Best Brooks Running Shoes in 2021

Brooks has been in the shoe business for over 100 years so it’s no surprise that they’ve become a leader in the industry for quality and innovation. With a variety of neutral, stability, and energizing shoes, with Brooks there’s something for every kind of runner.

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Best Running Headlamps in 2021

Best Running Headlamps in 2021

When the days start getting shorter, you may find yourself itching for an after-work run after sunset. Or, you might be an early bird that loves hitting the trails before sunrise. Whatever your reasons, a good running headlamp is an essential piece of kit for staying safe on a dark run. In this article, we’ll go through the top eight running headlamps on the market and discuss what we love and don’t like about each one. When testing running headlamps, we looked at factors such as the price for value, weight, brightness, runtime, and durability. Our favourite overall is the BioLite...
Best Brooks Running Shoes in 2021

Best Brooks Running Shoes in 2021

Brooks is a pioneer in the running shoe industry. It all started when they created the world's first stability shoe in 1977, the Vantage, and began patenting different types of DNA midsole foams. From the GuideRails system that offers unobtrusive support for overpronators and neutral runners, to the 3D fit printed uppers and plush DNA foam, it’s hard to beat the features of Brooks running shoes at their price point. Over the years Brooks has amassed a large following, from workers in the healthcare industry who spend all day on their feet, to road and trail runners alike. For our top...
Best Long-Distance Running Shoes in 2021

Best Long-Distance Running Shoes in 2021

When you’re running a marathon or covering long distances, you want a running shoe that will help you tackle the miles. Long-distance running shoes are built to last under high-mileage, intensive runs. Most on the market have high energy return in an effort to boost speed.This form of running requires a high level of physical endurance, extended timeframes, and long paths. We found that the best overall shoe for this strenuous activity is the Saucony Kinvara 12 running shoe. They epitomize the ideal running footwear with their cushioning and responsiveness.Here’s an in-depth look at our best long-distance running shoes. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente BEST ALL-AROUND...
Best Running Hats In 2021

Best Running Hats In 2021

Hats get a bad rap. It’s something you throw on when you’re in a rush or when you don’t feel like trying. But they’re more than a mere cloaking device—they’re an essential and versatile piece of kit for any serious runner. Think about it: The best running hats keep you warm in winter, shaded in the summer, and looking cool all the time. Can your fancy gloves do that? Didn’t think so.For such a comparably small investment, the best running hat can be worn while jogging your favourite trail or while enjoying a soirée on the town. As you’ll see,...

Cycling

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Oakley Sutro Sunglasses Review

Oakley Sutro Sunglasses Review

In 2019, Oakley released their first line of Sutro sunglasses to unanimously positive reviews. Since then, several variations have emerged, from simple lens changes to whole new models like the Sutro S and the Sutro Lite. In this review, we discuss all the features that made the Sutros an instant classic in the activewear sunglasses category. We’ll also discuss whether these shades are right for your lifestyle and answer some commonly asked questions. Let’s jump right in!A Few Things to Consider before buying Oakley Sutro SunglassesLet’s not mince words here—Oakley Sutro sunglasses are expensive. But that doesn’t mean they’re not worth...
The Best Mountain Biking Helmets of 2021

The Best Mountain Biking Helmets of 2021

Mountain biking helmets have come a long way since the clunky hardhats of the 80s. Elements such as comfort, aesthetics, and safety have been ramped up. Today, MTB helmets are as protective to your noggin as they are stylish. After evaluating the best mountain biking helmets of 2021, we’ve narrowed down the best six in this guide. The Smith Optics Forefront 2 Helmet is our top choice for its price, durability, and protection it offers. When choosing the “best” mountain biking helmet, it’s about your personal riding style, head shape, and stylistic preferences. We’ve included the best mountain bike helmets...
What to Wear Winter Cycling

What to Wear Winter Cycling

From insulated shoe covers and three-finger gloves to windproof cycling pants and comfortable mid-layers, the right cycling clothing for winter is all you need to spend the cold season on two wheels. We've prepared a guide to winter cycling clothing to help you prepare for the cold. Winter Cycling Jackets Finding the right winter cycling jacket or jackets is key for cycling to work in winter. It is your protection from the elements and the source of warmth that your muscles need when the frigid, winter winds bite. Because winter brings with it a variety of conditions, you may be...
Best Winter Cycling Jackets for 2021

Best Winter Cycling Jackets for 2021

When you’re cycling in winter, your primary concern is to stay dry and warm. Modern brands design cycling jackets to keep you comfortable with modern synthetic fabrics that insulate and waterproof. They also feature excellent reflective zippers and convenient pockets for storing additional layers. We reviewed the best winter cycling jackets, and found the best overall winter cycling jacket with the most impressive features like waterproofing and breathability to be the Castelli Alpha RoS 2 Jacket. Breathable microporous membrane fabrics such as Gore-Tex prevent rainwater from getting in but allow moisture (read: sweat) to get out. These days, there is...

