Review: Scarpa Rapid Shoes

Review: Db Hugger Backpack

Db Hugger 30L At BlackSheep we’re on the road a lot. We do a lot of traveling and to do that technical packs aren’t always the best. One of the best packs we’ve found for business meetings and international travel is the DB Hugger. It’s a cavernous 30L pack that holds anything and everything you want it to.       Overview Material: Outer: Polyester 600D Lining: … Continue reading Review: Db Hugger Backpack

Good to Go Risotto in front of a campfire

Review: Good To-Go

Good To-Go Backcountry Meals Good quality nutrition keeps us moving on the trail. Everyone has their opinion on Backcountry meals. Some like dehydrated meals, others freeze-dried, while still others like to cold soak and don’t even bother with warm food on the trail. Good To-Go is the result of award winning chef Jennifer Scism hitting the road and the backcountry and coming back with some … Continue reading Review: Good To-Go

The Norrona Tamok Gore-Tex Pro Jacket on teh Summit of Journeyman

Review: Norrona Tamok Gore-Tex Pro Jacket

The Norrona Tamok Gore-Tex Pro Jacket The Norrona Tamok Gore-Tex Pro Jacket stands out in a crowded field of expensive jackets. Well not literally, as the colors we tested were quite drab, but functionally! What makes it so great? Well there’s not really 1 thing that makes the Tamok stand out,. Rather it’s all the little things, the sturdy but elegant design, the great fit, … Continue reading Review: Norrona Tamok Gore-Tex Pro Jacket

Shows full Spark Fixie Clip

Review: Spark R&D Fixie Clip

Spark Fixie Clip This season we saw at least 3 new splitboard clip designs, including the new Spark R&D Fixie Clip, all aimed to improve on the Voile hook and the K clips. Some have camming hooks to squeeze the board halves together but are be prone to rattling while other clips are needlessly complex. The new clips from Spark use a straightforward, passive design … Continue reading Review: Spark R&D Fixie Clip

Review: Rab Khroma GTX Jacket

Rab’s new Ski Specific Jacket, the Khroma GTX After decades of making quality mountain apparel, Rab introduced it’s first ski wear line in winter of 2021, called Khroma. At the top of the range stands the Khroma GTX line which uses a mix of new, unique and recycled materials to make ski mountaineering worthy garments. The Rab Khroma GTX jacket blends Gore-Tex Pro Most Breathable … Continue reading Review: Rab Khroma GTX Jacket

Review: La Sportiva TX Guide

La Sportiva TX Guide, if the shoe fits you’re going to like them. But you better have a narrow foot! Whether you climb big walls, boulders, or something in between, one thing all climbers can agree on is that we need reliable approach shoes. You want a good fit, grippy soles, durability, comfort, not bulky or heavy, and the list goes on. To say this … Continue reading Review: La Sportiva TX Guide

Review: Arc’teryx Nuclei FL Hoody

Very lightweight, windproof and warm, the Nuclei FL makes an amazing 3-season puffy jacket for just about any activity. I’ve been testing mine for about a year now and it’s definitely found a place in my pack for those summer alpine missions and just about anywhere else I need a lightweight but warm jacket. A few years ago I wrote an article about the various … Continue reading Review: Arc’teryx Nuclei FL Hoody

Review: Ortovox Piz Boe Jacket

Review: Ortovox Piz Boe Jacket Ortovox has been making wool based clothing for the mountains since 1988, and it shows. The quality and craftsmanship are top notch and the Ortovox Piz Boe is no exception. The Ortovox Piz Boe jacket incorporates Merino wool, Swiss wool, Pertex and Schoeller into a great Ski Touring jacket. It’s definitely worth considering if you’re in the market for a … Continue reading Review: Ortovox Piz Boe Jacket