Beginner’s Guide to Camping: The Essentials

When done right, camping is a return to the Garden of Eden. When done wrong, however, it can quickly spiral into a primaeval nightmare. The difference comes down to your level of preparedness—both in terms of knowledge and gear. To make things simple, we’ve compiled a straightforward and thorough camping checklist with 20 essential items. Whether it’s a weekend trip or summer-long homesteading, your adventure starts here.

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Top Waterproof Raincoats for Kids

Top Waterproof Raincoats for Kids

Summer is upon us, and with it the indecisive weather and flash showers we all know and love. Whatever family activity you've planned, don't let anything stop you from enjoying it.Once you've found the right raincoat for yourself, it's time to find the one that will keep your kids comfy, dry - and outdoors. Check out the following list for options practical and rugged enough to last through this season and beyond. SHOP FOR KIDS the best kids' raincoats ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente top choice Show your t-shirt-loving kid the Marmot PreCip Eco, with colours either sober or flamboyant (their choice), and worry...
Best Rain Jackets & Shells 2022

Best Rain Jackets & Shells 2022

You know what they say: when it rains, it pours. It’s true in love and it’s even truer on the trail. A good rain jacket is not only essential for keeping you comfortable and dry, but is the best defense against hypothermia. In this article, we provide the low-down on 2022’s best rain shells based on their level of weather-resistance, packability, breathability, and price.For its outstanding success in all these categories, the Torrentshell 3 Layer Jacket from Patagonia is our pick for best rain jacket. Besides its lightweight and stylish design, waterproof face fabric, and breathability, the Torrentshel shines for its...
Best Alternative to Arcteryx Rain Jackets

Best Alternative to Arcteryx Rain Jackets

Choosing the right rain jacket can be an overwhelming and time-consuming endeavour. Between all the brands and models, specs and jargon, many people quickly succumb to paralysis by analysis. Often, this creates a situation where exasperated buyers are willing to overpay for a brand they know will deliver, like Arc’teryx. But quality isn’t always reflected in price. To prove this, we’ve rounded up three rain jackets that give Arc’teryx options a serious run for the money. We’ve compared these models across five key metrics, including weatherproofing, breathability, weight, packability, and price. On the roster today, we’ve got the: Black Diamond...
Best Alternatives to the Arcteryx Beta AR

Best Alternatives to the Arcteryx Beta AR

When it comes to waterproof shells, there's an endless selection of brands and models to choose from in 2022. It can seem overwhelming at times. For outdoor fanatics, Arc'teryx is probably at the top of the list, and if we're narrowing it down to shells, not many can compete with the design and build of the Beta AR. But that's not to say it's the only one capable of getting the job done.Arc'teryx is known for its craftsmanship and high-quality construction, but that comes at a price. And as we know, price doesn't always indicate which is best. Considering factors...

Cycling

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Best Cycling Shoes of 2022

Best Cycling Shoes of 2022

In this guide, we’ll review the nine most competitive cycling shoes on the market and explain their strongest and weakest points. Of all our favourites, the Garneau Granite II shoes topped the list for their multitude of features and functions Why Cycling Shoes? Cycling shoes are essential to keep your feet protected and maximize the transfer of energy from foot to the pedal. In some models, the innovative closure system protects pressure points on the top of the foot. Additionally, the soles are more stiff to aid in the effective transfer of energy as you ride. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Best All-Around Cycling...
5 Best Thule Strollers 2022

5 Best Thule Strollers 2022

Thule makes some of the best strollers to take on any adventure, for serious athlete families or avid exploring ones. With all the models and styles of strollers out there, making a decision can be overwhelming. To save you time, we’ve researched the best models by Thule and have revealed all the information you need to know below. For our top choice, we looked for a model that could be versatile enough for everyday use and jogging, had top-notch safety features, and was easy to maneuver—for these reasons, we chose the exceptional Urban Glide 2 Stroller. About Thule Strollers Thule...
What is MIPS Helmet Technology?

What is MIPS Helmet Technology?

Over the past few years, MIPS technology has been found in numerous cycling, ski and snowboard helmets and is most recognized as the yellow circle with “MIPS” written on the side but what is MIPS? MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System and its main function is to reduce rotational forces which are caused by certain impacts to the head. It has been developed by brain surgeons and scientists and proven to work effectively to lower impact on the brain due to angled impacts to the head. How Does MIPS Work? Inside a helmet designed with MIPS, you will find a...
Pit Viper Sunglasses Review

Pit Viper Sunglasses Review

As stylish as they are high-performance, Pit Viper sunglasses are perfect for outdoor activities. Hiking to the highest mountain peaks, relaxing on the beach, biking - a pair of Pit Viper sunglasses will be your best partner. Whether you love Pit Viper's classic style or prefer a more edgy look, the brand has styles that are sure to please hardcore sportsmen and women, as well as fashionistas looking to make a statement on the trail and at festivals. One thing for sure, Pit Viper's quality is there! Say goodbye to broken frames and scratched lenses. But Pit Viper is not...

