Review: Mammut Rime IN Hybrid Flex Jacket

We all have that jacket. We’ve worn it on our highest summits and in our lowest valleys. It’s kept us dry and warm, and is the perfect pillow when no other options exist. Life outside is intertwined with a reliance on the clothing we wear. Mammut have done it right with the Rime IN Hybrid Flex Jacket, I’ve been living in it for the last … Continue reading Review: Mammut Rime IN Hybrid Flex Jacket

Thermarest

Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir® UberLite™

Therm-a-Rest recently released the UberLite™ sleeping mat, the lightest and most packable sleeping mat we’ve ever come across! The size of a can of beer when packed up, this mat expands to the same size as a regular tapered mat when deployed and is just as thick as the other mats in the NeoAir® line! How did they do it? Well, they utilized cutting edge … Continue reading Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir® UberLite™

Coffee Review 2.0

Here at Black Sheep we don’t mess around when it comes to coffee!  We are firm believers that a freshly brewed cup of coffee in the morning is an essential part of the day, no matter where you are. But…! To prepare said cup of coffee, the right equipment is essential. For this review we’ve tested out a wide assortment of coffee equipment to help … Continue reading Coffee Review 2.0

Comparison Review of MSR Pocket Rockets

Comparison Review: MSR Pocket Rocket 2 & Pocket Rocket Deluxe

Pocket Rocket. The name says it all.  This compact, lightweight, butane powered jet stove is well known in the outdoor world. Not limited to just climbers or hikers, the Pocket Rocket is perfect for anyone.  You might be a fisherman who needs a small stove for your boat, or a tree planter who wants a lightweight stove in your lunch kit.  The list goes on. … Continue reading Comparison Review: MSR Pocket Rocket 2 & Pocket Rocket Deluxe

Review: Petzl Nao+ Headlamp

The Petzl Nao+ is my lighting tool of choice for any mountain missions that start or end in the dim hours of the day. With 750 lumens, it’s so bright that Petzl had to include a warning label not to shine it in someone’s eyes up close! Using Reactive Lighting or Constant Lighting the burn time will vary from 6.5hrs (at 750 lumens) all the … Continue reading Review: Petzl Nao+ Headlamp

Review: Mountain Hardwear Super/DS StretchDown

Is this the start of a new era? A question worth asking for a product that’s as innovative as Mountain Hardware’s new Super/DS StretchDown. Combining a softshell type stretchy fabric with down insulation is innovative and truly a game changer. With this jacket you get the warmth you need from the 800 loft down in the performance fit package you’d expect from a soft shell. Needless … Continue reading Review: Mountain Hardwear Super/DS StretchDown

Review: MSR Windburner Group Stove

With the introduction of the new Windburner Stove System (Duo & Group versions), MSR has taken the popular and efficient Windburner system and made it compatible for larger groups. Similar in design to the original Windburner Personal Stove the new Duo & Group system have one huge difference, the burner isn’t attached to the canister. It’s still a portable, lightweight, weather-proof, high efficiency canister stove … Continue reading Review: MSR Windburner Group Stove

MSR WindBurner Stove

Long-Term Review: MSR WindBurner Stove

Sure the new MSR WindBurner Stove is compact, efficient and fast but its performance in strong winds is what sets it apart.  In creating the WindBurner, MSR blended some of the best design features of the iconic Reactor and the Jetboil to create a versatile stove system that’s practically windproof. The perfect stove for an alpine mission or just brewing coffee in the parking lot. Features of the MSR … Continue reading Long-Term Review: MSR WindBurner Stove

Alpine Start Coffee

Review: Alpine Start Instant Coffee

Move over Starbucks, there’s a new kid on the block when it comes to instant coffee: Alpine Start.  Since the Starbucks Via came on the market it’s become a staple of fast-and-light adventures everywhere.  And like cigarettes in a jail house, these little packets of caffeine are the currency of the backcountry.  However, much of the popularity of the Via stemmed from the fact that … Continue reading Review: Alpine Start Instant Coffee

Camping Coffee Makers

Backcountry Coffee Brewer Face Off

Like much of life, a day of climbing is best kick started by a heavy dose of caffeine.  The performance and mood enhancing effects of caffeine greatly increase success rates by supplying the necessary motivation for the climber to get up and then, once imbibed, lubricate synapses whereby headaches are avoided and speech becomes possible.  After a few more cups, there is a buildup of … Continue reading Backcountry Coffee Brewer Face Off