Arc’teryx Acrux AR Boot Review
Dec08

Arc’teryx Acrux AR Boot Review

Bottom Line: Among the line up of mountaineering boots on the market the Arc’teryx Acrux AR Mountaineering boot is a solid contender and in many respects comes out on top as first choice. Acrux AR Boot Observations: The first thing you will notice is the sleek, low profile design. All black with a flash of red on the toe and zipper pull tab, the boots are classic Arc’teryx with clean lines, no fuss and attention paid to the smallest...

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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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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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