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First Look: Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody

First Look: Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody

The first iteration of Patagonia’s Micro Puff showed up around ten years ago as a groundbreaking, lightweight layering and belay piece. That first Hoody came in at over 500 grams and over the years used a variety of different insulations: Polarguard, Climashield, Primaloft One, Primaloft Sport; perhaps others I don’t […]

First Look: RAB Borealis Pull-On

First Look: RAB Borealis Pull-On

Softshells are by far my favourite outer layer: soft and stretchy, often with a soft, quiet hand and just the right combination of wind-proofness, warmth and water-resistance. But they are often a bit too warm for summer use, so I was quite excited to see the Borealis Jacket and Pull-On […]

Review: Camp Climbing Gloves

Review: Camp Climbing Gloves

Gloves are one of the most difficult pieces of climbing kit to get right. I can live with slightly-too-big waistbands and tight hoods and sleeves that rise up a bit and small pockets and a myriad other design details, but an ill-fitting pair of gloves just doesn’t cut it. Over […]

Review: Therm-a-Rest SpeedValve Sleeping Pads

Review: Therm-a-Rest SpeedValve Sleeping Pads

Having used various Therm-a-Rest mattresses with the typical screw-down valve for almost 20 years, the new SpeedValve system looks a bit odd and feels quite strange to use at first. But after a couple months of weekly use the SpeedValve has proven to be faster and easier to inflate, significantly […]

Review: Adidas Terrex Dawn Wall Hoodie

Review: Adidas Terrex Dawn Wall Hoodie

If you’ve never considered Adidas as a viable brand for outdoor apparel, you wouldn’t be alone: I get a lot of strange looks when I say two of my favourite down jackets are from Adidas Outdoor. Honestly, I was quite surprised by them as well, and continue to marvel at […]

Review: Big Agnes Battle Mountain 2

Review: Big Agnes Battle Mountain 2

There are three main things I look at when shopping for a four-season carry-friendly mountain tent: weight, strength and price. Those three are often at odds with each other, and finding that perfect combination can take time and a lot of research. The Big Agnes Battle Mountain 2 most certainly […]

Review: Arc’teryx Proton AR

Review: Arc’teryx Proton AR

Active breathable insulation is nothing new by now — every major brand has at least a couple of these pieces in their clothing line-up, most utilizing some form of Polartec’s Alpha insulation. Arc’teryx often have proprietary fabrics and insulation fills, and the Coreloft Continuous used in the Proton AR is […]

Review: Outdoor Research Realm Jacket

Review: Outdoor Research Realm Jacket

This is an odd review, as it’s for an item that I know will be drastically altered soon and in my opinion, not for the better. Before we get into those details, let me introduce you to the Realm Jacket from Outdoor Research. At 294 grams for a Men’s Medium, […]

Review: Therm-a-Rest Couple Sleep System

Review: Therm-a-Rest Couple Sleep System

Snuggling into your climbing partner while shivering on a ledge, half-covered by one sleeping bag, is not the most enjoyable way to spend a night. Memorable, yes, but comfortable it is not, and having your own sleeping bag would be much more preferable. Sometimes, however, it is nice to share […]

Summer OR 2017: Climbing Gear

Summer OR 2017: Climbing Gear

Finally, the one you’ve all been waiting for (sorry, took me a while to get all the details): climbing hardware! Not a lot of new announcements, but some very interesting and innovative new items coming our way. The Beal Escaper is of course the item everyone wants to know more […]