Apparel — Legs

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]