Best Light Down Jackets of 2020

Down jackets are an excellent way to stay warm on cold, frosty mornings. This guide will review the best down-filled, weather-resistant, and lightweight jackets on the market this Winter.

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Our Favourite Puffer Jackets of 2020

Our Favourite Puffer Jackets of 2020

They’ve become a regular sight over the past few years, moving from high-altitude expeditions to the fashion-savvy winter jacket of choice. The puffer jacket is here to stay, and no wonder, with great insulation, flattering styling, and coming in lightweight and warm. Puffer jackets have a distinct, “quilted” design with sections that look puffy between the stitching. Rather than bulky and unflattering, the styles in this review range from boxy to slimming. Many are packable, ultra-warm, and resistant to sleet, wind, and snow.Our best overall favourite on the list was the North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket, which combines exceptional...
14 Best Kid’s Winter Jackets

14 Best Kid’s Winter Jackets

Best Kid's Winter Jackets - It's Time To BuyBack to school is done. The first snowfall is around the corner. And the biggest parent dilemma of the season has again arrived - finding the best kid’s winter jackets. We need a guide to something warm, waterproof, and comfortable for your boy or girl to go with their winter boots and gloves.Some kid’s winter jackets are insulated with goose or duck down. Some use synthetic insulation. Almost all of them are waterproof and have lots of features for winter activities like skiing, snowboarding and fun in the snow. But which ones...
Canadian-Made & Designed Winter Coats

Canadian-Made & Designed Winter Coats

Everyone has their favourite brands, strategically chosen for all sorts of reasons—style, materials, fit, and even the origin of the company. More and more people are looking for Canadian-made and designed winter coats, as they are earning a well-deserved reputation for warmth, looks, and durability domestically, overseas and south of the border. Canadian-made and designed winter coats are created by people who know what it takes to feel right and look great in some of the coldest habitable winter climates on Earth. Some are even made from domestically-sourced materials and fabrics. Wherever they are created, buying a winter coat from a...
Best Canada Goose Parkas for Winter 2020-21

Best Canada Goose Parkas for Winter 2020-21

The Canadian coat connoisseur knows exactly what it takes to integrate arctic-level performance with stylish city outerwear. Your next Canada Goose coat is an investment and should be treated that way—do some research for the right selection. Before you purchase your parka, have a look at the best Canada Goose parkas and accessories for 2020.OverviewCountless individuals cherish their Canada Goose parka, particularly at -25 degrees C and they're unfazed due to its powerful insulating properties. Ensure your environment is appropriate for a Canada Goose jacket.Down is the natural insulator used in Canada Goose jackets. While down is light and warm, it...

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Winter Boot Guide

Winter Boot Guide

As we know, winter is generally colder than the rest of the seasons depending on the climate where you are living so adequate gear is imperative. Due to the more extreme temperatures, proper gear is essential for not only your comfort but for your safety too, (and of course to ensure your experience is exceptional) so make sure you’re picking the right pair of winter boots with the help of this winter boot guide. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Best overall winter boot Sorel’s 1964 PAC Nylon Waterproof Boots for men are timeless classics that will keep you warm and dry from zero to 32 below. The removable...
Winter Boots Insulation Guide

Winter Boots Insulation Guide

Winter on a cool day can be enjoyable. Winter at its worst can be an absolute nightmare. Good or bad, winter is cold. Seems obvious, but finding the right pair of boots to take on the elements isn't. Some boots are designed to do it all while others can have a specific use based on activity and weather. There are lots of factors to consider when choosing the right winter boots, but one thing you shouldn't overlook is the type of insulation used to warm your feet. It can be a headache navigating through different winter boot insulation types. We...
Top 5 Gore-Tex Running Shoes

Top 5 Gore-Tex Running Shoes

Take your running routine to the next level with GORE-TEX, the best waterproof membrane available. From torrential downpours to light drizzles, you’ll want to keep your feet dry, which is why we’ve prepared a list of the best waterproof running shoes on the market. With the right apparel and footwear, you can say goodbye to boring indoor routines on the treadmill and tackle the wet weather with confidence. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Arc'teryx Tackle slush, mud and rain in the Norvan LD GTX trail running shoes.  Designed with GORE-TEX membrane, the Norvan LD 2 fits like a glove and offers exceptional weather protection...
Best Winter Boots for Kids

Best Winter Boots for Kids

These days, parents can find much higher quality winter snow boots for their kids than when they were young. Gone are the days of putting plastic bags over your feet to keep out water. Now, winter snow boots for kids have advanced waterproofing technology, fit securely, are well-insulated, and have excellent traction on the outsoles. We found the best winter snow boots were the Sorel Yoot Pac Nylon Boots, which have excellent insulation, are easy to put on, and are fully waterproof. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente The Top Winter Boots for Kids Reviewed   Product Name Excellent insulation Design is easy to slip...

