Monthly Archives: October 2013

Feathered Friends Down Booties Review

I can’t think of a better feeling than taking my ski boots off after a long skin and slipping on a pair of Feathered Friends Down Booties. Like little mini sleeping bags for your feet down booties keep your toes toasty while you sit around camp on cold nights.  I bring these booties along with […]

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Adventure Medical SOL Emergency Bivy Review

The Adventure Medical SOL Emergency Bivy is one of the few pieces of gear that is always in my pack no matter what I’m doing.  Pair this with a down jacket and some insulated pants (or even an ultralight sleeping bag like the Sea-to-Summit Spark) and you have an all weather, 4 season emergency shelter […]

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Outdoor Research StormTracker Glove Review

In my recent quest to find the perfect backcountry skiing and general mountaineering glove an employee of Outdoor Research recommended to me that I try the Outdoor Research StormTracker glove.  It is a leather palmed, softshell glove with Gore Windstopper on the back and a mild bit of insulation on the inside.  They also zip […]

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Outdoor Research Stormcell Gloves Review

The Stormcell gloves by Outdoor Research are a very interesting pair of gloves.  They are a form fitting, Gore-Tex lined, waterproof glove intended for ice climbing.  I picked up a pair to use backcountry skiing and mountaineering.  While this glove works ok it is not my go to glove.  They fit very well, keep my […]

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Arc’teryx Atom LT Pants Review

The Arc’teryx Atom LT pants are one of the only pieces of clothing I use that contains synthetic insulation.  I wanted a lower body insulation layer that could stand up to the weather.  When I get wet it always seems that my pants get wetter than any other item I’m wearing.  While treated down is […]

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Julbo Tensing Mountaineering Glasses Review

The Julbo Tensing high alpine mountaineering sun glasses are my go to sun glasses for almost all activities I take part in.  From skiing (resort and backcountry) to mountain biking to sea kayaking these are the single pair of glasses I reach for.  I have very sensitive eyes and require very dark sunglasses – the […]

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Millet Matrix 30 MBS Ski Touring Backpack Review

The Millet Matrix 30 MBS ski touring backpack is a pretty solid backpack that holds everything you need without the risk of blowing a zipper while only weighing 2 lbs 8.56 oz.  This pack takes a little different approach than most ski/snowboard backpacks – it has a single large main pocket rather than a dual […]

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1.4mm Z-Line Slick Dyneema Cord Review

I am not a cord expert but I like this stuff.  Its slick but not so slick it won’t easily hold a knot, it is really lightweight, fairly strong (330 lb. tensile strength), a nice bright orange that is easily seen.  Great for guy lines or a bear bag cord.

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Little things add up when reducing weight

I recently replaced my factory tent stakes with a set of MRS Carbon-Core tent stakes.  I also replaced all my guy lines and tent stake loops with a lightweight Dyneema cord.  Overall I dropped about 3 ounces from mountaineering tent and 4 ounces from my 3 season tent.  You might not always be able to […]

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CAMP Corsa Nanotech Ice Axe Review

I recently upgraded my tried and true Black Diamond Raven Pro ice axe to the CAMP Corsa Nanotech ice axe.  The Corsa Nanotech weighs a ridiculous 8.8 ounces (allowing me to drop 6.3 oz.) but feels as sturdy as my old Raven.  It is primarily constructed of aluminum but has Sandvik Nanoflex steel reinforcements on the […]

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