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OR Summer 2016: Footwear

OR Summer 2016: Footwear

Among the hundreds of pairs of trail runners, light hiking boots, various approach shoes, numerous rock climbing shoes and a few technical alpine boots, it’s two pairs of alpine boots that stood out: Zamberlan’s Eiger Lite GTX and Scarpa’s Zodiac Tech GTX. Interestingly, both fill a similar niche: a low-cut, […]

OR Summer 2016: Hardware

OR Summer 2016: Hardware

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2016 wrapped up a couple weeks ago (I know, apologies for the delayed posts this year) and we’re kicking off the coverage with climbing hardware. By far and away the coolest and most impressive product is Maxim’s Platinum rope. The design interweaves the sheath with the […]

Golden Nut Award: Arcteryx Gamma MX Hoody

Golden Nut Award: Arcteryx Gamma MX Hoody

When we conceived the Golden Nut Award and were brainstorming which products to include, from among the dozens of ideas and suggestions, there is one piece we all agreed on right away: the Arc’teryx Gamma MX Hoody. Almost everyone I know either has or has had one, and with good […]

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 […]

EDK: Klean Kanteen Classic 27oz

EDK: Klean Kanteen Classic 27oz

EDK — These are the little bits of EveryDay Kit that make our life outdoors better. They’re not always glamorous, or the latest and greatest, but they’re always there for you when needed. We’ve chosen these products from among all others as they’re the kit we use on a regular basis. […]

OR Winter 2016: Apparel & Gloves

OR Winter 2016: Apparel & Gloves

The three biggest trends in apparel for F16 that I can see are: more Polartec Alpha in everything, mid/outer layer ultra-breathable pieces, and every variation of down you can imagine, from eco-recycled hydro-phobic flourocarbon-free fills to ultra-high-loft non-treated stuff. So here we go, in alphabetical order: Adidas Ndosphere Flex Hooded Jacket uses […]

OR Winter 2016: Hardware & Packs

OR Winter 2016: Hardware & Packs

The biggest piece of news out of Winter OR 2016, for ice climbers anyway, is a new Petzl pick, designed specifically for ice climbing. The Pur’Ice bears a resemblance to the Cascade picks of old, but is T-rated and has all the necessary filing to fit the current hammers and other accessories. […]

OR Winter 2016: Footwear

OR Winter 2016: Footwear

Undoubtedly, the star of the show was Arc’teryx’s forthcoming Procline “Ski Alpinism” boot. Arc’teryx are quick to point out it’s not a ski-boot-that-climbs but a climbing-boot-that-skis and has been developed alongside the Acrux AR boot. Luckily, I am sample size so get to try these on. In one word: wow. […]

OR Summer 2015: Clothes & Randoms

OR Summer 2015: Clothes & Randoms

A few pieces in clothing really intrigues us, either with thoughtful design or clever materials. Let’s deal with the clever ones first. First honours goes to RAB and their Rampage Jacket. Before I continue I’d like to thank RAB for making sure there’s an index in their 240-page workbook! But […]

OR Summer 2015: Backpacks

OR Summer 2015: Backpacks

Keeping it in alphabetical order this time… nothing revolutionary, but some cool updates. Arc’teryx is updating their Cierzo lineup for 2016. New, tougher fabrics should be more tear and abrasion resistant while retaining the packs’ light weight (375g for the 18L, 550g for the 28L). A large, glove-friendly top closure […]