Running

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Best Long-Distance Running Shoes in 2022

Best Long-Distance Running Shoes in 2022

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 13 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...
5 Best Thule Strollers 2022

5 Best Thule Strollers 2022

Thule makes some of the best strollers to take on any adventure, for serious athlete families or avid exploring ones. With all the models and styles of strollers out there, making a decision can be overwhelming. To save you time, we’ve researched the best models by Thule and have revealed all the information you need to know below. For our top choice, we looked for a model that could be versatile enough for everyday use and jogging, had top-notch safety features, and was easy to maneuver—for these reasons, we chose the exceptional Urban Glide 2 Stroller. About Thule Strollers Thule...
How to Carry Water While Running

How to Carry Water While Running

'Tis the season! While we all love to get outdoors in the warmer weather, there's no denying that the summer sun can make exercise tough. Beat the sun's strong rays with the right hydration gear and get the most out of your workouts. Shop Our Running Collection Carrying Water While Exercising Bikes are generally equipped with water bottle holders that are conveniently located so you can hydrate throughout your ride. There are also backpacks that hold water bladders and have a hose so that you can hydrate on the go. While hiking, you generally have a day pack which can...
Best Trail Running Shoes in 2022

Best Trail Running Shoes in 2022

From curvy single-tracks to rugged off-road terrain, trail running has a unique meaning for every person. However, there’s one thing all types of trail runners need: the best trail running shoes to cushion and protect their feet. We considered many shoes and tested the best eight in this guide. We found the Salomon Sense Ride 4 trail running shoes to be the best in terms of traction, advanced features, and comfort. When looking for the best trail running shoes of 2021, we scoured the market for shoes with the best cushioning, flexibility, weight, and waterproofing. We’ve found the top runners for different...

Sustainability

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Osprey: Progress, Transparency, Sustainability

Osprey: Progress, Transparency, Sustainability

No surprise that Osprey has environmental goals that are as big as the outdoor world itself: "become the most progressive, transparent and sustainable outdoor gear brand in the world.” The plan is to tackle three categories: materials, chemical use, and product end-of-life. Changing the world, one pack at a time. Discover Osprey's will to do better, on travels, journeys and hikes. SHOP Materials From spring 2022, 60% of all main-body Osprey bag materials will be sourced from recycled materials. The difference between using new and recycled material in production is anticipated to be a 40-50% reduction in environmental footprint. Recycling keeps...
Outerknown: A Sea Change in the Clothing Industry

Outerknown: A Sea Change in the Clothing Industry

The first collection designed by Outerknown in 2015 never saw the light of day: it simply didn't live up to the uncompromising environmental demands of the young company. So yeah, you could say the Australian brand, founded by surfing legend Kelly Slater and industry veteran John Moore, is serious about sustainability. From the very beginning, Outerknown has been committed to protecting the environment and supporting fair labour - and strives to continue creating the most sustainable practices possible. What if your clothing could stay out of landfills and in circulation — forever? In our super fast-paced world that’s riddled with...
Norrøna’s Road to Sustainability, One Backpack at a Time

Norrøna’s Road to Sustainability, One Backpack at a Time

If you ask people why they go hiking they would probably come up with different answers. Some would paint a nostalgic picture from their childhood, walking up a hill with their grandparents picking up treasures such as leaves, heart-shaped stones and berries. Others would remember the first mountain top crossed off their bucket list. Some would emphasise the peace and tranquility they get when breathing fresh air in a beautiful scenery. Not to mention connections made when going on a hike together. Norrøna Now and Tomorrow As an outdoor company founded on love for nature, premium quality, and long-lasting products,...
NetPlus: Patagonia reels in new, recycled materials

NetPlus: Patagonia reels in new, recycled materials

This spring, researchers discovered microplastics in human blood for the first time ever. Of the 22 anonymous donor samples analyzed in the study, 17 contained microplastics - just over 80%. Microplastics, ever-present in our water, are now a part of our diet, as other studies have shown a presence of microplastics in the sea salt we use to season our meals. But the problem of plastic in our oceans is not a recent one. As much as 8.8 million tons of plastic are carelessly discarded into the sea every year. Recent studies estimate that there are around five thousand billion...

