Helly Hansen Odin Insulator Jacket Review

There once was a time when down was the only option for light weight winter insulation. This is no longer the case. High performance synthetics like Primaloft have changed the game, and even offer benefits over down fill. The Odin Insulator from Helly Hansen is tangible proof of this. The Odin Jacket outer and inner body are both … More Helly Hansen Odin Insulator Jacket Review

Mountain Khakis Granite Creek Windbreaker Review

A windbreaker is something I don’t quite see enough of in the backcountry. Often times it’s too warm for an insulating layer, but the wind chill can still cut right through your bare skin. The Granite Creek Windbreaker is a light weight solution to this problem. The jacket is built from a lightweight rip-stop nylon … More Mountain Khakis Granite Creek Windbreaker Review

Sierra Designs Elite Cagoule and Chaps Rainwear

The Elite Cagoule and Chaps from Sierra Designs ditches the concepts of traditional gear, and instead reaches deep inside their pocket of ideas for something lighter, breezier, and completely zipper free. Tradition is a strong force in backpacking, but sometimes different truly is better. The Cagoule and Chaps are sold separately, but are designed to … More Sierra Designs Elite Cagoule and Chaps Rainwear

L.L. Bean PrimaLoft Packaway Fuse Jacket

The Packaway Fuse jacket from L.L.Bean is a lightweight, highly breathable packable jacket designed to fill that need for light weight warmth in the spring, summer, and fall. It’s a quite straight forward jacket, made of a thin PrimaLoft chest, back and upper arms, with a very breathable, vent like, stretchable nylon panels under the … More L.L. Bean PrimaLoft Packaway Fuse Jacket

Helly Hansen Verglas Down Insulator Review

The Verglas Down Insulator from Helly Hansen is a light weight, down jacket designed for staying warm in low activity times around camp, or for being out and about when the weather turns. About the Verglas The Verglas comes loaded with 700 fill down to provide loft and warmth. It’s constructed from a lightweight Pertex ripstop … More Helly Hansen Verglas Down Insulator Review