Category Archive: Product Review

Outdoor Research Cirque Pants Review

The Outdoor Research Cirque pants are a great backcountry skiing pant.  They offer excellent water protection, the right amount of breathability, nice wide legs to go over ski boots, reinforced lower legs so you skis or crampons don’t chew them up, they are very durable and offer a nice adjustable waist so you can fit […]

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CAMP B-Dry EVO Rain Pants Review

The B-Dry EVO Rain Pant by CAMP is made for one thing – to keep you dry when its poring rain without weighing a gram more than necessary.  According to the manufacturer the B-Dry pants are made out of a ripstop nylon that “has a silicon treatment on the outside to shed water and add strength” […]

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The North Face Supernatural Down Jacket Review

The North Face Supernatural down jacket is a phenomenal demonstration of modern jacket technology.  It is wrapped in super lightweight shell of Pertex Quantum 15D nylon ripstop and filled with a 950 fill power water resistant down.  You end up with an incredibly lightweight jacket that is one of the warmest I’ve ever used.  Weighing a miniscule  12.95 oz. (I […]

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MSR CamRing Cord Tensioners Review

Not much to review here.  These cord tensioners are great.  I use them not only on all my guy lines.  Sure, you don’t actually need these.  You can tie a great knot that does the exact same thing.  But when I’ve got cold, stiff fingers I’d much rather use one of these.  Besides, they weigh […]

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MSR Carbon-Core Tent Stake Review

The MSR Carbon-Core Tent Stake is advertised as the lightest full strength tent stake on the market.  While I don’t know if this is true or not they are super light, weighing just 5.7 g per stake.  They are made of a carbon core encased in a metal sheath and topped with a plastic cap.  They are fairly wide […]

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Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket Review

The Helium II jacket by Outdoor Research is one of the most vestal jackets I’ve ever used and possibly the most used jacket in my closet.  It is a waterproof shell that weighs just 5.8 oz. (what I have weighed my size medium at). This fact is what makes it so vestal.  When I go […]

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Bergans of Norway Helium 55L Backpack Review

A phenomenal backpack – just the right size and weight for a weight conscious mountaineer. As soon as you start figuring out how to pack your gear into this backpack for the first time you realize how much thought went into its construction.  While it was created to be a ski mountaineering backpack I have […]

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Mountain Hardware Direkt 2 Tent

Mountain Hardware Direkt 2 Tent Review

An overall great tent with some small annoyances that are easily overlooked. When I look for a tent there are three main questions that I ask: Will it keep me dry no matter what? How heavy is it? Is it freestanding? This tent has great answers to all 3 of these questions making it my […]

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