Training

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Five Easy At-Home Workouts

Five Easy At-Home Workouts

Exercising is the best way to deal with stress - and perhaps now you can skip the virtual calls and invite your friends home for a session. Here are some easy at-home workouts and tips for staying in shape whether locked-down or set-up from the friendly confines of your living room. A FEW EASY AT-HOME WORKOUTS It's time to turn some music on, get your training mat out, and move a little! On top of keeping you in shape, exercising is one of the best ways to deal with the stress and anxiety. Keep in mind you'll find hundreds, if...
How to Create Your Yoga Haven at Home

How to Create Your Yoga Haven at Home

A great thing about yoga is that practicing 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 many, due to the pandemic, are embracing and/or are looking to shake up their home workout routine. Step 1: create your yoga space Step 2: equip yourself with a yoga mat and some comfy clothing Step 3: find your favorite online yoga teacher Step 4: start practicing! Creating your yoga sanctuary 1. Where to set up your yoga space...
Best Yoga Pants 2022

Best Yoga Pants 2022

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 for women, and the Patagonia Terrebonne Joggers were the top choice for men....
How to Choose a Bike Trainer

How to Choose a Bike Trainer

Picking the right bike trainer isn’t about choosing the most expensive bike. It’s about choosing the bike trainer that meets your fitness goals, body size, comfort, tech gadgets and provides a variety of workouts. The total price of a bike trainer and its accessories may sound expensive, but remember there’s no need to buy a gym membership or outdoor bike. We’ve road-tested four different bike trainers and have included a brief description and pros and cons. Due to COVID-19 lockdown and the temporary closure of many gyms in many states and provinces in North America, many people have opted for...

Packs & Travel

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The Best Weekend Travel Bags

The Best Weekend Travel Bags

OUR BEST WEEKEND TRAVEL BAGS Going somewhere this weekend? Maybe you’re heading up to the cottage or roughing it on the campgrounds. Some time away from the city hidden amongst the trees can do wonders. Or maybe you’re used to living out in the country and you want a weekend with the bright lights of the city? Whatever you have planned for your weekend away, make sure you pack your essentials. The first thing on your list should be a bag that can hold all those essentials. To make your job a bit easier, here’s our list of the best...
Best Hiking Backpacks in 2022

Best Hiking Backpacks in 2022

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....
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...
Best Types of Luggage for Travel

Best Types of Luggage for Travel

If your travels take you by plane, be diligent that you choose a carry-on bag that’s an adequate and reasonable size. In terms of hand luggage and carry-ons, each airline has a different policy. On average, cabin suitcases should measure no more than 22″ high x 9″ deep x 15″ wide. However, do not forget to consult the regulations of your air carrier before leaving to avoid the hassle and any unexpected surprises. Duffel Bags ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente The North Face Base Camp Duffel   Product Name $159.99 Shop Product Name $179.99 Shop Product Name $199.99 Shop Product Name $209.99 Shop Product...

Footwear

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Best Long-Distance Running Shoes in 2022

Best Long-Distance Running Shoes in 2022

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 13 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 Cycling Shoes of 2022

Best Cycling Shoes of 2022

In this guide, we’ll review the nine most competitive cycling shoes on the market and explain their strongest and weakest points. Of all our favourites, the Garneau Granite II shoes topped the list for their multitude of features and functions Why Cycling Shoes? Cycling shoes are essential to keep your feet protected and maximize the transfer of energy from foot to the pedal. In some models, the innovative closure system protects pressure points on the top of the foot. Additionally, the soles are more stiff to aid in the effective transfer of energy as you ride. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Best All-Around Cycling...
Smartwool Socks Review

Smartwool Socks Review

You may be wondering, “what separates a meh sock and a great sock?” The answer boils down to three essential criteria: materials, purpose, and construction. As it turns out, Smartwool has spent the last 28 years perfecting all three.In this article, we take a look at why the brand has been so successful at creating must-have socks. We also discuss who should consider wearing Smartwool socks, offer up our top three wardrobe picks, and answer your most pressing FAQs. Let’s jump in!Things to Consider Before Buying Smartwool SocksSmartwool socks are designed for everybody. But many people shy away after seeing...
Best Hiking Boots for Men and Women

Best Hiking Boots for Men and Women

If you've ever had a blister, you know just how debilitating those unimpressive little wounds can be. A great day's hike can be all for naught—or even worse, your trip turns into an unending succession of replacing bandages and wraps. That's why it's important to minimize your risk of any injury great or small by choosing the right pair of hiking boots. Our top pick for 2022's all-around best boot goes to the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Boots. The Renegade GTX offers hikers a mix of waterproofing, breathability, stability, and comfort. Read on to learn all about this year’s best...

