Monthly Archives: December 2013

Mont-Bell Crushable Lantern Shade Review

I recently stumbled across the Mont-Bell Crushable Lantern Shade at a small boutique outdoor store and I had to buy it.  Every time I head into the woods I try and strip down my gear set to the bear essentials, but, I always try and bring 1 or two luxury items that make the trip […]

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Outdoor Research Echo Ubertube Review

I recently picked up the Outdoor Research Echo Ubertube to use, primarily, as a sweatband.  While evaluating my gear I noticed that everything I brought with me into the backcountry is a specialized piece of gear, except for the old school cotton bandana that I had been tying around my head for years.  It works […]

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Outdoor Research Mentor Jacket Review

I recently picked up the Outdoor Research Mentor jacket (last years model) on clearance and I’ve been super pleased with it.  The new version, produced for 2013, that is made from the super cool new Gore-Tex Pro but the old Gore-Tex Pro seems to work well to me.  Outside of that difference the jacket is essentially […]

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How do you repair your gear when it breaks in the backcountry?

SNAP! You are 20 miles into the backcountry skiing over 10 feet of snow and your skin/bindings/ski pole/whatever just broke.  What do you do? When I’m out in the woods there are a few items that I never leave behind: 10-15 medium zip ties 1′ Tenacious Tape 1 tent pole sleeve (not pictured above) 2 […]

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Outdoor Research Axcess Pants Review

When I’m skiing at the resort my go to pair of pants are the Outdoor Research Axcess Pant.  They are a full GORE-TEX® pant (great for when you are forced to sit on a wet chairlift all day long) with a light layer of PrimaLoft insulation.  At the resort I always get too warm on the ski […]

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What medical equipment do you bring with you into the backcountry?

When I go into the woods with friends I am always interested in the medical equipment people bring with them.  For some being prepared means a fully stocked first aid kit that features everything from sucher kits to instant ice packs.  Personally, I bring far less than that. My standard medical kit contains toilet paper, blister […]

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Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp Review

The Princeton Tec Vizz is a fairly standard headlamp with the exception of its overall max brightness – 165 lumens! I did a double take the first time I read that stat.  Outside the lumen advantage there isn’t much else that makes it stand out.  It has a screw closure for the battery door, adjustable […]

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Black Diamond Storm Headlamp Review

The Black Diamond Storm headlamp is my go to light source for every activity I take part in.  It is super bright (100 lumens), takes 4 AAA batteries, fairly light weight (3.9 oz with batteries), easy single button mode switching, battery meter, fully waterproof to 1 meter, and has a lock mode so it won’t […]

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