Hiking

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Choosing the right hiking footwear

Choosing the right hiking footwear

Hiking is an activity that can easily be enjoyed by just about anyone due to the variety of terrain available. If you're a beginner, you can find more mellow, short hikes that are not too steep or technical. If you're a hiking veteran, you can find the steepest, gnarliest hikes leading you to the middle of nowhere, sleeping under the stars listening to the many sounds of nature.Whatever terrain you may choose, dependable hiking footwear will be your best hiking partner. Below are some of the common types of footwear for hiking you will come across while shopping.What type of...
JetBoil MiniMo Cooking System Review

JetBoil MiniMo Cooking System Review

Food is more than just biological fuel. It’s a source of comfort and pleasure. Even on the trail, there’s nothing like a warm meal to recharge your body and your mind. So, when it comes to choosing the right cooking system, it’s normal to treat the decision as seriously as choosing a life partner (Ok, fine—almost as seriously).Today, we’re excited to review the JetBoil MiniMo. This is an all-in-one cooking system that’s perfect for a wide array of hikers and campers. Whether you want to boil water, make coffee, strain paste, or fry up some eggs, the MiniMo makes it...
Best Mountaineering Boots for 2021

Best Mountaineering Boots for 2021

What are Mountaineering Boots? Unlike hiking boots, mountaineering boots are designed to be used in snow and ice. Mountaineering boots can fit with a variety of crampons, and the stiffness of the sole allows for good edging. The uppers have some flexibility for climbing and a waterproof membrane for weather protection. Mountaineering boots are specifically designed to move over rough terrain, and support mountaineers as they traverse vertically through ice walls and frozen waterfalls. Mountaineering boots provide extra ankle support, and tend to be heavier and more rigid than hiking boots. They’re an essential piece of kit when you’re traversing...
Nature is Waiting

Nature is Waiting

60 years of close collaboration with nature has motivated Fjällräven to keep finding new ways of developing functional, durable, and timeless products. Fjällräven’s core value of sustainability is present in every design, action, and initiative undertaken by the company. Sustainability also fuels the brand’s constant desire to inspire more people to discover and enjoy the outdoors, thereby contributing to more widespread interest in nature and its protection. In 1960, Fjällräven’s founder Åke Nordin created the ultra-strong but lightweight backpack Lätt at a time when most backpacks were bulky, uncomfortable, and not doing a particularly good job of supporting one’s trekking...

Camping

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Best Backpacking Tents in 2021

Best Backpacking Tents in 2021

Who doesn’t want a cabin in the woods? Better yet, who doesn’t want a portable cabin in the woods? OK, maybe a tent isn’t quite as luxurious as a cabin. Nevertheless, its spartan nature doesn’t mean it can’t be a safe and comfy place you can call home in the backcountry! Today, we take a look at the top backpacking tents of the year. We’ve evaluated tents based on price, weight, packability, functionality, versatility, and durability. For its outstanding performance in all those areas, our top pick for 2021’s best backpacking tent goes to the Marmot Tungsten 1 Person Tent. Read...
JetBoil MiniMo Cooking System Review

JetBoil MiniMo Cooking System Review

Food is more than just biological fuel. It’s a source of comfort and pleasure. Even on the trail, there’s nothing like a warm meal to recharge your body and your mind. So, when it comes to choosing the right cooking system, it’s normal to treat the decision as seriously as choosing a life partner (Ok, fine—almost as seriously).Today, we’re excited to review the JetBoil MiniMo. This is an all-in-one cooking system that’s perfect for a wide array of hikers and campers. Whether you want to boil water, make coffee, strain paste, or fry up some eggs, the MiniMo makes it...
Best Headlamps in 2021

Best Headlamps in 2021

One of the pivotal moments in our species’ history is when we discovered fire. Not only could we use it for cooking and keeping warm, but we could finally light up the darkness. Unfortunately for our ancestors, transporting fire wasn’t the most practical endeavour. Fast-forward several millennia and we find ourselves in an age where we have access to compact and powerful little fires that we wear like a third eye—headlamps. It’s hard to imagine where an outdoors-person would be without a modern headlamp. It’s a ubiquitous piece of kit for anyone venturing into the woods at night. Our pick for...
Best Camping Stoves in 2021

Best Camping Stoves in 2021

By definition, camping entails a return to basics: everything you need to survive is either contained in your backpack or the trunk of your car. Now, even though you can live off a diet of Cliff bars and trail mix, that doesn’t mean you should.  Here, we walk you through the best camping stoves of 2021, so you can enjoy the luxury of a warm meal even in the midst of a rugged adventure. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Best Single-Burner Camping Stove If you’re thru-hiking or just love to travel light, the MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove is the perfect companion for your...

