bestrainjacketformen3
02 Nov 2017

Seven of the Best Waterproof Jackets Under $200

Amongst the many potential banes of a hiker’s life (or at least their days on the trail), is the regret of setting off into the backcountry with leaky or underperforming waterproofs when we need them the most. They can, after all, spoil your day. Finding a balance between style and

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Patagonia Cover Photo
26 Oct 2017

Brand Spotlight: Patagonia – Setting The Example for The Outdoor Industry

In a world where our leaders appear to be getting progressively more unconscientious, it is a source of great comfort to know that not all our planet’s major players are cut from the same cloth. In the high echelons of the planet’s multinationals and positions of power, thankfully, there remain

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Trekking poles
19 Oct 2017

7 of The Best Technical Backpacks Under $250

Accumulating all the necessary kit for serious mountaineering adventures can be a costly business. With ice tools, crampons, cams, clothes, helmets, ropes and various other bits and bobs on the non-negotiable list, most of us find our chances of experiencing moderate poverty rising in tandem with our stash of gear.

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navigation in the outdoors
18 Oct 2017

Trail Navigation 101 – How To Use A Map And A Compass

The advent of mobile navigation devices such as GPS and cell-phone applications has led to a fairly common disregard for the old-school, traditional use of map and compass. Like any electronic device, however, navigation devices have their drawbacks and limitations and are susceptible to a host of undesirable variables such

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Thru-hiking PCT
20 Sep 2017

Five Things I Wish I Had Left at Home Before Thru-Hiking the PCT

A wise person once said of backpacking, “the more you know, the less you need.” After two thru-hikes and decades of multi-day trips I’ve become more confident in choosing the gear that works for me, but I’ve made some poor choices along the way. It took a lot of experience

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Best mountaineering boots
16 Sep 2017

Buyer’s Guide To Purchasing The Perfect Mountaineering Boot

In the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in northern Italy, a roughly sewn scrap of deer, bear skin and lime tree bark takes pride of place in the museum’s prized collection of Stone Age artifacts. Dating all the way back to 3,500BC, this curious assemblage of materials was worn by

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sherpaadventuregear
18 Aug 2017

Brand Spotlight: Sherpa Adventure Gear

With so many big-name and not-so-big-name outdoor brands on the market these days, all producing relatively similar goods, choosing where to spend your hard-earned cash can prove to be fairly problematic, especially for the less decisive among us. In terms of quality, value for money, durability and performance, the options

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Zanerobe men's bomber jacket by LA
24 Jul 2017

13 Badass Bomber Jackets For Men

The bomber jacket is considered a quintessential part of just about every man’s wardrobe these days, but the iconic look initially began during the 40s as a functional piece to protect fighter pilots during World War I. Since then, the military and menswear have become intrinsically linked over the years

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Trekking poles
10 Jun 2017

Eight Overlooked Essentials Every Thru-Hiker And Backpacker Should Carry

Telling a thru-hiker, die-hard backpacker what they should or should not carry is rarely advisable. Chances are, they will not look favorably upon any attempt to deprive them of something they’ve already spent days, maybe weeks in their own heads pondering whether or not to add, remove from their already

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Mountaineering Gear Guide
31 May 2017

The Perfect Gear Guide for Summiting The Matterhorn

The Matterhorn. Just say the name and your mind is likely to conjure all sorts of tales from its treasury of climbing mythology – accompanied, no doubt, by an image of what might just be the most iconic mountain in the world. Skewering the Valais and Valtournenche skyline with its

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