Reviews

Gear Review: Mountainsmith Zerk 40L Fastpack

Gear Review: Mountainsmith Zerk 40L Fastpack

The Zerk 40L Fastpack is a brand new pack from Mountainsmith designed in conjunction with backpacking athlete Tom Gathman, aka Indiegogo, and will be available on a larger scale in...

Apr 30, 2019 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: Salomon Odyssey Triple Crown

Gear Review: Salomon Odyssey Triple Crown

When selecting a shoe worthy of cradling your precious hooves for thousands of miles, the Salomon Odyssey Triple Crown is one you should definitely take for a stroll.   The Odyssey...

Apr 24, 2019 : Anthony Mannello
Gear Review: Xoskin Long Sleeve Base Layer and Socks

Gear Review: Xoskin Long Sleeve Base Layer and Socks

Intro Xoskin is a fairly new company on the market, providing base layers that feature something called RAPIDriCOPPER Technology. Basically, these guys have quietly come up with a totally unique

Apr 18, 2019 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad

The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm is Therm-a-Rest's warmest model in their wildly popular NeoAir sleeping pad line, which includes the NeoAir XLite and the new NeoAir Uberlite. With an R-value of...

Apr 15, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest Oberon Zero-Degree Sleeping Bag

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest Oberon Zero-Degree Sleeping Bag

The Therm-a-Rest Oberon At-a-Glance like this one. Once removed from the stuff sack, it lofted beautifully with a few shakes. Durability and Water Resistance Nikwax Hydrophobic Down, one of

Apr 11, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
Gear Review: Brooks Cascadia 13

Gear Review: Brooks Cascadia 13

After swapping sizes several times, recovering from a persistent stress fracture, and waiting for a burly Utah winter to abate, I have finally had a chance to test out the Brooks...

Apr 8, 2019 : Anne K. Baker
Gear Review: Feathered Friends Murre EX 0-Degree Sleeping Bag

Gear Review: Feathered Friends Murre EX 0-Degree Sleeping Bag

Spring might be springing in the lowlands, but we all know that seasons in the mountains are their own thing entirely. For those who do not mess around when it...

Apr 3, 2019 : Jessica Tinios
Gear Review: Altra Lone Peak 4 RSM

Gear Review: Altra Lone Peak 4 RSM

We have a few seasons in Montana: First Snow, Winter Mud, Snow II, False Spring, Second Winter, Real Spring, Big Mud, and Summer. And back to the start. This means...

Mar 27, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
Gear Review: BioLite HeadLamp 330

Gear Review: BioLite HeadLamp 330

I've been enjoying backpacking and running long enough to remember when nighttime illumination meant carrying a flashlight. Over time, bulky flashlights equipped with D cells evolved into sleek

Mar 27, 2019 : Ken Nail
Gear Review: Granite Gear Blaze 60

Gear Review: Granite Gear Blaze 60

Granite Gear’s Blaze 60 isn’t the lightest pack around—but then, it’s not supposed to be. It’s designed for hikers who need to haul extra gear or make long food and...

Mar 25, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans