Tag: Outdoor Research

Climber’s Christmas Gift Guide Part 1: Top 5 for 2016

Climber’s Christmas Gift Guide Part 1: Top 5 for 2016

Well it’s that time of year again and I’m sure that there’s a bunch of you out there with a hard-to-shop-for climber in the family.  Not to worry, we have a 2-part special that should help you with some Christmas gift ideas.  Part 1 will highlight five great gift ideas […]

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 […]

OR Summer 2015: Clothes & Randoms

OR Summer 2015: Clothes & Randoms

A few pieces in clothing really intrigues us, either with thoughtful design or clever materials. Let’s deal with the clever ones first. First honours goes to RAB and their Rampage Jacket. Before I continue I’d like to thank RAB for making sure there’s an index in their 240-page workbook! But […]

OR Summer 2015: Hardware

OR Summer 2015: Hardware

Somewhat surprisingly, not a lot of new hardware to report on from the show but what there was is very cool. So, without further ado, let’s start with the coolest product we found: Dry Ice The Kronos ice tool is the first T-rated CE-certified ice tool made from wood. Yup, […]

OR Summer 2014: Highlights

OR Summer 2014: Highlights

OR Summer 2014 is still going on but I’m already home due to a very tight schedule this summer. With only two days to spend on the show floor it was a whirlwind tour, but here are the highlights from the show. Full report coming later next week. For ease […]

Field Tested: OR Alibi II Gloves & Magic Tape

Field Tested: OR Alibi II Gloves & Magic Tape

Modern mixed routes require all sorts of tricks and tips to get right, whether just training or actually projecting something. Me, I’ll take all the help I can get on these steel-scarred rock climbs : shouted beta, laser-pointed-holds, and anything that will make it easier to hold onto my tools. […]

Comparison: Warm Gloves

Comparison: Warm Gloves

Every cold weather snap finds me digging through the box of gloves in the closet, pulling out the bulky, super-warm ones. Of all the types of gloves I have, and use, these are the hardest to fit: creating maximum warmth with minimum bulk is not an easy task, and maintaining […]