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Top 5 Gore-Tex Running Shoes

Top 5 Gore-Tex Running Shoes

Take your running routine to the next level with GORE-TEX, the best waterproof membrane available. From torrential downpours to light drizzles, you’ll want to keep your feet dry, which is why we’ve prepared a list of the best waterproof running shoes on the market. With the right apparel and footwear, you can say goodbye to boring indoor routines on the treadmill and tackle the wet weather with confidence. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Arc'teryx Tackle slush, mud and rain in the Norvan LD GTX trail running shoes.  Designed with GORE-TEX membrane, the Norvan LD 2 fits like a glove and offers exceptional weather protection...
8 Best Running Pants and Tights for Winter Running

8 Best Running Pants and Tights for Winter Running

Whether you’re running in winter, on cold summer days or windy fall afternoons, a good pair of running tights are essential for running all year round and fighting off cold weather. There's nothing like a pair of the best running pants and tights for men and women for winter running.We've pulled out the stops and chosen our eight faves, all to help you enjoy the outdoors and your training regimen through the winter. Our top pick for men is the Sub Zero Zap Tight by Sugoi, and for women, the Winter Warm High Rise Tights by The North Face. Read...
Best Winter Running Shoes Reviewed for 2021

Best Winter Running Shoes Reviewed for 2021

Here are our top picks for winter running shoes. Matched with merino layers from icebreaker or the Intraknit series from Smartwool, the following pairs of shoes will surely keep you warm and dry.Best Winter Running ShoesBest overall: Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX Trail Running ShoesBest for snow: Inov 8 Parkclaw 275 GTXBest for ice: Saucony Peregrine Ice+Best for trails: Salomon Sense Ride GTX Invisible FitBest minimalist shoes: Arc'teryx Norvan SL GTX TrailBest for men: Mizuno Wave Rider 23 GTXBest for women: Brooks Cascadia 14 GTXBest unisex: Salomon S/Lab XA Alpine 2How to Choose Your Running ShoesFinding the right winter running shoes...
How to Carry Water While Running

How to Carry Water While Running

Shop Our Running Collection Carrying Water While ExercisingBikes are generally equipped with water bottle holders that are conveniently located so you can hydrate throughout your ride. There are also backpacks which can hold water bladders and have a hose so you can hydrate on the go. While hiking, you generally have a day pack which can easily hold multiple water bottles or a bladder, but how do you carry water while running?Running with a water bottle in your hand is convenient but it isn't so practical. It can be hard to have a good grip if the water bottle is too...

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Best Winter Cycling Jackets for 2020

Best Winter Cycling Jackets for 2020

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 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 a broad range of jackets available, from...
Best Cycling Shoes of 2020

Best Cycling Shoes of 2020

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. Best All-Around Cycling Shoes...
The Best Mountain Biking Helmets of 2020

The Best Mountain Biking Helmets of 2020

Are you looking for the best mountain bike helmet for your next adventure? Your helmet is an essential part of your mountain bike equipment, but how to choose it? Here are the criteria to consider. We have evaluated over 50 helmets and have collected the best 6 in this guide. The Smith Optics Forefront 2 helmet is the big winner for its price, its robustness, and the protection it offers. Whether you're on a budget or ready to spend a little luxury, this guide presents the best mountain biking helmets for all styles and budgets. The Best Overall Helmet 1....
Choosing The Right Biking Helmet

Choosing The Right Biking Helmet

Best Road Bike Helmets 2020 The most important factor when choosing a road bike helmet has always been safety, but how do you decide which of the best road bike helmets is right for you? Do you search for a lightweight helmet or one that is stylish but perhaps a bit on the heavy side? Can a mountain bike helmet do the trick? And what is MIPS anyways—and do you need it? The amount of choices available can make the search seem overwhelming.  That’s why we studied 9 of the best road bike helmets on the market and found that...

