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Review: Petzl Sitta harness

Review: Petzl Sitta harness

The Sitta is Petzl’s newest, lightest and highest-tech harness. It packs a lot of high-end features into little weight, all of which stows down into a tiny package. There are two things that continue to annoy me about the Sitta, but I also find myself using it more than any […]

Review: Scarpa Vapor (lace)

Review: Scarpa Vapor (lace)

I’ve been a long-time fan of Scarpa’s Vapor V shoes, both the original and the 2015 updated version, they fit my feet well and really seemed to have found that Goldilocks zone of comfort and performance.  The recently released lace version of the shoe, which is simply called the Vapor, […]

First Look: Arcteryx Acrux AR boot

First Look: Arcteryx Acrux AR boot

The Acrux AR boot from Arc’teryx is a study in modern aesthetic, design and construction. The blacked-out look, with just a flash of red over the toe and for the zipper pull, screams modern industrial. The construction is through-and-through Arc’teryx, with superb attention to detail and incredibly fine workmanship — […]

Review: Helinox Chair One

Review: Helinox Chair One

Like many backcountry enthusiasts I do a lot of camping to facilitate my addictions to skiing, climbing and alpinism.  This can involve easy car camping where I drive right up to the camping spot (Indian Creek, Red Rocks, Yosemite, etc.) to locations where I take a helicopter or plane into […]

Field Tested: Sterling Hollowblock

Field Tested: Sterling Hollowblock

Sewn prusik cords are nothing new, but what makes Sterling Rope’s Hollow Block unique is the use of 100% aramid fiber, in the form of their 6.8mm RIT 900 cord. That sounds like a whole bunch of proprietary gibberish, so let me save you some google time: aramid fiber is […]

Review: Jottnar Fenrir Jacket

Review: Jottnar Fenrir Jacket

Jottnar is a very young, new company, founded just three years ago in 2013. In that short time, they have created a solid and focused range with core pieces from fleece mid-layers to full-featured hardshell jackets and pants. I received the Fenrir Jacket a few months ago and have been beating it up and using […]

Review: Ternua Withorn Pant

Review: Ternua Withorn Pant

Ternua is a somewhat young company and a definite newcomer to the North American market, so new in fact that the store closest to Canmore is located in Greenland according to the store-locator on Ternua’s website. Started in 1995, the Spanish company is committed to high-performance products, fabric innovation and […]

Review: RAB Paradox Pull-On

Review: RAB Paradox Pull-On

RAB’s Paradox Pull-On, much like RAB’s Strata Flex before it, literally changed how I layer. The fit is, in a word, perfect. Performance across varied conditions is exemplary, and its versatility keeps astounding me. I think I’ve used it nearly every day this past winter, and don’t foresee hanging it […]

Review: Aspire Acclaimed Sunglasses

Review: Aspire Acclaimed Sunglasses

I did my best to break the Aspire Acclaimed sunglasses, without success. I threw them into pack bottoms, tossed them among sharp ice screws, stuffed them into pockets and, on several occasions, completely forgot where they were and sat on them. Much of this has to do with the fact […]

Review: Multi-Pitch Chalk Bag

Review: Multi-Pitch Chalk Bag

This ingenious innovation from Mammut is always met with excitement from anyone I show it to and skepticism from anyone I describe it to… “it’s kinda like a rock climbers fanny pack, but really cool!”.  All kidding aside, the multi-pitch chalk bag is a very functional piece of equipment that […]