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

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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

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

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

Review: Patagonia Altvia Shorts

Review: Patagonia Altvia Shorts Purveyors of outdoor gear since 1973, Patagonia is traditionally known for its climbing and skiing gear. This spring saw the introduction of a hiking line called Altvia. We got the chance to test out the Patagonia Altvia Shorts this summer and found them to be a lightweight, strong and versatile.    Overview Material: Made of 86% recycled polyester/14% spandex dobby with four-way … Continue reading Review: Patagonia Altvia Shorts

Scarpa Rapid Upper

Review: Scarpa Rapid Shoes

Review: Scarpa Rapid  Scarpa has made big moves in the trail running and approach shoe market the last few years. Their Ultra Spin garnered awards and Scarpa has continued to add more offerings. This year Scarpa introduced their all-mountain trail shoe, the Rapid. We put it to the test in the snow, rain, rock, and dirt. Read on to find out whether we thought it … Continue reading Review: Scarpa Rapid Shoes