Montane Minimus – Ultralight Rain Shell

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Every once and a while you come across a piece of gear that screams quality and functionality. When I find such items I share them here, on my blog, with you. Trust me when I tell you that there are hundreds of products that I get asked to review that do not make it onto […]

Haglöfs Talus Windstopper Jacket

Haglofs Talus Windstopper Jacket

The Haglöfs Talus windstopper is a superbly made minimalist soft shell jacket with just the right balance of features and simplicity. It is the softest, quietest (yes, some jackets can be noisy), and most comfortable soft shell I’ve worn, but more importantly it has proven extremely effective at stopping wind. Over the past few months […]

EMS Power Dry Fleece Pullover Review

EMS Power Dry Micro-Fleece Pullover

Do you have a piece of outdoor clothing that you wear all the time even when it doesn’t really fit the situation it was made for? A piece of clothing that is your absolute favorite and you wished you had more than one of because you knew you were going to wear it out too […]

Mechanix Wear Lightweight Gloves

Weighing in at a mere 1.75oz for a pair, the Mechanix Wear Fastfit gloves make for a great way to add an additional layer of protection to your hands while on the trail. I like to carry a pair of these with me when I go on longer multi-day hikes or when I know I’ll […]

Inov-8 Roclite 320 | Trail Runners

For the last eight months I’ve been wearing a pair of Inov-8 Roclite 320s as my primary trail shoe. I had been watching the trend towards switching to lightweight trail runners instead of more traditional hiking shoes/boots with great interest, but I have been slow or reluctant to make the move myself, until recently. One […]

Winter Traction Devices

It’s started getting colder and winter is almost here which means you’re already being hit up with winter products and deals.  Well there are a bunch of new snow and ice traction products on the market this year which look really interesting. I avoided getting any slip-on traction devices for my shoes last year and […]

Inov-8 Evoskin Barefoot Shoes

I’m amazed at how much the new Inov-8 Evoskin shoes look like the widely popular Vibram FiveFingers line of minimal/barefoot running shoes.  I guess it was only a matter of time before another company grasped upon a clever idea. Evoskin shoes are not currently available and won’t be on the market until the summer of […]

Vibram FiveFingers Review

I’ve wanted to get a pair of the Vibram FiveFingers shoes for some time, despite how weird they look. I’ve heard very good things about them and read some great reviews from several sources that I trust. Here is one such review, by my friend Andy, that if you’ve been thinking about buying a pair […]

DIY: Reflective Zipper Pulls

A friend recently remarked on the brightly colored zipper pulls that I have on several of my jackets, and it reminded me that this would probably be a good subject and backpacking tip to share with everyone else. The photo above shows three of my jackets with some of my DIY reflective zipper pulls made […]