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Patagonia Down Sweater Review

Patagonia Down Sweater Review

Since 2008, the Patagonia Down Sweater  has been a brand icon. And not just among climbers and hikers. Commuters, city slickers, urban explorers, fashionistas, and the environmentally conscious have all remained loyal to the legendary garment. So what makes it so iconic? Besides its many top-notch features, the Down Sweater marked a drastic change in the lightweight jacket aesthetic, ushering in a new era of functional minimalist design and inspiring other outdoor companies to do the same. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket Product Type Product Name Price: 0.00$ The Down Sweater may not the most ultralight down jacket on the...
Best Hiking Shoes for 2020

Best Hiking Shoes for 2020

Hiking shoes are one of the best pieces of gear you can bring on any hike. They provide more support and durability than regular runners. We extensively reviewed the nine best hiking shoes on the market and will present them here in this review. In terms of waterproofing, grip, traction, and lightweight function, we found the Arcteryx Aerios FL Mid GTX Hiking Shoes to be the best all-around. Read on to find the best hiking shoes for every outdoor occasion. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente The Top Hiking Shoes Reviewed   Product Name Reliably Waterproof Grippy outsole Lightweight design LEARN MORE Product Name Quicklace...
Best Daypacks for 2020

Best Daypacks for 2020

Daypacks are essential for both long and short hiking trips. They allow you to carry water bottles or bladders, extra clothes, and any other gear. You can use daypacks for biking trips, SUP adventures, and other outdoor sports.  What is a daypack?  Daypacks are the smallest units of the backpack family. They’re usually around 15 to 30 litres and are built to carry 9 to 11 kilograms. If you think of travel luggage, daypacks are like the carry-on bags, while overnight backpacks are like the check-in bags. Unlike overnight packs, there is no internal frame. However, some still have back...
Best Hiking Backpacks in 2020

Best Hiking Backpacks in 2020

There are several important criteria to consider when buying a hiking backpack. Some of these include volume, weight, comfort and features. We'll take a look at the best hiking backpack guide for 2020, measuring each reviewed backpack by weight, comfort, performance, and more. Check out the quick list below, and dive deeper for more details. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente our top hiking backpacks, reviewed   Product Name Comfortable Ergonomic Versatile LEARN MORE Product Name Spacious Highly customisable Two-in-one LEARN MORE Product Name Sturdy build Great Support Full front access LEARN MORE Product Name Lightweight Sleek Great value LEARN MORE Product Name Weatherproof Reinforced...

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Best Camping Mattresses and Sleeping Pads 2020

Best Camping Mattresses and Sleeping Pads 2020

Not only does a sleeping pad add a layer of heavenly comfort between you and a patch of rocky soil, it prevents precious body heat from escaping through the ground. Below, we review the best sleeping pads in 2020. The Top Sleeping Pads Reviewed ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Product Name Lightweight Warm Price LEARN MORE Product Name Ultralight Durable & comfy Price LEARN MORE Product Name Price Comfortable Warmth-to-weight ratio LEARN MORE Product Name Comfortable Easy to inflate Car-camping friendly LEARN MORE Product Name Very warm Highly compressible Price LEARN MORE Product Name Warm, comfy Durable Compressible LEARN MORE Product Name Lavishly comfortable Packable...
Best Camping Chairs In 2020

Best Camping Chairs In 2020

We’ve rounded up this year’s best camping chairs to guide you through the different ways you can comfortably kick back in nature.Our choice for best overall camping chair in 2020 is the Helinox Chair Zero, for its combination of lightweight materials, packability, durability, and comfort. Best Overall Camping Chair The Helinox Chair Zero is the ultralight answer to your traditional, bulky camping chair. Constructed with lightweight DAC aluminium poles and a ripstop polyester seat, it weighs just 1.1 lbs. It can be compressed into a 4”x4”x 14” stuff sack, roughly the size of a foot-long Subway sandwich. For its weight and size, you might think it flimsy; however,...
Best Camping Tents of 2020

Best Camping Tents of 2020

Remember, choosing the right tent isn’t about choosing the priciest or the one with the most features—it’s about choosing the one that meets your needs. Going for a weekend glamp with the fam? Looking for a seriously insulated winter shelter? Planning a thru-hike on a shoestring budget? Here we review 11 of the best camping tents for 11 types of campers THE BEST CAMPING TENTS REVIEWED ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Product Name Easy set-up Well-ventilated Well-insulated Spacious vestibule LEARN MORE Product Name Lightweight Great head space Amazing ventilation LEARN MORE Product Name Spacious interior Spacious vestibule Well-ventilated Standing room LEARN MORE Product Name...
Best Camping Sleeping Bags In 2020

Best Camping Sleeping Bags In 2020

As an outdoors person, you already know that a good night’s sleep can be the difference between a lovely day on the trail and a wilderness nightmare—and that’s the best-case scenario.  In the woods, where circumstances can change very quickly, it’s essential to pack the right stuff. A lousy sleeping bag is not only uncomfortable but can allow precious body heat to escape, which can result in hypothermia.  For its warmth-to-weight ratio, water-resistance, insulation, and compressibility, the Mythic 600 Down Sleeping Bag by Rab is our choice for best all-around sleeping bag in 2020. Check out our other top picks...

