Mammut Kento HS Jacket Review
Jun09

Mammut Kento HS Jacket Review

Bottom Line: The Mammut Kento HS Hooded Jacket is a hardshell jacket perfect for a range of outdoor pursuits were protection from the wind and rain is necessary. Lightweight and small packing size makes this a perfect jacket to stow in the bottom of your pack and leave there for when you’ll need it. Observations: Recently I had the opportunity to use and test out the Mammut Kento HS jacket during a few coastal hikes in Ireland...

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Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 Trail Runner Review
Apr20

Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 Trail Runner Review

Bottom Line: The Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 is a light, cushy trail runner that can easily do double duty on roads as well as other hard packed surfaces. It feels like you are literally floating on the trails. Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 Observations: Recently I had the opportunity to test out the Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 on the trails around Southwest BC. The terrain here is mostly coastal rainforest, so it’s rocky,...

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The Wilderness Season’s Pass for the Canadian Rockies!
Nov09

The Wilderness Season’s Pass for the Canadian Rockies!

Bottom Line: If you live near the National Parks in Alberta, are planning to visit there and recreate for a week or more or simply want the option of staying somewhere road accessible that’s in the heart of the Canadian Rockies then you simply have to purchase the “Wilderness Season’s Pass” by Hostelling International. Observations: When I first learned about the “Wilderness Season’s Pass” I...

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Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket
Oct20

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket

Bottom Line: A hooded jacket that finds that narrow balancing point between warmth, durability and weight. Perfect as a belay jacket for rock and ice climbing, a ski touring mid-layer or as an ultralight jacket to always have stuffed into a corner of your pack for when the mountains are a little chillier than anticipated. Observations: I had the opportunity to test out the Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket on a number of cold...

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Mountain Hardwear OpticVue 2.5 Tent Review
Oct19

Mountain Hardwear OpticVue 2.5 Tent Review

Bottom Line: A spacious and feature rich 2 person, 3 season tent. The OpticVue 2.5 has a really interesting design that allows for 180 degree views. A bit heavy for backpacking, but still manageable. Perfect for car camping or kayak/canoe trips! Observations: I got to use this on a number of multi-day trips, mainly a week long sea kayaking adventure as well as several road-trips. I’ve come to love this tent so much that it is...

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