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

Review: MSR Thru-Link

Water bladders, commonly known as Camelbacks, are immensely popular. You fill the bladder, place it in your pack, attach the hose and drink whenever you want. There is no need to take off your pack when you want to drink.  this helps save a lot of time and effort on a longer adventure, but unless you want to carry a 3 litre bladder, you’re going … Continue reading Review: MSR Thru-Link

Review: Edelrid Swift Protect 8.9

In what’s one of the coolest innovations in the world of climbing ropes for some time, Edelrid’s new Swift Protect has aramid fibers woven into the sheath. What is aramid you ask? Well, it’s a very strong synthetic fiber that’s in the same family as Kevlar. From a functional point of view, aramid fibers have good tensile strength, are lightweight, tough and heat resistant. That … Continue reading Review: Edelrid Swift Protect 8.9

Review: Mammut 9.0 Alpine Sender Dry

Mammut 9.0 Alpine Sender Dry (or Crag Sender Dry) Mammut has given their dynamic climbing rope organization / naming structure a complete overhaul for 2020. Hidden in this naming change is a brand new rope called the 9.0 Alpine Sender Dry. Or is the 9.0 Crag Sender Dry? As per the new naming scheme, it’s the same rope under a different moniker, but more on … Continue reading Review: Mammut 9.0 Alpine Sender Dry

First Look: The G7 POD – The World’s Lightest Climbing Ledge

The G7 POD is a really light and durable portaledge. But more than that, it’s a fully insulated sleeping system too! Walls, walls and more walls… “Walls are meant for Climbing” reads The North Face t-shirt on the guy climbing a few routes away from me at the local sport crag. This was a couple of years ago, and a few weeks before I climbed … Continue reading First Look: The G7 POD – The World’s Lightest Climbing Ledge