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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Minipresso GR and Minipresso Kit Review
Aug26

Minipresso GR and Minipresso Kit Review

  Bottom Line: A compact unit that makes excellent espresso on the go. Small enough to bring camping or even on hiking day trips. Pulls a shot of espresso that actually tastes like true espresso. The additional “Minipresso Kit” is a must if you plan to use this device for camping and hiking. Observations: I became aware of this unit a few months back when I saw a friend using his on an adventure. I’m always...

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Good To-Go Dehydrated Meals Review
Jun06

Good To-Go Dehydrated Meals Review

Bottom Line: Good To-Go makes healthy, gourmet, back-country, boil-in-a-bag dehydrated meals. That’s right, you read that correctly, healthy and gourmet, restaurant quality food that you can take with you adventuring. Created by a chef who wanted good for you, good tasting food while enjoying the outdoors. There is nothing better than being able to look forward to food after a day out in the mountains and I can truthfully say that...

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Mountain Hardwear Scrambler RT 35 Outdry Backpack Review
May18

Mountain Hardwear Scrambler RT 35 Outdry Backpack Review

Bottom Line: A light, versatile and durable backpack that’s, more importantly, waterproof! Perfect for anything from rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing, hiking… etc. Observations: Two years ago we tested the Scrambler 30 Outdry pack. You can see our review of that here: Scrambler 30 Outdry Pack Review. Back then one of my main concerns with that backpack was the lack of a roll-top closure. The main compartment was...

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