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Wash, Rinse, Recycle—The North Face Environmental Commitment

Wash, Rinse, Recycle—The North Face Environmental Commitment

What to expect from a fleece jacket made of recycled materials? When it’s The North Face fleece, expect the same comfort, versatility, softness and warmth you’re used to. Getting to a jacket that checks those boxes and is part of their overall sustainability program wasn’t simple, however—and it’s part of their ongoing commitment to reducing carbon emissions. The North Face has been encouraging and partnering with ranchers and manufacturers to shorten the supply chain. Regenerative agriculture is part of that, specifically carbon farming that draws down carbon into the soil while yielding important crops like cotton and wool.Chemical responsibility comes...
Discovering the Ancient Wisdom of Sherpa Adventure Gear

Discovering the Ancient Wisdom of Sherpa Adventure Gear

Under the cover of night we took the long winding road to Naktapor, hoping to catch the first rays of the rising sun from up in the mountains. The air was cool as we stepped out of the van and made our way to the lookout point. We watched as the fog slowly lifted, revealing the valley below. As the sky grew paler, the Himalayas came into view. Stretching out in the distance towards the east, the snow covered peaks rose into the clouds. The legendary range, home to Everest, has become a pilgrimage site for mountaineers for over a century....
Our Favourite Face Masks

Our Favourite Face Masks

Some manufacturing companies created masks for the public as well as healthcare workers, brands like Kanuk, Little Yogi, Naked & Famous and Keen. Their experience and craftsmanship was put to work to make beautiful, high-quality face masks we’ll actually want to wear. And with many provinces making masks mandatory in closed public spaces, the timing couldn’t be better. While you'll find an extensive collection on altitude-sports.com, here are some of our faves. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Kanuk: Health Regulations with Elegance Well-established in Montreal since 1970, Kanuk was born out of a local entrepreneur’s desire to make winter coats for our cold and humid climate.  Armed with its...
Growing a Revolution

Growing a Revolution

Can agriculture save the planet? That’s what Patagonia believes. Patagonia is the outdoor company that’s made battling climate change their front line. Even their slogan states it: We’re in business to save the planet.   I certainly didn’t expect to find myself on a farm up to my elbows in earth, gardening with the precursors to an agricultural revolution. My impression of California was more of a place ravaged by years of withering drought and wildfires, an ironic twist to the supposed cornucopia of America. And yet it is in precisely this climate that Patagonia is working on their new project:...

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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. You could source some wood and show off your handy-work you've learnt from your pops by building something special to give. Or, if he's more of the gadget type, find him the latest and greatest in sports or fashion watches. 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. And hey, why not...
Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2020

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2020

Valentine's Day is just around the corner which means love is growing in the air. Pink, red and white hues add a festive touch to shop windows and romantic deals for two are popping up everywhere you look. Looking for that perfect gift for your special someone? Whether your partner is a chic and sophisticated urban dweller or an adventurous outdoor enthusiast, at Altitude Sports our Valentine's Day collection is sure to light up their smile. Shop Valentine's Day Gift Ideas Valentine's Day Gifts for Her Whether she's at home in the city or lives for nights under the starry sky,...
His and Her Christmas Sweaters

His and Her Christmas Sweaters

What says Christmas more than His and Her Christmas sweaters? Relaxing by the fireplace with family and friends, with your favourite Christmas music in your ears and favourite Christmas libation in your hand—all while snug inside your Christmas sweater, the last word in holiday comfort. Which brings us to this guide, a collection of His and Her Christmas sweaters with style and eye-catching flair for every occasion imaginable. Take a post-dinner walk in the winter wonderland, look smart at carolling hour, make Santa jealous the night before Christmas and look the part when handing out gifts in the morning. Plus, Altitude Sports...
The 10 Best Gifts for Ski Bums & Snowboarders

The 10 Best Gifts for Ski Bums & Snowboarders

Picking out the best gifts for the skiers and snowboarders in your life can be challenging. Whether it's insulated ski jackets, snowboard pants, GORE-TEX mittens, or essential accessories, trying to find the right gear can be a tough task  - especially if you're shopping for a rider with a particular taste or style. Thankfully our staff of avid skiers, boarders, and backcountry adventurers have curated a selection of timeless styles, innovative designs, and trending essentials. These recommended products will help you find the perfect gift for a special someone who lives for fresh groomers, slushy park laps, and deep powder....