The Arcade Belt Review

Stretch Armstrong for your Waist: An Arcade Belts review   If you are going skiing and not wearing bibs you are tempting the fate of a snowy butt. It’s inevitable that you’re going to fill your pants with powder at some point. Enter Arcade Belts. Stretchy, stylish and totally functional when wet, they are the best way to keep from filling your britches with the white … Continue reading The Arcade Belt Review

The Ortovox Windbreaker Review

Breaking wind with the Ortovox Windbreaker  An old German proverb says there’s no bad weather, only bad gear choices. The problem these days is there are so many gear choices to be made between rain layers, insulation layers, breathable layers, layers for skiing, layers for hiking and more. The Ortovox Windbreaker bridges the gap of a solid windbreaker with the moisture management of merino base … Continue reading The Ortovox Windbreaker Review

The Fjallraven Abisko Hike Trouser Review

From Mountain to Table, the Fjallraven Abisko Hike Trousers  It’s no secret, I love Fjallraven pants. Their utilitarian yet casual look is awesome. Sometimes Fjallraven pants can can be overbuilt for what I need especially warmer weather hiking. Enter the Abisko Hike Trouser. A casual clean cut with tapered legs, just enough pockets and lightweight G-1000 air meant they were my go to trouser for … Continue reading The Fjallraven Abisko Hike Trouser Review

OR Aspire Super Stretch Jacket

A Guide’s Review of the OR Aspire Super Stretch Jacket Gore-Tex is not known for its flexibility. On the contrary, it’s known to be stiff and crinkly. Enter the Outdoor Research Aspire Super Stretch jacket. Lightweight and waterproof, its four way stretch panel and Torso Flow make this simple looking jacket into a surprise performer.  Overview Material: Gore-Tex Paclite.  Weight: 411 grams Size Tested: XL  … Continue reading OR Aspire Super Stretch Jacket

a photo of the norda 001 trail running shoes

Norda 001 Review

A Guide’s Review of the Norda 001 Nearly indestructible uppers with tried and true rubber mean the Canadian designed Norda 001 shoe. Throw in a distinctly Canadian outsole and a plethora of distinct colorways and you have a contender for the best premium trail shoe around.     Overview Material: bio-based Dyneema, Vibram SLE midsole, Vibram Litebase + Megagrip Weight: 268 grams for size US 8.5 (claimed) … Continue reading Norda 001 Review

Hiker wearing Fjällräven Barents Pro shorts in Chamonix

Fjällräven Barents Pro Shorts Review

A Guide’s Review of the Fjällräven Barents Pro Shorts Built to take abuse on the trail, pockets to carry everything you could ever want and still look good at the bar, these are Fjällräven Barents Pro Shorts. Long lasting G-1000 material combined with a traditional cargo pocket style means these shorts will be in your gear collection for a long time. Overview Material: G-1000  Weight: … Continue reading Fjällräven Barents Pro Shorts Review

Salewa Wildfire 2 Review

in Corrina D’Ampezzo, the Salewa Wildfire 2 Review The Salewa Wildfire 2 blurs the line between hiking and approach shoes with grippy outsoles and a durable yet breathable upper. We’ve tested these shoes hiking in the Coast Mountains, in the Alps, and as well as a few surprise mountain biking days to see just what they’re made of.  Overview Material: recycled synthetic upper with a … Continue reading Salewa Wildfire 2 Review

On Running Cloudultra Review

On Running Cloudultra Review On Running and their Cloudultra shoes are all-purpose trail shoes that are just as at home on gravel as they are on pavement. I spent 400 km with these shoes in the Dolomites last summer and found them to be lightweight comfortable shoes around town as well as on gravel and dirt trails.  Overview Material: Total Recycled Content: about 5% – … Continue reading On Running Cloudultra Review

Review: Scarpa Ribelle Run

Review: Scarpa Ribelle Run Scarpa continues to put their mark on the trail shoe scene with this fantastic addition to their shoe line. A Full TPU Rand, Presta outsole, sock fit, and water-resistant upper make the Scarpa Ribelle Run read like a dream list for rugged trail shoes. Read on to see why these Dolomite born shoes are a contender for my favorite trail shoe … Continue reading Review: Scarpa Ribelle Run