Tag: Patagonia

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 […]

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 […]

Winter 2017 OR – Apparel Report

Winter 2017 OR – Apparel Report

This year’s Winter Outdoor Retailer showcased a wide array of new pieces of apparel and gloves to examine and try on. I have broken down the show into new technologies or innovative pieces, major trends, then followed that up with gloves. The major trends I found over the show were in environmental […]

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 […]

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 […]

Comparison Review: Cragging Packs

Comparison Review: Cragging Packs

With spring rock-climbing-road-trip season upon us, and summer just around the corner, I thought it’s time to look at some packs designed specifically for rock cragging. Of course, any backpack, haul bag or even a large grocery bag will do, but these purpose-designed packs make the experience more enjoyable, and […]

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: Patagonia Ascensionist 35 Review

Field Tested: Patagonia Ascensionist 35 Review

I first got a quick taste of Patagonia’s Ascensionist 35L pack back in the fall when I used a loaner for a week or so. I was impressed with the comfort and carrying capacity, but torn about the top lid/collar closure system and downright skeptical about the pack’s durability, as […]

Alpine Pack Comparison: 20-35L Range

Alpine Pack Comparison: 20-35L Range

This is a quick comparison of a few packs in the 20-35L range. I’ll compare their relative size, tool attachment options, and weight. I have not had a chance to use the Alpha yet (it arrived yesterday) and I have only a few days under the Ascensionist: stay tuned for […]

Field Tested: Patagonia Knifeblade Jacket (& Pullover)

Field Tested: Patagonia Knifeblade Jacket (& Pullover)

I discovered Patagonia’s Knifeblade soft shell in typical fashion: I saw one for sale online for a great price, and immediately snapped it up. It has since become my favourite jacket for everything from fall trail runs and cool-weather rock climbing to summer alpine and mid-winter ice. For Fall 2013, […]