Apparel — Legs

Women’s Summer Pants Tips

Women’s Summer Pants Tips

So, ice season might be over….sob, sob, sniffle. But, once the snow is gone, it’s time to break out the rock gear! For a typical cragging day, the hardest decision I usually have to make in the morning is what to wear. Ugh. If I end up wearing pants, I […]

Review: Ternua Withorn Pant

Review: Ternua Withorn Pant

Ternua is a somewhat young company and a definite newcomer to the North American market, so new in fact that the store closest to Canmore is located in Greenland according to the store-locator on Ternua’s website. Started in 1995, the Spanish company is committed to high-performance products, fabric innovation and […]

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 […]

Field Tested Review: Patagonia Reconnaissance Pants

Field Tested Review: Patagonia Reconnaissance Pants

Like many outdoor companies Patagonia has come out with a new hybrid pant and jacket that combines 3-layer waterproof-breathable fabric with stretchy soft-shell material into one piece of clothing.  The idea of course is to create a garment that benefits from the advantages of both fabric types through their strategic […]

Field Tested Review:  Arc’teryx Lithic Comp Pant

Field Tested Review: Arc’teryx Lithic Comp Pant

When Arc’teryx released the Lithic Comp pant (well actually they’re technically bibs) last fall I was a bit skeptical as I’m not a big fan of bibs; I find that they tend to be hot on the up-track.  However the promise offered by the combination of hardshell and shoftshell fabrics […]

Review: Arc’teryx Gamma Rock pant

Review: Arc’teryx Gamma Rock pant

The Gamma Rock pant became an unexpected summer favourite for me. Unexpected, because when I first received these, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the design. For one, the legs are somewhat shorter than I’m used to and I felt as if my ankles were exposed (to what, […]

Field Tested: Arc’teryx Alpha SV CZ Bib

Field Tested: Arc’teryx Alpha SV CZ Bib

Gore-Tex bibs are a rather specialized piece of clothing. Hardshell pants are pretty serious gear already, and when you add a chest-high bib to the ensemble, you end up with one very hardcore pair of pants. So when Arc’teryx sent me a pair of their redesigned Alpha SV CZ Bib […]

First Look: Arcteryx Alpha Comp Jacket & Pants

First Look: Arcteryx Alpha Comp Jacket & Pants

The original Arc’Teryx Alpha Comp Jacket came out about ten years ago — or so Internet searches tell me, because I neither climbed ice or alpine, nor needed such a dedicated, technical piece. Fast forward ten years and the new-for-2014 Alpha Comp Jacket and Pants continue Arc’Teryx’s pattern of innovation […]