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Summer OR 2017: Sleep & Cookware

Summer OR 2017: Sleep & Cookware

Shelters, sleeping systems and cookware are not the most glamorous products to check out at OR; even in our day-to-day they tend to stay on the sidelines, functioning silently in the background. But, sometimes some cool tech and innovations show up at the show, so here are the coolest bits […]

Summer OR 2017: Apparel

Summer OR 2017: Apparel

The biggest news of the show in apparel is Gore’s introduction of Active 2.0, a new version of the ultralight, ultra-breathable waterproof membrane. The new fabrics are approx. 20% lighter than the previous version, and will weigh in at 65 – 130 g/m2. This results in incredibly light apparel, and […]

Summer OR 2017: Packs

Summer OR 2017: Packs

Packs are by far my weakest spot when it comes to outdoor gear: I currently have 23 climbing specific packs, two massive 100L load-haulers and around six various duffel bags. And I can’t seem to get rid of any of them! So, needless to say, the pack companies displaying at […]

Summer OR 2017: Footwear

Summer OR 2017: Footwear

There is always a theme to every OR show and this summer it was decidedly rock shoes. La Sportiva added a whole bunch of women’s shoes, Scarpa’s got some cool lace-ups, Evolv is adding a couple to the line-up and Butora has a sweet, super-soft slipper. The big news, of […]

Summer 2017 OR: New Gear Awards

Summer 2017 OR: New Gear Awards

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2017 was the last show in Salt Lake City, and with a lot of political controversy surrounding the show (CNN), several of the industry’s most recognizable and respected brands boycotted the show as a sign of protest (most notably in the climbing zone, missing were Patagonia, Arc’teryx, […]

Life with a Land Rover, pt.1

Life with a Land Rover, pt.1

Off-road driving, 4x4ing and exploring random roads are all pretty common activities among climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Quite often a slightly off-road-friendly vehicle with all-wheel-drive, such as a Subaru, is enough, especially when it comes to well-travelled dirt roads. Venture a little bit more off the beaten path, however, […]

Petzl Sirocco, version II

Petzl Sirocco, version II

When the original Sirocco came out almost four years ago, it came in only one colour — bright orange — and had a unique look that resembled, ah, let’s say wrinkled skin. However, it was also very light, extremely durable and comfortable enough for all-day use, and soon became a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Training – DIY Training Tools

Training – DIY Training Tools

As a climber, there comes a time in your life where you find THAT route. The one you can’t figure out and it eats away at you. So you make it a project. You come back to it a few times, flail around and attempt to piece it together on […]