Archives for March 2013

Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover

Every year, around springtime, I always lament at having to hang up my Patagonia Synchilla Snap-T. The damn things are ubiquitous, and for a reason. They’re arguably the best fleece ever made. Now you can extend the life of your favorite fleece into the early springtime months with the new Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover.

Jetboil Flash Java Kit

Nearly all avid backpackers will tell you that they have no problem living without most of life’s luxuries when they’re out in the woods. It’s part of the freedom and appeal of being out in the backcountry. This back to basics mentality has a limit though, and that line is usually drawn right at the Read more…

Keen Olympus Crew Sock

Socks are socks, right? Well, ask any long distance backpacker and they’ll tell you that socks can make or break you when you’re on the trail long term. This spring, Keen’s introducing the Keen Olympus Crew Sock, the best hiking/backpacking sock we’ve ever seen hit the market.

Function Ultralight Ski & Snowboard Carry Systems

There’s so much to love about skiing and snowboarding: the gear, the speed, the mountain, hot chocolate (or something stronger), but long parking lot walks with your gear and tedious hikes up and through backcountry can be a pain. Function’s Ultralight Ski & Snowboard Carry Systems are incredibly light and well-designed gear made to make Read more…

Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock

One of the best things about backcountry camping is the daily quest for that perfect campsite. Depending on the terrain though, it’s not always going to be soft, flat, dry ground perfectly suited for easy sleeping. Camping hammocks can be a real lifesaver when the terrain gets gnarly, and no one builds a better one Read more…

Columbia River Knife & Tool Zilla-Tool

The world of multi-tools can get mundane pretty quickly. Every now and then a company might squeeze in an extra tool or gizmo, but for the most part multi-tools are all the same. It usually just comes down to who can build the strongest and most dependable version of the standard multi-tool design. Columbia River Read more…

Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka

Down is a wonderful thing. It’s miraculously lightweight and extremely warm, but it’s not the easiest material to work with. Patagonia just released a limited edition down parka they’re claiming is the best parka ever made. After we checked out the specs on the new Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka, we tend to agree with them.