Apparel

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: 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: 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, […]

Patagonia High Alpine Kit

Patagonia High Alpine Kit

Patagonia is an intriguing company, at once a leader in environmentally-friendly industrial practices while pushing innovation and technical performance in technical apparel. As much as I admire Patagonia, however, I’ve not really gotten along with its products and have often struggled with the fit, design or performance. Until now, that […]

Winter 2017 OR – Apparel Report

Winter 2017 OR – Apparel Report

This year’s Winter Outdoor Retailer showcased a wide array of new pieces of apparel and gloves to examine and try on. I have broken down the show into new technologies or innovative pieces, major trends, then followed that up with gloves. The major trends I found over the show were in environmental […]

Long Term Review: Julbo Venturi Zebra

Long Term Review: Julbo Venturi Zebra

Between a combination of light coloured eyes and contact lenses, sunglasses are a vital piece of kit for me on just about any mountain adventure. Up until finding the Julbo Venturi Zebra’s, I have always had to compromise between some combination of finding sunglasses that fit, can keep up with […]

Arc’teryx Phase SL Base Layer System

Arc’teryx Phase SL Base Layer System

Winter has to be my favourite season, despite how difficult it is to dress for. The love-hate relationship with managing your body heat is one that can really discourage play outside during the winter if you haven’t fine-tuned it. Too cold is miserable, but too warm will mean sweating which […]