Natti Bar Review
Jan09

Natti Bar Review

Bottom Line: Natti Bar is 100% dehydrated banana, one ingredient, it’s that simple. Have you ever tried to take a banana in your backpack on a hike or camping trip? I have and it’s usually a bit of a disaster. The Natti bar is a convenient way to bring bananas with you wherever you go without the worry of ending up with mush in the bottom of your pack. Natti Bar Observations: The Natti Bar is naturally gluten-free, vegan and made with...

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Icebreaker Affinity Thermo LS Half Zip Review
Jan05

Icebreaker Affinity Thermo LS Half Zip Review

Bottom Line: The Icebreaker Affinity Thermo LS Half Zip is a lightweight, technical merino wool blend base layer for snowy days in the back country. Lightweight with stylish textured patterning, it’s versatile enough to wear ski touring or with a pair of jeans around town. Icebreaker Affinity Thermo LS Zip Neck Observations: The sign of a good piece of outdoor clothing for me, or any item of clothing for that matter, is if when I am...

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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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Island Lake Lodge Review
Feb14

Island Lake Lodge Review

Bottom Line: Close your eyes and think about the perfect mountain cabin setting. You might be picturing something like this: sitting on the balcony of a log cabin looking out over a beautiful alpine lake with a vast mountain range within hiking distance, the jagged peaks piercing the cobalt blue sky above. If this is similar to what you just had in your mind, you just pictured Island Lake Lodge. At Island Lake you can enjoy everything...

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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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