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

fjallraven keb trouser trekking in bush

Review: Fjällräven Keb Trousers

A Guide’s Review of the Fjällräven Keb Trousers There is a plethora of trekking trousers on the market. They tend to be designed to be light and fast using every modern material possible or strong enough to work on a construction site with burly more traditional materials. The Fjällräven Keb trousers blend strong waxed canvas with modern stretch materials, combining the best of both worlds … Continue reading Review: Fjällräven Keb Trousers

Review: Nitecore UT27

A Guide’s Review of the Nitecore UT27 + NB10000 The Nitecore UT27 is a dual-beam headlamp designed for trail runners but there is no need for it to be pigeonholed as a running headlamp. It’s a lightweight headlamp with the power to be a reliable basecamp headlamp, trekking light, and emergency light for dark starts and full-value ski touring days. Add in its lightweight and … Continue reading Review: Nitecore UT27

Review: Fjällräven High Coast Wind Jacket

A Guide’s Review of the Fjällräven High Coast Wind Jacket Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. It’s a rare day that you are in the mountains and there is no wind. That means at a minimum you should be carrying a wind jacket anytime you head into the hills. The lightweight, quick-drying, and stylish Fjällräven High Coast Wind jacket may be the answer you are … Continue reading Review: Fjällräven High Coast Wind Jacket

Review: Kühl Dynawool Skuba Hoody

Kühl Dynawool Skuba Hoody “Looking good Billy Ray. Feeling Good, Lewis.“… That’s how I feel wearing the Kühl Dynawool Skuba Hoody. A comfortable, warm, and extremely good-looking hoody designed for the hills but best worn about town.  Overview Material: 71% Polyester, 24% Wool, 5% Spandex Density: 8.0 oz./sq. yd. | 272 GSM Country of Origin for Material: Italy Country of Manufacture: El Salvador  What is … Continue reading Review: Kühl Dynawool Skuba Hoody