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Best Daypacks for 2021

Best Daypacks for 2021

Finding the best daypack or hiking bag can be quite a challenge. To help you make sense of all the technologies and materials used, we've put the nine most popular daypacks of the year to the test. The North Face's Borealis 28L bag won the title of the best backpack for a day hike in 2021. Its sturdiness, pockets and storage capacity make it a favourite among our customers. Browse our shopping guide to find the best bag for your next day hike, camping trip and more. What is a daypack? Daypacks are the smallest units of the backpack family....
The North Face Base Camp Duffel Review

The North Face Base Camp Duffel Review

My duffel is often that item that I don't need to give much thought to when I'm preparing for my next trip. Between packing my flashy technical hardshell, my sleek climbing pants and my rugged hiking boots, I’m worrying more about the gear and apparel I need for my next trip. But that’s only because I’ve found a reliable pack that answers all my needs.Whether it’s a weekend adventure or a month-long odyssey, I know that what I pack my gear in is just as important as what gear I’m packing. When I travelled to Nepal for a week (even...
The Arcane Series: Urban Minimalism from Osprey

The Arcane Series: Urban Minimalism from Osprey

In the adventure backpack world, Osprey reigns supreme. Powerful long-haul carriers; light, technical trekking and hiking packs; transportation solutions of all kinds: Osprey is a sure bet for carrying comfort, functionality and durability.A less known fact is that Osprey uses their quality materials and rich know-how to create beautiful urban lifestyle bags.  From comfortable day packs to colourful tote bags, Osprey offers sleek builds and all the functionalities you need to make the best of your everyday journey. The brand has also embraced sustainable practices by opting for recycled materials and bluesign-certified fabrics, so you can carry their pieces with...
Best Hiking Backpacks in 2021

Best Hiking Backpacks in 2021

A hiking backpack is by far the most important piece of gear for any serious hiker. So choose your companion wisely. In fact, choosing the best backpack is like choosing the right car: it should be comfortable, able to carry all your essentials, and aesthetically pleasing. And, just like cars, the choices are seemingly endless. Our picks for this year's best hiking backpacks will guide you in making the right choice for your next trip in the wild. There are several important criteria to consider when buying a hiking backpack. Some of these include volume, weight, comfort, durability, and features....

Jackets

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Nature is Waiting

Nature is Waiting

60 years of close collaboration with nature has motivated Fjällräven to keep finding new ways of developing functional, durable, and timeless products. Fjällräven’s core value of sustainability is present in every design, action, and initiative undertaken by the company. Sustainability also fuels the brand’s constant desire to inspire more people to discover and enjoy the outdoors, thereby contributing to more widespread interest in nature and its protection. In 1960, Fjällräven’s founder Åke Nordin created the ultra-strong but lightweight backpack Lätt at a time when most backpacks were bulky, uncomfortable, and not doing a particularly good job of supporting one’s trekking...
But Wait, It Gets Beta

But Wait, It Gets Beta

Arc'teryx Designer Tanya Hall (Credits - Ryan Hetzel) We spoke with Tanya Hall, Arc’teryx Design Manager, and lead designer of the popular and highly versatile Beta LT. She told us about the design process and the latest upgrades to the lightweight GORE-TEX shell What inspired you to design the Beta LT? Equity and access to the outdoors are important. Being in nature improves people’s wellbeing. I wanted to create a very approachable shell in design/feature set and price, to appeal to a wide audience to support as many people as possible in getting outside. What was the design process like...
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer/2 Review – The best ultralight down puffy for hiking

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer/2 Review – The best ultralight down puffy for hiking

Since its first release in 2013, the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer jacket has been a favourite among ultralight hikers. Even now, its warmth-to-weight ratio is nearly unparalleled in the lightweight puffy category. Then in 2020, the brand dropped a revamped version—the Ghost Whisperer/2. In this review, we cover all the features the new model inherited from its predecessor, as well as those features both new and improved. By the end of this article, you’ll be equipped with everything you need to know to decide whether the Ghost Whisperer/2 is worth its steep price for your adventures. Things to Consider Before...
What is Techwear: Apparel of the Future

What is Techwear: Apparel of the Future

Brands like The North Face and Patagonia have been making high-quality technical wear for years. You know that old, dorky-looking jacket that your dad wears to go hiking? The one with all those extra pockets made from something called GORE-TEX ? That's just the predecessor to the high-end gear you see on the streets today. But urban techwear is much more than a cool, updated version of your dad’s jacket. AestheticFrom head to toe, it’s an aesthetic that prioritizes functionality, through the use of ultra-durable weatherproof fabrics and features. It pairs sleek, seamless designs with a utilitarian approach and functionality. Its...

