A Guide’s Review of the Ortovox Traverse 40

A Guide’s Review of the Ortovox Traverse 40 Ortovox continues its winning backpack streak with the Traverse 40. A capable and comfortable 40L trekking pack with all the necessities. Side pockets, a kangaroo pocket, a floating lid, load lifters, hip pockets that close with one hand, and a back pad that looks like it’s part of a sci-fi outfit. Read on to see what we … Continue reading A Guide’s Review of the Ortovox Traverse 40

A Guide’s Review of the Ortovox Brenta Shorts

Review: Ortovox Brenta Shorts As a Canadian, I feel like I should wear shorts all year round! But then I remember ski pants are cool as heck, so I don’t. But if ski pants ceased to exist, I’d wear Ortovox Brenta shorts year-round.  The Brenta shorts are rugged, breathable, and highly stretchable. They quickly became my go-to piece this past summer guiding.   Overview Outer Material: … Continue reading A Guide’s Review of the Ortovox Brenta Shorts

Long Term Review: Injinji Socks

Review: Injinji Socks The Injinji Run Lightweight No-Show and Mini-Crew socks are my daily choice while guiding hiking trips in the Alps.  They’re all I wear and have effectively stopped me from getting blisters with over 1000km hiked every summer since I began wearing them.  Overview Material: 27% CoolMax® 68% Nylon, 5% Lycra®  Number of Toes per sock: Five per foot Number of Toes per … Continue reading Long Term Review: Injinji Socks

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

The Mammut Trion Nordwand 15 and teh Dent Blanche

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

the Logo on the Thermnarest Questar -18 Sleeping Bag

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

Shows the Fjallraven Abisko Midsummer pants and jacket

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: Mammut Zinal Guide Pant

 Review: Mammut Zinal Guide Pant Robust, stretchy and exceptionally windproof hiking pants, I took the Mammut Zinal Guide Pant throughout the alps this summer and found them to be a great addition to my hiking gear collection. Mammut describes their Zinal Guide pants as a fully featured trekking pant for longer hiking tours and I have to agree. I put them through their paces on … Continue reading Review: Mammut Zinal Guide Pant

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: 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