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

Shows the Fjallraven Abisko Midsummer pants and jacket

Review: Fjallraven Abisko Midsummer

Review: Fjallraven Abisko Midsummer  Known for their hard-wearing heavy-duty gear, Fjallraven has set the style bar for a lot of other outdoor gear companies. Last summer saw Fjallraven introduce the new Abisko Midsummer line, taking their classic G-1000 material and making it lighter for summer use, combining it with some softshell fabrics and adding Fjallraven’s Swedish flair.  We got the chance to try the Abisko … Continue reading Review: Fjallraven Abisko Midsummer

Review: Mammut Zinal Guide Pant

 Review: Mammut Zinal Guide Pant Robust, stretchy and exceptionally windproof hiking pants, I took the Mammut Zinal Guide Pant throughout the alps this summer and found them to be a great addition to my hiking gear collection. Mammut describes their Zinal Guide pants as a fully featured trekking pant for longer hiking tours and I have to agree. I put them through their paces on … Continue reading Review: Mammut Zinal Guide Pant

Review: Rab Calient Pants

Review: Rab Calient Pants  Rab, known for their down, is truly a mountain company. This year they introduced the Calient pant.  We found them to be a lightweight breathable pair of hiking pants that look as good on the trail as they do in the dining room. Overview Material: Lightweight Matrix™ plain weave fabric with DWR Sun Protection: UPF 30+ Pockets: 3 Weight: 265 grams … Continue reading Review: Rab Calient Pants

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

Review: Rab Pulse SS Tee

Review: Rab Pulse Ss Tee We got to test the Rab Pulse Ss Tee in a variety of conditions this summer. Mountain biking, trail running, hiking, and in the Alpine. It was a good companion on all these missions and proved to be a lightweight sun-proof T-shirt perfectly designed for multi-day trips in the mountains.   Overview Size and Color Tested: XL, Ink. L in Silverpine … Continue reading Review: Rab Pulse SS Tee

Review: Patagonia Altvia Pack

Review: Patagonia Altvia Pack Patagonia has been making legendary outdoor gear for quite some time. Notable for their skiing and climbing gear, for summer 2021 Patagonia brought out their new hiking line, called Altvia. We were lucky enough to test their great new Altvia pack in 36L L/XL on some legendary trails in the Alps this summer and found it to be a lightweight rugged … Continue reading Review: Patagonia Altvia Pack

Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2

We ran the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 tent through its paces this year on the Great Divide Trail and were glad we had it. The tent is lightweight, simple to setup and offers a roomy design was a boon the evenings when we had to set up camp amongst hordes of mosquitoes (read: almost all of them!). Spec’s & Features: Weight: 1.42 Kg … Continue reading Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2

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