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

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

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

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