Training

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Best Yoga Pants 2021

Best Yoga Pants 2021

Yoga is a dynamic workout that consists of more than just stretches. It can be an excellent workout for recovery, flexibility, and coordination. Many studies link it to transformational health and fitness levels. If you’re a regular yogi, you know that your yoga pants make a huge difference in your practice. And if you're not, well, we’ve put together this expert guide to help you. After extensively reviewing the best yoga pants in Canada, we found that the Girlfriend Collective Compressive High Rise Leggings were the best overall. The combination of compressive materials and aesthetic appeal make the pant a winner....
How to Create Your Yoga Haven at Home

How to Create Your Yoga Haven at Home

Stop and take a deep breath. Practiced around the world for centuries, yoga seems to be more popular than ever. Many turn to this practice to increase their well-being, from relieving stress to increasing flexibility and beyond. A great thing about yoga is that its practice takes up very little space. This means you can easily practice yoga at home and create your very own sanctuary to unwind and recharge. This is more than welcome at a time where we are pretty much all confined to our homes because of the coronavirus pandemic and are looking to shake up our...
5 Easy At-Home Workouts

5 Easy At-Home Workouts

Like all of us, you're probably stuck at home thanks to the coronavirus going around. Even though this is the right thing to do for the time being, staying confined between four walls can be difficult for your mental health. That's why you can't ignore your daily workout. Exercising is the best way to deal with stress. You might not be able to go to gym or visit any national parks, but you can still find a way to exercise. Here are some easy at-home workouts and tips for staying in shape during the quarantine! A Few Easy At-Home Workouts...
10 Workout Essentials for your Gym Bag

10 Workout Essentials for your Gym Bag

Getting in shape has never been more relevant for the modern man and woman. Everyone it seems is more fitness-conscious as we become more informed about health—and we're heading outside for our workout more than ever before. But going to the gym in winter with a gym bag full of workout essentials and cool workout gear is a great option when the weather gets too rough for our winter running or warmer-weather run routine. What to Carry in your Gym Bag What you bring to the gym depends on what you like to do best. Running, interval training, yoga—it comes...

Swim & Surf

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Everything You Need for a Day at the Beach

Everything You Need for a Day at the Beach

We’re lucky to be surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty in Canada, including beaches, coast to coast. There are well-known spots like Tofino, Sandbanks, Bay of Fundy, Lawrencetown and Tadoussac. If those are far away, call your local tourism association to find out which beaches are close to home.Once you’ve found the perfect spot, it’s time to pack up and hit the sand! We’ve rounded up everything you’ll need for a great day at the beach. Swimsuits & Swim Shorts Everyday Sunday Wrap One-Piece LEARN MORE Patagonia Wavefarer LEARN MORE Everyday Sunday Wrap One-Piece LEARN MORE Patagonia Wavefarer LEARN...
Avoiding the Plastic Vortex with icebreaker—One Swim & Panel Discussion at a Time

Avoiding the Plastic Vortex with icebreaker—One Swim & Panel Discussion at a Time

Feel like swimming through a huge pile of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean? That’s what icebreaker ambassador Ben Lecomte did with his Vortex Swim team in June 2019. Their destination was the infamous Pacific Trash Vortex in the Pacific Ocean somewhere between California and Japan. Ben swam more than 300 nautical miles towards it. Why? To raise awareness about a near-invisible threat to our ecosystem: microplastics.  On November 14, 2019 icebreaker presented a panel in collaboration with Altitude Sports about Ben’s expedition in the Pacific. Leaders in the sustainable development sector gathered in Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood to discuss...
O’Neill Hyperfreak Hydro Boardshorts Review

O’Neill Hyperfreak Hydro Boardshorts Review

I’m not a professional surfer, but I've owned a ridiculous amount of boardshorts. The reason is simple, they just keep getting better. Materials have gotten stretchier, lighter, faster-drying. The shorts I owned just a few years ago are pretty much obsolete compared to what’s available now.  Pro’s Con’s Thin stretchy material: these shorts have more range of motion than your yoga teacher Hemless seams on the legs No-tie fly gets rid of the drawstring Insanely quick-drying Limited size range: The no-tie-fly doesn’t leave you much room for error, or room to grow either. Pro tip: if you’re not sure what size...
Haida Gwaii: Have You Heard of the Islands of the People?

Haida Gwaii: Have You Heard of the Islands of the People?

Have you heard of the Islands of the People? A place that sits in the Northern Pacific Ocean, exposed to the harsh brutal Arctic storms, worlds removed from the reaches of modern connectivity. Should you choose to venture to the archipelago you can do so via air or sea. Choosing the seafaring route my friends and I set off on the longest and most remote ferry passage we have ever taken. We did this so we could bring our vehicles to explore this hidden world more commonly known as Haida Gwaii. It’s been on my bucket list to travel to...