Travel / Lifestyle

Review: Helinox Cot Lite

Review: Helinox Cot Lite

Cots have the reputation of being heavy, bulky and not always all that comfortable.  Not really something that you want to take into the backcountry, right?  Well Helinox doesn’t agree and as experts in light and comfortable camping gear they should know (check out the Chair One if you haven’t […]

Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X-Therm

Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X-Therm

The Therm-a-Rest brand has been a staple for years. I have a BaseCamp mattress going on 13 years of use, but it takes up as much space as a folding chair in my car! When I started looking for something a bit more space friendly, the X-Therm was at the […]

Review: Camp Coffee Brewer Face-Off

Review: Camp Coffee Brewer Face-Off

Like much of life, a day of climbing is best kick started by a heavy dose of caffeine.  The performance and mood enhancing effects of caffeine greatly increase success rates by supplying the necessary motivation for the climber to get up and then, once imbibed, lubricate synapses whereby headaches are […]

Review: Helinox Chair One

Review: Helinox Chair One

Like many backcountry enthusiasts I do a lot of camping to facilitate my addictions to skiing, climbing and alpinism.  This can involve easy car camping where I drive right up to the camping spot (Indian Creek, Red Rocks, Yosemite, etc.) to locations where I take a helicopter or plane into […]

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 […]

Field Tested: Osprey Shuttle 36” / 130L

Field Tested: Osprey Shuttle 36” / 130L

Many of the most exciting and memorable trips, expeditions and vacations include a flight or two requiring heavy, gear laden bags to be hauled though airports.  While most travelers have color coordinated suitcases that strap together into a tidy package that is easily rolled around airports, almost eliminating the requirement […]

Field Tested Review: Arc’teryx Acrux FL Shoes

Field Tested Review: Arc’teryx Acrux FL Shoes

When Arc’teryx announced that the company was going to make footwear, it was one of those foreseeable surprises. As one of the more innovative brands in the outdoor market, their announcement wasn’t out of character, but footwear was somewhat unexpected. I wasn’t sure what to make of the shoes once […]

Field Tested: Arcteryx Carrier Duffle review

Field Tested: Arcteryx Carrier Duffle review

When I first received it, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Arc’teryx’s new Carrier Duffle. It is by far the most shapeless duffle bag I’ve seen, and there isn’t much to it either. However the fabric is claimed to be “highly weather resistant” and “highly durable,” and the […]

Field Tested Review: Innate Gear ‘gear’

Field Tested Review: Innate Gear ‘gear’

Innate Gear is a Vancouver, BC-based company that makes a lot of cool ‘things’ for storing and transporting various ‘stuff.’ This includes everything from vacuum insulated bottles, stainless steel flasks and other food-storage containers to stuff sacks, travel towels and document envelopes. Due to Innate’s commitment to sustainable design and […]

Field Tested: Switch Vision H-Wall Extreme Sunglasses

Field Tested: Switch Vision H-Wall Extreme Sunglasses

As a recent convert to contact lenses, I have now found myself in the typical-for-most situation of using sunglasses. As most of you probably already know, there are literally tens of thousands of sunglasses available — that is, until you actually start looking for something technically functional. What do I […]