Helly Hansen Odin Stretch Insulator Review

The Odin Stretch by Helly Hansen integrates Primaloft Gold Active insulation, an elastic but warm synthetic insulation, to improve mobility without sacrificing durability or thermal performance. This is my review: As alluded to above, the Odin Stretch is built around 80 grams of Primaloft Gold Active insulation. This synthetic insulation is compressible, warm, quick drying,…

L.L.Bean Stormfleece Pro Review

Winter is basically here in my town. The temps are down, the frost is out, and the time to prepare is now. So, let’s start talking about jackets. The L.L.Bean Stormfleece Pro is a hybrid soft shell/fleece jacket that’s designed to shed light rain, snow and wind. This is my review.

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.

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…

Big Agnes Shovelhead Jacket

Big Agnes ShovelHead Jacket Review

Big Agnes has a long history of making high quality sleeping bags. Now, they’re producing high quality jackets as well. I’ve been using the Big Agnes ShovelHead jacket for quite some time now, and I’m a big fan. The Shovelhead is a lightweight insulating jacket filled with 700 fill DownTek down: a waterproof goose down that…

U.L. THERMAWRAP JACKET

Montbell U.L. Thermawrap Jacket Review

The U.L. Thermawrap jacket from Montbell is designed to function in wet or mixed conditions as an ultralight mid or outer layer. I’ve been putting it through every situation imaginable, and it’s performed exceptionally well. This is my review. Constructed primarily of hydro-phobic Exceloft insulation, the Thermawrap is built to hold up in a wide variety…

Helly Hansen Vertex Jacket

Helly Hansen Vertex Stretch Jacket Review

Fall is an amazing season: Changing colors, cooling air, and fresh jackets from Helly Hansen. The new Vertex Stretch is a polyester, slick faced hoodie designed for high intensity activities like backpacking, jogging, and repeatedly diving face first into piles of leaves. This is my review. The Vertex Stretch hoodie is what is called a “go”…

Mountain Khakis Rendezvous

Mountain Khakis Rendezvous Quarter Zip Review

Merino wool is an amazing material; Soft, warm, and it performs in a just about any condition imaginable. Wrapping that same material into a soft pullover? Magical things happen indeed. The Rendezvous from Mountain Khakis has treated me well from deep into the frozen woods to the middle of a bustling city. This is my…

Big Agnes Dunkley Belay Jacket

Big Agnes Dunkley Belay jacket Review

When it comes to jackets, synthetic materials are especially useful. They’re warm, durable, and provide reliable protection when precipitation starts rolling in. The Dunkley Belay Jacket from Big Agnes is a serious cold weather jacket with just such benefits, but it also adds packability and compressibility to the mix. The Dunkley Belay is a hooded…

L.L.Bean Alpha Air Jacket

L.L.Bean Alpha Air Jacket

Originally designed for the US Special Forces, The Alpha Air Jacket from L.L.Bean is a sturdy, functional, fully windproof jacket that’s designed to take a beating and provide stubborn weather protection when it’s needed the most. Instead of being built light and fluffy, it’s built with a robust soft shell body, Polartec insulation, and wet weather protection…