Category Archive: Outdoor Research

Glacier National Park

5 Days in Glacier National Park Packing List

Recently I spent a week in Glacier National Park doing the 55 mile northern high loop. This is a full gear list including both packed and worn items for the trip. Since this trip took place in late summer/early fall we had to be prepared for showers and sun (both of which we encountered).

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Outdoor Research Radar Rain Cap

Outdoor Research Helium Radar Rain Cap Review

I was recently shown the Outdoor Research Helium Radar Rain Cap and was immediately intrigued. The Helium line by Outdoor Research is their best selling rain gear line and includes my favorite rain shell – the Helium II – so the addition of a cool hat using similar technology got me excited. Need a super […]

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Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Jacket Review

The Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid jacket is one of two new jackets in Outdoor Research’s Helium line.  The Helium Hybrid is designed to act as a wind jacket with very light weather protection.  The lower portions are made from a wind blocking material that is nice and stretchy to allow easy movement.  Its also breathable so […]

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Outdoor Research Echo Long Sleeve Zip Tee Review

The Outdoor Research Echo Long Sleeve Zip Tee is the most versatile piece of clothing I own.  Pretty much any time of year, regardless of the weather, you can find me wearing the Echo Long Sleeve Zip.  I’ve worn it during roasting summer time rafting trips, freezing winter ski adventures to the tops of mountains and […]

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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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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 emergency equipment do you bring into the backcountry?

Lately I’ve been taking a look at the emergency gear I bring with me during backcountry skiing day tours – something I try to do at the beginning of every season.  Its important to continually evaluate what you bring along.  As your survival skills, equipment, and mountaineering abilities evolve the gear you require to stay safe in […]

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Outdoor Research Cathode Hooded Jacket Review

Lately I’ve been trying to find a better light insulation layer to keep me warm during high energy output activities and that will continue to insulate while wet.  I looked at several different options and ended up choosing the Outdoor Research Cathode Hooded Jacket – after using the jacket a few times I know I […]

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Outdoor Research Valhalla Pants Review

Outdoor Research’s Valhalla pants are made for backcountry skiers who want a comfortable, breathable, lightweight softshell.  Made from Gore Windstopper, they are very thin but offer excellent weather protection.  I love these pants because of their flexibility – primarily because they are great for layering. I would call these pants a true “soft” shell and I would […]

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