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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Mountain Hardwear StretchDown RS Jacket Review
May12

Mountain Hardwear StretchDown RS Jacket Review

Bottom Line: A warm and light down puffy jacket that is excellently form-fitting. It does not pull and tug under the armpits like many other down garments. Excellent for days in the wild when it’s too cold to take off your puffy even when your moving. Observations: So the main selling point with this new StretchDown RS Down jacket from Mountain Hardwear is that the fabric is stretchy and the seams between the down-filled baffles...

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Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 2 Tent Review
Jul08

Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 2 Tent Review

Bottom Line:  An Ultralight, 2 person, 3 season tent that’s perfect for those fast and light missions when saving a bit of extra weight is going to make all the difference. First Impressions and Observations: The SuperMegaUL 2 is a beautiful tent, sexy even! It’s light (minimum weight: 2lb 2oz), sets up easily and accommodates two individuals on mummy sleeping pads with room in the vestibule for packs and boots. To make...

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Our first tent: The MSR Mutha Hubba
Mar27

Our first tent: The MSR Mutha Hubba

Back in mid 2010 myself and my wife knew we needed to bite the bullet and start buying all our camping and hiking gear. We’d recently moved to BC, Canada from Ireland and knew that we wanted to start exploring the mountains as soon as possible. The problem was we knew nobody and didn’t know anything about how to properly hike or camp in the backcountry. All our shirts were cotton, all our pants were denim, our shoes were bought for...

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Julbo Tensing: Thoughts on Glacier Glasses
Jan24

Julbo Tensing: Thoughts on Glacier Glasses

For the past decade I’ve worn Ray-Ban Aviators as my sunglasses of choice. I love them and for the longest time my eyes had never felt strained from sunlight while wearing them. This all changed when I started Mountaineering and hiking across glaciers and snowfields. For those that haven’t been high in the mountains on a sunny day in June in the middle of a glacier it is hard to describe the intensity of the brightness. The snow...

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