Garneau Cityzen Collection Preview

The Cityzen Collection from Garneau aims to blend city and outdoor life with a range of clothing that fits both purposes. With an emphasis on style, technology, and comfort, they’re designed to perform on the trails while also blending in while in public.


L.L.Bean Backcountry 2 Dome Tent Review

Rugged and ready for the worst conditions, the Backcountry 2 Dome tent from L.L. Bean offers impressive durability and weather protection at a relatively low cost. The Backcountry 2 is a full double wall 4-season backpacking tent. This means it’s designed to handle high wind, heat and snow. The tent has a full front door…

New Primalot Black Sleeping Bags from Big Agnes Promise better warmth and compressibility from synthetics

Inspired by and dedicated to the rugged Continental Divide Trail, the 1101 Collection of Sleeping Bags uses new Primaloft Black synthetic insulation which provides better warmth, compressibility at lower weight. Primaloft Black is a new type of insulation that utilizes and accordian like structured, which can be layered and positioned strategically to provide warm, lofty…

Princeton Tec Axis

Princeton Tec Axis Headlamp Review

Simplicity in use is the theme of the Princeton Tec Axis. The Axis is a lightweight, high powered headlamp that provides instant access to brightness adjustments through a unique, simplistic interface. My review: The Axis has only two adjustments. There is a large, easy to find button on the side of the headlamp, and an…

Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 700 Review

Improving on their previous Backcountry bed design, Sierra Designs has updated their sleeping bags to be warmer, more efficient, and lighter through the use of streamlined design and revised materials. Is newer better? My review: Let’s start by looking at the design. For the unfamiliar, the original Backcountry bed removed the zippers of traditional sleeping…

Sierra Designs Convert 2 Review

4 season protection at 3 season weights? The Sierra Designs Convert 2 tent promises to be just that. With a removable vestibule, beefed up construction, and a sturdy design, this could work. The Convert two is designed for winter use. It has a more robust pole system than most 3 season tents, breathable nylon walls…

Yaktrax Summit Review

The unique Yaktrax Summit crampons are designed with the new Boa ratchet system for faster, easier attachment to boots or shoes. Featuring 3/8″ carbon nano spikes, they’re poised to provide excellent traction and easier use. My review:

Montbell Down Hugger 800 # 1

Montbell Down Hugger 800 #1 Review

The Down Hugger sleeping bag line from Montbell utilizes a unique spiral construction that’s paired with elastic stitching to gather the loft up around the seams, improving warmth, comfort and fit. This is my review. The Down Hugger 800 #1 is an 23 degree EN rated sleeping bag. It is constructed from lightweight 20 denier…

Helly Hansen Oden Veor Jacket Review

The Oden Veor takes the traditional down jacket and pokes some holes in the design, almost literally. Implementing unique back, pit and chest vents, the Oden Veor aims to enhance heat regulation and reduce moisture build up, while still providing warmth at a light weight.