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Lowa Tempest Mesh Shoe

Lowa Tempest Mesh Shoe

Lowa’s Tempest Mesh Shoe is a versatile, lightweight, nimble trail and travel shoe designed for warm weather. Made out of a mesh and leather upper, the Tempest Mesh Shoe is very breathable. My feet don’t tend to get that hot (poor circulation!), but I did notice when wearing these shoes that the mesh upper and [...]

September 13, 2015 E.D. 0

Ridgemont Outfitters Mesa Oiled Suede Shoes

Ridgemont Outfitters Mesa Oiled Suede Shoes

I have several shelves of hiking, running, skiing, biking, walking, boating, gardening, climbing, and soccer shoes in my gear room, all standing ready for duty like short, sturdy soldiers. So many shoes–so many fun things to do! For a fast weekend trip to the in-laws I moved a new pair of  Ridgemont Outfitters Mesa Oiled Suede shoes into active [...]

June 26, 2015 Matt Colonius 0

Outdoor Research Feedback Flannel Shirt

Outdoor Research Feedback Flannel Shirt

I’ve been testing the Outdoor Research Feedback Flannel for the last few weeks, and I’ve been pleased by its soft, cottony feel and the fact that it performs like a midweight baselayer. Only when I sat down to write a review did I realize that the buttondown top  is made of high tech synthetic, which explains its ability to regulate [...]

February 3, 2015 Nathan Welton 0

Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle

Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle

Nothing’s more important than staying hydrated, especially during active pursuits or excruciating all-nighter deadlines. Hydro Flask’s Insulated Water Bottle is ideal for cold or hot beverages. Made out of 18/8 food grade stainless steel, with vacuum insulated walls, the Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle is durable and performs well in a variety of settings. At 32 ounces, [...]

December 13, 2014 E.D. 0

Native Eyewear Haskill Polarized Sunglasses

Native Eyewear Haskill Polarized Sunglasses

I recently had to slog through a 22-hour drive across the center of the country, and wanted a pair of shades that would do double duty for both driving and exercise. I wanted great optics, lots of coverage across my face, and frames that would stay put while running. The Native Eyewear Haskill glasses appeared [...]

November 26, 2014 Nathan Welton 0

Oboz Missoula Shoe

Oboz Missoula Shoe

I’ve been rocking the Oboz Missoula for the last few weeks here in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, where I’m spending the autumn climbing rocks and photographing friends doing the same. The weather’s been wet, the trails have been muddy, and my feet have been extraordinarily happy. The Oboz Missoula is an interesting fusion of technical [...]

November 2, 2014 Nathan Welton 0

Platypus SoftBottle Water Bottle

Platypus SoftBottle Water Bottle

The Platypus SoftBottle fills a niche in my water bottle quiver. When space and ounces are at a premium, this soft water bottle/pouch is a reliable, collapsible container for transporting the liquid of life. The Platypus SoftBottle comes in two sizes: . .5 L (8 oz.) and  1L (10 oz.) , which, according to Platypus, [...]

September 26, 2014 Leslie Steen 0

Hydrapak’s Bishop Hydration Pack

Hydrapak’s Bishop Hydration Pack

For the last several weeks Hydrapak’s Bishop hydration pack accompanied me on trail runs, day hikes, epic chicken coop building in hundred degree heat, and some fly fishing in the Sierra. After some great trips, I’ve decided that a good hydration pack mimics the three bears story–not too big and not too burly, not too [...]

September 5, 2014 Matt Colonius 0

Sierra Designs Women’s Hiking Tank

Sierra Designs Women’s Hiking Tank

I like wearing tank tops on hot summer days, but I don’t like  sunburnt shoulders, tell-tale tan lines, and chafing under my backpack straps. The Sierra Designs Women’s Hiking Tank covers these bases with grace and style, so I can have the protection of a tee with the freedom of a tank when I’m spending long [...]

August 21, 2014 Leslie Steen 0

Sierra Designs Women’s Long Sleeve Cowl Neck

Sierra Designs Women’s Long Sleeve Cowl Neck

The Sierra Designs Women’s Long Sleeve Cowl Neck gets high marks for launching a new genre of long sleeve top that works incredibly well to protect from the elements and is also mountain fashionable. I’m a bit obsessed with this new long sleeve layer. My closet shelf of long sleeve technical tops is stacked with [...]

August 19, 2014 Leslie Steen 0