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

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 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 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

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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: Julbo Fury Sunglasses

Review: Julbo Fury Glasses  I think it was the Wu-Tang Clan who said, “protect your eyes.” I may have that wrong but Julbo has sunglasses right. The new Julbo Fury sunglasses, designed for mountain biking, proved to be great on any trail with their aggressive styling and well-ventilated photochromic lens.  Overview Lens: Photochromic Lens Material: Trivex Protection: 100% UVA and UVB Weight: 25 grams Sun … Continue reading Review: Julbo Fury Sunglasses

Review: Patagonia Altvia Pack

Review: Patagonia Altvia Pack Patagonia has been making legendary outdoor gear for quite some time. Notable for their skiing and climbing gear, for summer 2021 Patagonia brought out their new hiking line, called Altvia. We were lucky enough to test their great new Altvia pack in 36L L/XL on some legendary trails in the Alps this summer and found it to be a lightweight rugged … Continue reading Review: Patagonia Altvia Pack

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