Latest Posts

Event: Arcteryx Climbing Academy

Event: Arcteryx Climbing Academy

The West Coast is a pretty special place, especially in summer. The mountains seem to rise straight from the ocean, their slopes clad in a thick forest of lush, towering trees. Squamish, located at the head of Howe Sound, is home to world class rock climbing on the granite cliffs that […]

Review: OR Splitter Crack Gloves

Review: OR Splitter Crack Gloves

Early last year we featured a review of the Ocun crack gloves, however since that article was posted more crack climbing gloves have come onto the market including the Super Crack gloves by ClimbX and the Splitter Crack gloves by OR.  While we’ve had the opportunity to try out both, […]

Review: Cassin X-All Mountain Ice Tools

Review: Cassin X-All Mountain Ice Tools

As a newish ice climber, I spent the first few years renting ice tools from the local outdoor centre and borrowing tools from friends, acquaintances and whomever was willing to lend me a pair. As I live in Calgary, Alberta, with a large population of ice climbers and a short […]

Review: Beeline iPhone Case

Review: Beeline iPhone Case

The Beeline case approaches the problem of dropping your phone from a slightly different perspective: instead of providing protection when you drop your phone, it tries to prevent your phone from hitting the ground using a built-in lanyard. (Though impact protection is built into the case, as well.) Beeline cases […]

Review: Arc’teryx Nuclei AR jacket

Review: Arc’teryx Nuclei AR jacket

I’m always skeptical when companies set out to ‘improve’ a product, especially if that item is already a favourite of mine. So when Arc’teryx replaced the Solo Hoody — my favourite and most-used belay jacket — with the Nuclei AR, needless to say I was curious to try it out […]

Review: La Sportiva Trango ICE Cube GTX

Review: La Sportiva Trango ICE Cube GTX

The first thing you notice about the La Sportiva Trango ICE Cube GTX (other than the unnecessarily long name) is how light they are. My size 43.5 come in at 776 grams. That is a scant 36 grams heavier than the 3-season Trango Cube GTX, on which they appear to be closely […]

Review: Singing Rock Penta Helmet

Review: Singing Rock Penta Helmet

The arguments and evidence for wearing a climbing helmet are long-documented, both through lab testing and anecdotal evidence. It’s also widely accepted that users are more likely to wear a lighter helmet but even the lightest helmet in the world won’t save your head if you’re not wearing it because […]

Review: CiloGear 30L Guide Service pack

Review: CiloGear 30L Guide Service pack

CiloGear’s 30L Guide Service pack is hard to put away. I’m a gear reviewer and a hopeless pack rat, so the selection of 30L-something packs around here is abundant (eight, by last count). Yet, time after time, I find myself reaching for the 30GS more often than not when I’m […]

Golden Nut Award intro

Golden Nut Award intro

The Golden Nut Award is presented to gear that has proven itself — both in design and construction — in the only test that really matters: regular, real-world use in all kinds of conditions over years, or even decades. It is gear that performs over the long haul. Whether measured […]

Review: OR Iceline Jacket & Pants

Review: OR Iceline Jacket & Pants

The Iceline Jacket & Pants from Outdoor Research have been designed specifically with ice climbers in mind, and are aimed at the more moderate-weather, wet-ice climbing days rather than the frigid depths of winter (i.e. most of the time?). The Iceline(s) offer most of the protection of a hardshell in […]