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

Review: Patagonia Macro Puff

The bigger burlier cousin to the Micro Puff, the Patagonia Macro Puff is designed with cold weather activities in mind.  Filled with more than twice the insulation of a Micro Puff, the Patagonia Macro Puff adds warmth without sacrificing weight to make this a good midweight insulation piece. Think gusty ski tour transitions, belaying in the fall or early spring and mild winter camping.  Specs … Continue reading Review: Patagonia Macro Puff

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

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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