General

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10 Summer Camp Essentials for 2022

10 Summer Camp Essentials for 2022

My first “summer camp” experience was on an overnight school trip at Camp Olympia, a sports camp near Lake Livingston in Texas. I was around nine years old, so my main concern was bringing cute outfits that definitely didn’t prepare me for the outdoors.To sum it up, I brought way too much cotton and not enough dry-fit. Since my parents aren’t the outdoorsy type, they didn’t know much about helping me pack better-suited clothes. But if I could speak to my younger self, I’d suggest bringing quick-drying, breathable clothing for hot days, plus something warm for chilly nights in the woods. Our...
Battle of the Brands: The North Face vs Arc’teryx

Battle of the Brands: The North Face vs Arc’teryx

In both the fashion and adventure worlds, The North Face is a veritable icon. With a history spanning some 55 years, the brand has become an international phenomenon. Their apparel is as popular in the boardrooms of Silicon Valley as on remote Himalayan summits. Today, we’re going to see how this veteran company stacks up against one of its most respected contemporaries, the forward-thinking Arc’teryx. The North Face brand overview Arc’teryx brand overview The North Face vs Arc’teryx brand comparison Verdict: and the best brand is… The North Face Overview A Brief History The North Face was founded by husband-and-wife duo Douglas and...
Alti Action 2022 – Join the Cause

Alti Action 2022 – Join the Cause

Thank you for joining the cause!Since 2017, Alti has contributed more than $580,000 to our partner organizations. We’re proud to announce that $58,830 was raised for Zero Ceiling, Trans Canada Trail, Pour 3 Points, and the Canadian Red Cross during our spring 2022 campaign. What It IsStarting May 24, 2022, Alti Action is partnering with three organisations that need your help. You can either choose to donate to one of our partner organizations: Zero Ceiling, Pour 3 Points, Trans Canada Trail or the Canadian Red Cross. Our partner orgs work hard to provide healthy environments to those in need, and your support is...
Battle of the Brands: Fjällräven VS Arc’teryx

Battle of the Brands: Fjällräven VS Arc’teryx

Choosing the right brand for your outdoor adventures can be daunting. With so many great options on the market, it’s easy to succumb to paralysis by analysis. To make things a little easier, we decided to explore two of the most celebrated companies in the outdoor gear scene: Fjällräven and Arc’teryx. In this Battle of the Brands, we look at these heavy hitters, both notorious for producing some of the most cutting-edge, stylish clothing, accessories, and equipment around. By the end of this article you’ll feel confident about which brand is best for you. Fjällräven Overview A Brief History Fjällräven...
How To Choose a Paddleboard

How To Choose a Paddleboard

What Is Paddleboarding? Paddleboarding is a fun, rewarding, and highly accessible water sport. As the name implies, the activity combines the act of paddling with a long flotation device. From a prone position, your arms act as the paddles that propel you forward. If you’re in a kneeling or standing position, you can employ an actual paddle. Before we go any further, a quick word on nomenclature. Paddleboarding refers to the act of lying prone on a paddleboard while using your arms to propel yourself through the water. Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) - also known as stand-up paddle surfing - refers...
10 Summer Camp Essentials for 2022

10 Summer Camp Essentials for 2022

My first “summer camp” experience was on an overnight school trip at Camp Olympia, a sports camp near Lake Livingston in Texas. I was around nine years old, so my main concern was bringing cute outfits that definitely didn’t prepare me for the outdoors.To sum it up, I brought way too much cotton and not enough dry-fit. Since my parents aren’t the outdoorsy type, they didn’t know much about helping me pack better-suited clothes. But if I could speak to my younger self, I’d suggest bringing quick-drying, breathable clothing for hot days, plus something warm for chilly nights in the woods. Our...
Beginner’s Guide to Camping: The Essentials

Beginner’s Guide to Camping: The Essentials

For the uninitiated, the idea of camping can feel like space travel—a frightening and treacherous undertaking that requires heaps of specialised training. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Camping is a fun, simple, and affordable activity for people of all ages, from all walks of life. But there’s a few things you should know before getting started. To stay safe and comfortable in the woods, you’ll need the right gear. In this blog, we discuss the top 20 camping checklist must-haves. For newbies, this article offers a solid foundation. For seasoned veterans, it serves as a good refresher. Shelter...
Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father's Day—time to look for the right gift for the man, the myth, the legend, using our Father's Day Gift Guide. Our fathers and father figures play a special role in our lives and Father's Day is his special day, so show him how much you appreciate all he does and has done in your life. You could source some wood and show off your skills you've learnt from your pops by building something special. Or why not use this Father's Day Gift guide as a starting point? Gifts for runners, cyclists, campers, and a whole lot of other dads. Go...