Review: Bliz Nova Goggles

Review: Bliz Nova Goggles In the fall we reviewed a sweet pair of sunglasses from Swedish eyewear company Bliz.  Well, we’re back with another Bliz review but this time it is there Nova goggles that have caught our attention. The Bliz Nova Goggles incorporate a proprietary lens technology called Nordic Light into an affordable goggle that not only looks stylish but performs as well as … Continue reading Review: Bliz Nova Goggles

First Look Review: G7 Hand Jam

There are crack climbing gloves and Crack Climbing Gloves, the new G7 Hand Jam are the latter. G7, a brand that’s known for innovation, rethought the entire idea of a crack glove. They ditched the rubber or other similar materials altogether and made them from leather. Real leather. Really nice leather actually. These things feel great to wear. But how do they perform and stack … Continue reading First Look Review: G7 Hand Jam

Vapor Lace

Review: Scarpa’s Updated Vapor Lace

Like the Vapor V received last year (2019), Scarpa gave the Vapor Lace a complete redesign for this summer (2020). And while the original was a solid crack climbing shoe the updated Vapor lace is an absolute granite weapon and has overtaken the TC Pro as my personal favorite granite crack shoe! Specifications & Features: Weight: 258g (one shoe, size 43) Rubber: 5mm Vibram XS … Continue reading Review: Scarpa’s Updated Vapor Lace

Review: Patagonia Duckbill Cap

There’s always that one piece of gear that you don’t expect to make a huge difference, but then it does. The Patagonia Duckbill Cap is just that piece of gear. I used to hate wearing hats on the trail but the Duckbill Cap changed all that. It’s light, airy, blocks the sun and looks good to boot. It’s the best hiking hat I have found.  … Continue reading Review: Patagonia Duckbill Cap

Review: Edelrid Swift Protect 8.9

In what’s one of the coolest innovations in the world of climbing ropes for some time, Edelrid’s new Swift Protect has aramid fibers woven into the sheath. What is aramid you ask? Well, it’s a very strong synthetic fiber that’s in the same family as Kevlar. From a functional point of view, aramid fibers have good tensile strength, are lightweight, tough and heat resistant. That … Continue reading Review: Edelrid Swift Protect 8.9

Hercules Hooks engaged on splitboard

Review: Hercules Splitboard Hooks

Keeping things simple in the backcountry is always best practice, and the Hercules Splitboard Hooks do just that. With a positive, almost lock-like connection and added stiffness, these hooks my new favourite splitboard goodie.  BACKGROUND: Splitboards have traditionally been held together by Voile Hooks. Two pieces of metal that butt up together and keep the two halves from sliding apart vertically while providing a small … Continue reading Review: Hercules Splitboard Hooks

Review: Spark and Phantom Tech Toes

Splitboard binding technology has come a long way in recent years. This collaboration between Phantom and Spark RnD, the Tech Toes, is one such technological leap and has resulted in the best touring binding around for hardbooters.  Choices There are a lot of choices to be made when you decide to start into the splitboarding world, and few of them are simple. Which is the … Continue reading Review: Spark and Phantom Tech Toes

Comparison Review: High-Top Climbing Shoes

A head-to-head review of the most common high-top climbing shoes on the market. High-top climbing shoes have seen a huge resurgence in popularity over the past few years. This has of course prompted more brands to jump back into the high-top shoe game. Now, where there was once only a few high-top options around, every major shoe manufacturer seems to make a pair. To determine … Continue reading Comparison Review: High-Top Climbing Shoes

Review: Mammut 9.0 Alpine Sender Dry

Mammut 9.0 Alpine Sender Dry (or Crag Sender Dry) Mammut has given their dynamic climbing rope organization / naming structure a complete overhaul for 2020. Hidden in this naming change is a brand new rope called the 9.0 Alpine Sender Dry. Or is the 9.0 Crag Sender Dry? As per the new naming scheme, it’s the same rope under a different moniker, but more on … Continue reading Review: Mammut 9.0 Alpine Sender Dry