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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 […]

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 […]

Review: Arc’teryx Nuclei AR jacket

Review: Arc’teryx Nuclei AR jacket

I’m always skeptical when companies set out to ‘improve’ a product, especially if that item is already a favourite of mine. So when Arc’teryx replaced the Solo Hoody — my favourite and most-used belay jacket — with the Nuclei AR, needless to say I was curious to try it out […]

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 […]

Field Tested: OR Cathode Hoody

Field Tested: OR Cathode Hoody

The Cathode is a jacket that grows on me the more I wear it. When I first got it, it seemed to be nothing too special, just your usual lightweight synthetic with stretchy breathable side-panels. All the materials are high-quality, top-of-the-line spec, but it still didn’t seem too remarkable on paper. Fast […]

Field Tested: OR Lodestar Jacket

Field Tested: OR Lodestar Jacket

The first thing you notice about Outdoor Research’s Lodestar is how fuzzy and cozy it is on the inside. It’s like your favourite sweater. It’s probably warmer than your favourite sweater, though — this jacket is designed for winter use and it shows. The main body is made with Polartec […]

Field Tested: RAB Strata Flex jacket review

Field Tested: RAB Strata Flex jacket review

This might be a bit of a lofty statement but here goes: RAB’s Strata Flex jacket revolutionized how I layer. In situations where I’d previously wear a fleece mid-layer with a light softshell, I could now wear just the Strata Flex. Instead of bringing a lighter piece for that two-hour-uphill […]

Field Tested: Patagonia Levitation Hoody

Field Tested: Patagonia Levitation Hoody

Patagonia’s Levitation Hoody is about as simple as a jacket can get. This is not a bad thing. The Levitation is lightweight, stretchy and very breathable. It blocks wind fairly well, and I simply love the low-profile cuffs. The fabric is very stretchy, and double-woven for increased abrasion resistance while […]