Alpine

Review: Osprey Mutant 38 Pack

Review: Osprey Mutant 38 Pack

Long Term Review: Osprey Mutant 38 Pack Osprey has the reputation for making extremely comfortable packs and the redesigned Mutant 38 doesn’t disappoint.  This spacious 38L top loader fits like a glove, making it easy to forget how much heavy gear’s in it.  It’s also a very well thought out […]

Review: G3 VIA Carbon Ski Pole

Review: G3 VIA Carbon Ski Pole

The VIA Carbon pole from G3 is exactly what a ski touring or mountaineering pole should be.  And while G3 may not yet have the brand recognition of some of the larger companies, when it comes to backcountry ski touring and mountaineering they’re on the cutting edge!  I’ve been testing […]

Review: Petzl Sum’Tec Mountaineering Axe

Review: Petzl Sum’Tec Mountaineering Axe

There’s a wide range of alpine ice axes or piolets on the market and it can seem confusing or intimidating when trying to choose one.  However, when it comes to a versatile alpine climbing and mountaineering tool the Petzl Sum’tec has no rival.  If you’re in the market for a […]

Review: RAB Flashpoint Jacket

Review: RAB Flashpoint Jacket

Review: RAB Flashpoint Jacket If you’re like me you take a waterproof jacket on most summer alpine missions, just in case.  In case there’s a rain shower or a snow flurry, strong winds or (hopefully not!) an unplanned bivi.  So, if the jacket is going to spend the majority of […]

Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X-Therm

Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X-Therm

The Therm-a-Rest brand has been a staple for years. I have a BaseCamp mattress going on 13 years of use, but it takes up as much space as a folding chair in my car! When I started looking for something a bit more space friendly, the X-Therm was at the […]

Review: RAB Nebula belay parka

Review: RAB Nebula belay parka

New types of insulation always interest me. Down keeps getting pricier, and it seems as if at some point synthetic reached its limits, so now we’re seeing a lot of down getting mixed with synthetics into various blends. The holy grail? Synthetic that performs like down: warmth without weight that’s also […]

Review: Mammut Zephir Altitude Harness

Review: Mammut Zephir Altitude Harness

The new Zephir Altitude harness from Mammut is extremely light with an elegantly simple and functional design.  It has exactly what’s needed for ski mountaineering/touring as well as general mountaineering in a nicely laid-out package that’s comfortable to wear under a big pack all day.  I took the harness out for a few weeks ski touring […]

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 — […]

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 […]

First Look: Scarpa Phantom 6000

First Look: Scarpa Phantom 6000

Unlike the Scarpa Phantom Tech, the new 2016 Phantom 6000 doesn’t lose weight but gains warmth instead. Scarpa claim a 15% increase in warmth, and though I don’t know how to measure that, the boot does feel warmer on my feet than the previous version. Weight, as mentioned, stays pretty […]