Miscellaneous

Review: GSI Outdoors Fairshare II

Review: GSI Outdoors Fairshare II

The Fairshare has been a staple of back-country enthusiasts for over a decade. The reason: It works!  It’s the perfect size to dupe an unsuspecting cook into giving you an extra scoop, it’s easy to clean and multi-functional.  That being said, the original FairShare isn’t without its flaws.  The hard […]

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: Aspire Acclaimed Sunglasses

Review: Aspire Acclaimed Sunglasses

I did my best to break the Aspire Acclaimed sunglasses, without success. I threw them into pack bottoms, tossed them among sharp ice screws, stuffed them into pockets and, on several occasions, completely forgot where they were and sat on them. Much of this has to do with the fact […]

Review: Petzl RAD System

Review: Petzl RAD System

Updated August 2016: Petzl has updated the published strength of the RAD line from 8kN to 12kN.  The line itself has not changed just how they have come about the published strength.  As I understand it the strength was originally based upon the minimum requirements of the CE standard that […]

Christmas Gift Ideas for that Hard-to-Shop-For Climber

Christmas Gift Ideas for that Hard-to-Shop-For Climber

Not sure what to get the ice climber or alpinist in the family? We’re here to help with some ideas for stocking stuffers and gifts.  In no particular order here are five great ideas that won’t break the bank: Lorpen Socks: Besides just being a great gift idea in general, socks […]