L.L.Bean Down Sweater 3-in-1 Jacket Review

When it comes to staying warm on the mountain, layering is key. The L.L.Bean Down Sweater 3 in 1 Jacket combines a lightweight down jacket and sturdy waterproof shell that can be zipped, allowing it to be worn in three configurations. The 3 in one is essentially two jackets that combine to become one. The…

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Chaco Z/Cloud Sandals

Chaco Z/Cloud Review

Few things are as comfortable as a sandals, and few brands are as iconic as Chaco when it comes to producing them. Their Z/Cloud line of sandals combines their classic design and styling with a soft, pillow-top footbed. Starting with the build, the sandals are essentially three layers. The top two layers come together to…

Sea to Summit UltraLight SI Mat Review

Featuring grippy silicone traction prints, a new valve that features deflation assistance, and a self-inflating foam core, the Ultralight SI Mat from Sea to Summit promises unique features in a lightweight, packable design. How did it hold up in our testing? This is my review. The Sea to Summit Ultralight SI mat is a 1″…

North St. Flanders Backpack Review

Made to order in Portland Oregon, the Flanders backpack by North St. is a waterproof, durable, stylish backpack that’s poised to be the culmination of a daily carry, commuter, and hiker’s pack, all in one. The flanders is a roll top backpack, meaning the top of the pack is closed by rolling the fabric down,…

How to fix a jingling zipper

I have a backpack. It’s a great backpack. But, this backpack sounds like it has bear bells hanging off of it when I walk. This simply isn’t going to work for me. Thankfully, I have metal tools and some rope. This is how I silenced my noisy zipper. Starting off, there are likely two sources…

Julbo Aero Sunglasses Review

Julbo Aero Performance Glasses Review

The Julbo Aero Performance Sunglasses are designed to be ultralight, aerodynamic sunglasses that target trail runners and mountain bikers. They provide a wide field of view while emphasizing clear vision and comfort. The Julbo Aero glasses are designed for moments when clarity is of utmost importance, such as reading the terrain while trail running or…

Helinox Cot One Review

The Helinox Cot One is a lightweight, packable sleep system that is designed to provide exceptional comfort while camping, or even backpacking, with it’s fully collapsible yet easy to assemble design. The Cot One is constructed primarily from heavy duty, lightweight TH72m DAC aluminum poles for the primary structure bars and the legs. The bed…

GCI SLIM-FOLD Cook Station Review

The SLIM-FOLD Cook Station is designed to become a convenient yet durable multi-tiered camp kitchen, while still folding flat for easy storage when not in use. It features an aluminum counter top, steel frame and storage compartment, 4 shelves, and more. Starting with the design and construction, the SLIM-Fold Cook Station is built around a…

La Sportiva Primer Low GTX

La Sportiva Primer Low GTX Shoe Review

The Primer Low GTX combines the new Gore-Tex Surround technology and a full synthetic construction for a highly breathable, lightweight hiking shoe that doesn’t sacrifice comfort or protection. The Primers as mentioned before are constructed entirely of synthetic material, with a Nano Cell upper with PU synthetic leather, Gore-Tex surround waterproof technology throughout, EVA injection…