Apparel — Upper

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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: Jottnar Fenrir Jacket

Review: Jottnar Fenrir Jacket

Jottnar is a very young, new company, founded just three years ago in 2013. In that short time, they have created a solid and focused range with core pieces from fleece mid-layers to full-featured hardshell jackets and pants. I received the Fenrir Jacket a few months ago and have been beating it up and using […]

Review: RAB Paradox Pull-On

Review: RAB Paradox Pull-On

RAB’s Paradox Pull-On, much like RAB’s Strata Flex before it, literally changed how I layer. The fit is, in a word, perfect. Performance across varied conditions is exemplary, and its versatility keeps astounding me. I think I’ve used it nearly every day this past winter, and don’t foresee hanging it […]