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Helly Hansen Loke Jacket

Helly Hansen Loke Jacket

Earlier this summer, I co-led a wilderness adventure course for a group of 15 year-old boys, a long backpacking trip into the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming . Careful to pack only high quality gear I chose Helly Hansen’s  Loke Jacket for the trip, and it  did a fantastic job of keeping me dry, comfortable, [...]

August 29, 2014 Scott Steen 3

Sierra Designs All Season Wind Jacket

Sierra Designs All Season Wind Jacket

I’m glad to be testing Sierra Designs All Season Wind Jacket this spring; the unpredictable weather in my high altitude Colorado hometown means I need to be prepared for anything. This great new soft shell has allowed me to do just that. It’s durable, water resistant, windproof, breathable, and extremely stretchy. The jacket first arrived [...]

April 24, 2014 Nathan Welton 0

Pearl Izumi Men’s Select Barrier Jacket

Pearl Izumi Men’s Select Barrier Jacket

Pearl Izumi’s Select Barrier Jacket has become my go-to jacket for my daily bike commute. It’s lightweight, cut nice and long in the back, and does an excellent job of protecting me from the elements when I’m riding. Although the Pearl Izumi Select Barrier Jacket is described as water-resistant rather than waterproof, I’ve found it [...]

February 20, 2014 The Boss 0

Helly Hansen Paris Parka

Helly Hansen Paris Parka

I have one thing to say about winter. If you’re cold, you’re not wearing the right jacket. Also, the right jacket is Helly Hansen’s Paris Parka. (This is a women’s jacket; an equivalent jacket for men is the Coastal Parka.) I wore this jacket every day in temperatures between 20 degrees F and -15 degrees [...]

February 15, 2014 E.D. 0

Core Concepts Women’s Mirror Ball Hybrid Shirt

Core Concepts Women’s Mirror Ball Hybrid Shirt

What’s more fun than a pearl-snaps shirt in a springy color that’s just as at home at the cowboy bar as it is at the climbing wall? The Core Concepts Women’s Mirror Ball Hybrid Shirt! I love the Core Concepts Women’s Mirror Ball Hybrid Shirt because it gives me a chance to not look super [...]

May 8, 2013 Leslie Steen 0

Terramar Wind Boxer Briefs

Terramar Wind Boxer Briefs

After testing Terramar’s Wind Boxer Briefs in Norway and Colorado, I’ve concluded that every man must have a pair in his underwear drawer. These high-tech undies are essential for any cold and windy activity, whether it’s running, cross country skiing, peak bagging, or simply being outside during chilly weather. I do a lot of trail [...]

May 8, 2013 Nathan Welton 0

Core Concepts January Jacket

Core Concepts January Jacket

It’s hard to sacrifice performance for fashion when I need to be out in the elements, but I really don’t like looking like a hiker as I go about my city life. Now I have another option: the January Jacket by Core Concepts. This fun, feminine soft shell jacket provides great weather protection and satisfies [...]

January 23, 2013 E.D. 0

Pearl Izumi Select Barrier WXB Pant

Pearl Izumi Select Barrier WXB Pant

The best gear makes the weather irrelevant.  Pearl Izumi’s Select Barrier WXB Pant is so effective at keeping me dry that I’ve become a dedicated bike commuter. I admit I had low expectations before I saw the pant, but I’ve been loving wearing it in all types of rain from mist to drizzle to downpour. The Pearl [...]

January 6, 2013 Bruce Michaux 0

Smartwool PhD Wind Zip T

Smartwool PhD Wind Zip T

Smartwool’s PhD Wind Zip T is hands down my favorite winter top on the market, and that’s no small feat. I wouldn’t hesitate to call it a must-have garment if you love cross-country skiing or winter running and if you happen to throw down the hammer in places where the wind might just blow you [...]

December 2, 2012 Nathan Welton 0

Outdoor Research Snoqualmie Sombrero

Outdoor Research Snoqualmie Sombrero

I used to make fun of people I saw around Seattle wearing sombrero-style rain hats. Then I tested the Outdoor Research Snoqualmie Sombrero and realized what a fool I’ve been. This hat is fantastic. It’s waterproof, breathable, and it fits my head perfectly. It’s available in four sizes and has an adjustable headband in the [...]

November 8, 2012 E.D. 0