Mountain Hardwear. Mountain Hardwear Phantasia 15F sleeping bag review. Posted on Categories EquipmentTags Leave a comment on Mountain Hardwear Phantasia 15F sleeping bag review

Mountain Hardwear Phantasia 15F sleeping bag review

Bottom Line: Is it possible to have a sleeping bag that you contemplate using at home because it’s so comfortable ? It is with the Mountain Hardwear Phantasia 15F. I had never thought about the outer material that a sleeping bag was made from before and generally wouldn’t have based my decision to buy one … Read more ›

The North Face. Running tips from The North Face athletes. Posted on Categories Apparel·Equipment·FootwearTags Leave a comment on Running tips from The North Face athletes

Running tips from The North Face athletes

I flew out to Toronto recently to take part in what turned out to be an amazing weekend of cross-country running at Blue Mountain Resort in Ontario.  The Endurance Challenge is a series of races in the US, but this was the first of its kind in Canada. I would suggest it to anyone looking … Read more ›

Black Diamond. The Black Diamond Ember flashlight. Posted on Categories EquipmentTags 3 Comments on The Black Diamond Ember flashlight

The Black Diamond Ember flashlight

Check out the new Ember Power Light from Black Diamond. It does look like an ordinary flashlight at first glance (A flashlight is something people used to use before headlamps- some would say they are like the cassettes of the outdoor industry). It is more than an object that emits light. One LED will produce … Read more ›

Louis Garneau. The 6 Essentials For Cycling: Louis Garneau Quartz II Helmet. Posted on Categories EquipmentTags Leave a comment on The 6 Essentials For Cycling: Louis Garneau Quartz II Helmet

The 6 Essentials For Cycling: Louis Garneau Quartz II Helmet

I wore the LG Quartz II on a spring ride. The temperature was cool and comfortable, between 10 and 20 degrees (the sun came out at one point). We were a group of amateur road cyclists, the TCT, who rolls in rural areas. The wind was really strong, so I quickly felt the ventilation of … Read more ›

Smith Optics. The 6 Essentials for Cycling: Smith Glasses Pivlock V2 Super Platinum Ignitor Clear Lens. Posted on Categories EquipmentTags Leave a comment on The 6 Essentials for Cycling: Smith Glasses Pivlock V2 Super Platinum Ignitor Clear Lens

The 6 Essentials for Cycling: Smith Glasses Pivlock V2 Super Platinum Ignitor Clear Lens

Made without a frame for maximal visibility, the Smith PivLocks will please cyclists that, like me, are looking for light, comfortable and versatile glasses. Our review of this product 8.6 / 10 The pros are: Lightweight 3 Interchangeable Lenses Optimal Visibility The cons are: Non polarized These glasses are sold with three interchangeable lenses (black, … Read more ›

Camping, Food. Top 5 Cooking Equipment for Camping. Posted on Categories EquipmentTags , Leave a comment on Top 5 Cooking Equipment for Camping

Top 5 Cooking Equipment for Camping

Here is a list of kitchen essentials for the light traveler.  Are you planning a hike on which you can’t take much with you? Are you longing for a simpler lifestyle? You’re not afraid of more Spartan habits? Here are the top 5 essential items for your outdoor kitchen set. 1. A Compact Burner You have … Read more ›

PackTowl. Top 10 Staff Picks: PackTowl Unisex RobeTowl. Posted on Categories EquipmentTags Leave a comment on Top 10 Staff Picks: PackTowl Unisex RobeTowl

Top 10 Staff Picks: PackTowl Unisex RobeTowl

The ultimate travel towel in the shape of a bathrobe Our review of this product 8.0 / 10 The pros are: Lightweight Super absorbent The cons are: Not very comfortable to put on when you are wet Every efficient traveler knows the famous Packtowl towel. Lightweight, thin and ultra absorbent, it is perfect for wiping … Read more ›

Filson. Top 10 Staff Picks: Filson Padded laptop Bag-Briefcase. Posted on Categories EquipmentTags Leave a comment on Top 10 Staff Picks: Filson Padded laptop Bag-Briefcase

Top 10 Staff Picks: Filson Padded laptop Bag-Briefcase

The Filson padded laptop Bag-Briefcase that I tested out is definitely very solid and durable. But let’s admit it: it’s pretty pricey. It’s not a lightweight and water-repellant bag either. The fabricant didn’t reinvent the way to wear a shoulder bag with this model: you carry it in your hand, like a briefcase, or wear … Read more ›

Camping. Top 10 Staff picks : Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Lantern. Posted on Categories EquipmentTags Leave a comment on Top 10 Staff picks : Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Lantern

Top 10 Staff picks : Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Lantern

The Mini Hozuki Lantern from Snow Peak is definitely a practical and useful item for all of your outdoor adventures. Its compact and lightweight, even comes with batteries. You can choose from three different brightness settings, there’s even a strobe light feature to add a little ambiance to those late night dance parties. It can light … Read more ›

Lowepro. Top 10 Staff Picks: Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW bag. Posted on Categories EquipmentTags Leave a comment on Top 10 Staff Picks: Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW bag

Top 10 Staff Picks: Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW bag

Just got my Lowepro camera bag; it will make me take better pictures right? In short the Flipside Sport 15L AW is a 15 liter camera bag made to carry (almost) all your camera gear. Unlike most other camera bags I have owned, including other Lowepro’s and Timbuk2, to name two, this one is made … Read more ›

Camping, Mountain Hardwear. The Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 tent. Posted on Categories EquipmentTags , Leave a comment on The Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 tent

The Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 tent

Not another tent review, sigh. In the end aren’t they all the same? Some are heavier, some are lighter, some are yellow and some are blue. Some are bigger and some are smaller. I’ll pitch it, I’ll sit in it and be happy that my non-permanent home is indeed waterproof. Our review of this product … Read more ›

Arc’teryx. The Miura 45 pack from Arc’teryx. Posted on Categories EquipmentTags Leave a comment on The Miura 45 pack from Arc’teryx

The Miura 45 pack from Arc’teryx

Climbers are a picky bunch. They have their favorite cams, shoes, vegan cookies, and the list goes on and on. That is why making a climbing pack is, in my opinion, so darn difficult.  Let’s see if Arc’teryx is up to the challenge. Our review of this product 9.5 / 10 The pros are: Opening … Read more ›