Tag: Patagonia

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 […]

Comparison Review: Mid-size Ski Packs

Comparison Review: Mid-size Ski Packs

The Alpine Start has done a lot of pack reviews over the years but usually these reviews are of ice, rock or alpine oriented packs.  This year we decided to take this expertise and apply it to a comparison review of some newer mid-size ski packs.  We chose this size […]

Field Tested Review: Patagonia Reconnaissance Pants

Field Tested Review: Patagonia Reconnaissance Pants

Like many outdoor companies Patagonia has come out with a new hybrid pant and jacket that combines 3-layer waterproof-breathable fabric with stretchy soft-shell material into one piece of clothing.  The idea of course is to create a garment that benefits from the advantages of both fabric types through their strategic […]

Field Tested: Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Field Tested: Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Patagonia’s Houdini Jacket is a simple, lightweight, weather resistant shell that almost disappears into its own pocket when it’s not being used.  While advertised as a shell for runners on Patagonia’s website we tested it on some multi-pitch rock climbs where weight and bulk are the enemy.  The Houdini worked […]

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 […]

Field Tested: Patagonia Crag Daddy Pack 45L

Field Tested: Patagonia Crag Daddy Pack 45L

Spring is here once again and many of us are taking our rock gear out of the dark corner that we threw it into after our fall climbing trip and getting ready to hit the crag.  To cart all that lightweight but surprisingly heavy gear around most outdoor companies have […]

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 […]