The Poc Nivalis Review: Modern Glacial Cool

The POC Nivalis glasses Glacier glasses are in, just ask Hotdog Hans. Large round reflective lenses, side shields, and 70’s chique. What’s not to like? The Poc Nivalis are a modern take on a mountaineering classic. Read on to see what BlackSheep’s experience with these glasses was like.  Overview Frame Material: Bio Grilamid frame Lens: Clarity Universal Sunny White Cat 3 Color: Hydrogen White Weight: … Continue reading The Poc Nivalis Review: Modern Glacial Cool

Lightweight Chameleons: The Julbo Density Review

Julbo Density Sunglasses Julbo has been making sunglasses since 1888 with the guiding principle of innovation. Their innovation is no more evident than in the Julbo Density Sunglasses. Fantastic photochromic lenses with a wide field of view on glasses that weight less than a carabiner. In a world obsessed with lightweight functionality, what more could you ask for? Overview Frame Material: Rilsan Lens: Reactiv 3-1 … Continue reading Lightweight Chameleons: The Julbo Density Review

The Patagonia R1 TechFace Hoodie Review. 2023 Update

The Patagonia R1 TechFace Hoody Review (2023 edition)   Patagonia is known for making some legendary gear. Perhaps, the most well known is the R1 Techface Hoody. Our own Monte Johnston reviewed The Patagonia R1 TechFace Hoody in 2018. He found it to be a fantastic summer alpine layer as it cuts the wind, moves well and isn’t overly warm. Has much, if anything changed? Did … Continue reading The Patagonia R1 TechFace Hoodie Review. 2023 Update

The Hestra Ergo Grip Active Wool Terry Glove

The Hestra Ergo Grip Wool Terry Gloves Review.  We’re all looking for that perfect glove for ski touring and in the case of the Hestra Ergo Grip Active Wool Terry, I may have found it. Cool enough on the skin track, warm on transitions and dextrous enough for rope work. How do these thin ski gloves known for their contrasting color index finger patch fair … Continue reading The Hestra Ergo Grip Active Wool Terry Glove

Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel and Recovery Mix Review

Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel and Recovery Mix Review Electrolytes. They’re what’s for during and after your mission in the mountains. Colorado-born Tailwind Nutrition makes great-tasting sports drink mixes to help keep you performing for short and long adventures. Easily adjusted to match your flavor-strength preference, they have a wide range of protein, caffeine, and sodium levels to match your adventure needs.  Overview Weight per Pack: … Continue reading Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel and Recovery Mix Review

Review: Scarpa Ribelle Run

Review: Scarpa Ribelle Run Scarpa continues to put their mark on the trail shoe scene with this fantastic addition to their shoe line. A Full TPU Rand, Presta outsole, sock fit, and water-resistant upper make the Scarpa Ribelle Run read like a dream list for rugged trail shoes. Read on to see why these Dolomite born shoes are a contender for my favorite trail shoe … Continue reading Review: Scarpa Ribelle Run

Review: Arcteryx Rho Hybrid Crew

Arcteryx Rho Hybrid Crew Review Arcteryx swings for the fences with the Arcteryx Rho Hybrid Crew by combining their proprietary Phasic™ AR II material with merino wool panels to create a base layer that keeps you warm, doesn’t stretch out, and tames the funk of multi-day adventures. Read on to see if they knocked it out of the park or hit a foul ball.  Overview … Continue reading Review: Arcteryx Rho Hybrid Crew

Review: Nitecore UT27

A Guide’s Review of the Nitecore UT27 + NB10000 The Nitecore UT27 is a dual-beam headlamp designed for trail runners but there is no need for it to be pigeonholed as a running headlamp. It’s a lightweight headlamp with the power to be a reliable basecamp headlamp, trekking light, and emergency light for dark starts and full-value ski touring days. Add in its lightweight and … Continue reading Review: Nitecore UT27

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