Review: Bern Watts 2.0 Helmet

The originator of the helmet brim, Bern is back with an updated version of the original Watts helmet. The Bern Watts 2.0 helmet brings the classic Watts look and visor, multi-sport functionality, and the addition of Mips at a great price.  Overview Certifications: CPSC, EN1077B, and EN1078 Weight: 350 grams Construction: DSI Vents: 11 Country of Origin: China Who is Bern? Bern is a family-owned … Continue reading Review: Bern Watts 2.0 Helmet

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Review: Fjallraven Abisko Midsummer

Review: Fjallraven Abisko Midsummer  Known for their hard-wearing heavy-duty gear, Fjallraven has set the style bar for a lot of other outdoor gear companies. Last summer saw Fjallraven introduce the new Abisko Midsummer line, taking their classic G-1000 material and making it lighter for summer use, combining it with some softshell fabrics and adding Fjallraven’s Swedish flair.  We got the chance to try the Abisko … Continue reading Review: Fjallraven Abisko Midsummer

Review: Rab Calient Pants

Review: Rab Calient Pants  Rab, known for their down, is truly a mountain company. This year they introduced the Calient pant.  We found them to be a lightweight breathable pair of hiking pants that look as good on the trail as they do in the dining room. Overview Material: Lightweight Matrix™ plain weave fabric with DWR Sun Protection: UPF 30+ Pockets: 3 Weight: 265 grams … Continue reading Review: Rab Calient Pants

Review: Patagonia Dirt Roamer Jacket and Shorts

Review: Patagonia Dirt Roamer Jacket and Shorts Mountain biking has exploded in popularity. Who better than to throw their hat into the bike-wear arena than Patagonia. This year Patagonia introduced their Dirt Roamer line. A simple, lightweight, and durable set of mountain bike gear that encompasses a jacket, shorts, pants, and liners. We got our hands on the Dirt Roamer Jacket and Dirt Roamer Bike … Continue reading Review: Patagonia Dirt Roamer Jacket and Shorts

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 Shorts

Review: Patagonia Altvia Shorts Purveyors of outdoor gear since 1973, Patagonia is traditionally known for its climbing and skiing gear. This spring saw the introduction of a hiking line called Altvia. We got the chance to test out the Patagonia Altvia Shorts this summer and found them to be a lightweight, strong and versatile.    Overview Material: Made of 86% recycled polyester/14% spandex dobby with four-way … Continue reading Review: Patagonia Altvia Shorts

Review: Rab Pulse SS Tee

Review: Rab Pulse Ss Tee We got to test the Rab Pulse Ss Tee in a variety of conditions this summer. Mountain biking, trail running, hiking, and in the Alpine. It was a good companion on all these missions and proved to be a lightweight sun-proof T-shirt perfectly designed for multi-day trips in the mountains.   Overview Size and Color Tested: XL, Ink. L in Silverpine … Continue reading Review: Rab Pulse SS Tee

Outdoor Research Vantage Air Cap

Review: Outdoor Research Vantage Air Cap 

Review: Outdoor Research Vantage Air Cap  You know when you get that one item that you love, you wear it out then buy the same thing again and again? I was like that with hats… until I couldn’t replace my trusty friend of three years. It was time to go shopping and at the top of the list this year was the Outdoor Research Vantage … Continue reading Review: Outdoor Research Vantage Air Cap 

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