Keen Olympus Crew Sock

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.

Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka

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.

Black Diamond Ice Box

Black Diamond Ice Box

You know, ice climbing is a lot like rock climbing. Only it’s not. The surface you’re climbing is frozen water: treacherous, slick, and much more prone to breaking. Also, formations like glaciers and frozen waterfalls tend to be ridiculously remote—so there’s that, too. Forget a crampon or an ice screw in the car and your Read more…