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

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

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: 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

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: Patagonia Duckbill Cap

There’s always that one piece of gear that you don’t expect to make a huge difference, but then it does. The Patagonia Duckbill Cap is just that piece of gear. I used to hate wearing hats on the trail but the Duckbill Cap changed all that. It’s light, airy, blocks the sun and looks good to boot. It’s the best hiking hat I have found.  … Continue reading Review: Patagonia Duckbill Cap

The New GORE-TEX Pro

GORE-TEX has announced that they’re replacing the current GORE-TEX PRO with a new line of products starting in the Fall/Winter of 2020. Since it was introduced in 2007, having the “PRO” tag on a GORE-TEX garment has announced a rugged, top-of-the-line waterproof-breathable product. However, as there was only a single membrane available under the PRO umbrella a compromise between durability, breathability, waterproofness and so on … Continue reading The New GORE-TEX Pro

Arc’teryx Professional line of Jackets: Details, Fit & Features

This article provides additional information on the various offerings in the Arc’teryx Professional Jacket line as of 2019. As I’m sure you know, Arc’teryx makes a line of jackets (and other items) specifically for professionals which are sold via their pro-member site. However, that site doesn’t provide very much information on these great products. This can make an online purchase difficult. However, that’s the only … Continue reading Arc’teryx Professional line of Jackets: Details, Fit & Features