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Better than merino? The Royal Robbins MerinoLux 1/4 Zip Review

Better than merino? The Royal Robbins MerinoLux 1/4 Zip Review
The elusive perfect merino shirt. Does it exist? Or do they all fall apart after wearing them hard? After finding out about merino working in a gear shop nearly 10 years ago, I’ve been infatuated with it’s amazing abilities. No smell, regulates your temperature, keeps some heat when wet. It seems like the perfect fabric for all outdoor clothing. There's one problem though. It’s not very durable. Wear a piece of merino a lot and you’ll see holes in less than a year. After wearing many brands of merino  for some travel, work and all my outdoor adventures I concluded

Alpaca Power: Ausangate Alpacor Hiking Socks Review

Alpaca Power: Ausangate Alpacor Hiking Socks Review
Merino is all the rage these days for outdoors base and mid layers but alpaca is better in almost every respect, on paper at least. Merino seems to be the best choice for most garments: soft, doesn’t stink, warm when wet, sustainably produced. But alpaca is all that plus some. Today’s review is all about Ausangate socks made with what might be the outdoor industry’s next big fibre: Alpaca fleece. What is Alpacor The Alpacor High Calf Hiking Sock from Ausungate aren’t made with only Alpaca fibre, it’s a blend with 80% Alpacor, 18% Nylon and 2% Spandex. Cool, but

Tiny Power: The GoalZero Flip 30 Review

Tiny Power: The GoalZero Flip 30 Review
GoalZero started in 2009 out of Robert Workmans work abroad to reduce poverty. He was frustrated with all the obstacles to helping people create sustainable lifestyles. After almost giving up and leaving the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he was helping at the time, he came to a realization: “If not us, who? If not now, when?” One of the issues was power. Getting reliable power opens a lot of doors for people in developing countries and helps those in need after emergencies like natural disasters. Since the start with a focus on helping in developing countries and emergency

How to set up a hammock: Rallt Double Camping Hammock Review

How to set up a hammock: Rallt Double Camping Hammock Review
Hammocks are dangerous if you sit in them wrong. But face the right direction and you can sleep in them all night. I set up the Rallt double hammock recently to start my testing. First time setting up a gathered-end style hammock. I’ve hooked up spreader-bar hammocks before. Easy. Hook the ring onto the hook. Done. For a gathered-end hammock it’s not much more. Put the straps around the tree, hook the carabiner on. Done. Sit crosswise and check out the view. Done. Lean back and fall out the other side. Almost. Apparently sitting in a hammock is harder than

LaceLocker Review: Tiny device keeps your shoes tied through long runs and any conditions

LaceLocker Review: Tiny device keeps your shoes tied through long runs and any conditions
How do you keep your shoe laces tied running, riding or on the kids at the park? Can be tough. Stop during the race and kill your momentum. Not notice your laces are untied and fall flat on your face. Riding with untied laces and risk having them wrapped around your pedal and suddenly you are tied to your bike. Clipped on with no way to get out. How often are the kids running around with laces untied. They bounce more than we do when they hit the ground but it’s still hard to watch. And entirely preventable. Clip a

Vancouver Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show

Vancouver Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show
Gear, tours, bikes, tourism, tents, so many tents. March 4 and 5 outdoor enthusiasts braved the crazy weather and made the trip to the Vancouver Convention Centre for the Vancouver Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show. Vendors as far as you can see made up of tour operators, gear makers and sellers, demonstration bikers and bike shops filled the floor under the sails. I  headed to Vancouver to talk to all the vendors I could about their tours and new gear. A bit of a kid in a candy shop. Some sunshine and a mini-hike in between capped off the weekend. Adventure

Cotopaxi Luzon Del Dia Backpack Review

Cotopaxi Luzon Del Dia Backpack Review
Most companies are in business to make money. They get to continue what they do if they make money to fund it. What happens with those profits though differs for each company. Some make money purely for the owners. Others, like Cotopaxi, are driven by a mission to use that money for a good cause. A certified B corporation, Cotopaxi takes 2% of revenues every year to fund grants around the world, helping active projects increase health, education and livelihoods in developing countries. They actively seek the best projects to fund and are transparent with exactly what they do with

Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show in Vancouver Ticket Winners

3 weeks ago we announced that we'd be giving away 2 sets of tickets to the Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show in Vancouver this weekend, March 4 and 5th. It's going to be a great show with tons of fun things to do and great deals. We drew the 2 winners of the tickets tonight and here they are! Interestingly both from instagram. phil.thethrill and seapotato     We've got in touch with the winners to get their info. Super stoked to see you guys at the show this weekend. Hope to see everyone else there as well!    

L.L. Bean Ultralight 850 Down Hooded Sweater Review

A lightweight down jacket should be in everyone's gear closet. The combination of minimal weight with maximum warmth is hard to beat with any kind of synthetic. Down's issues with moisture keep a lot of people from getting one. A new down treatment from Down Decor might change all that. This review is my results of bashing around the L. L. Bean Ultralight 850 down hooded sweater with 850-fill DownTek down. Features The Ultralight 850 sweater has features that you’d usually find more expensive jackets. It’s a good combination of features and comfort without a lot of weight. Here’s the main

Win Family Tickets to the Vancouver Adventure Travel Show

The Vancouver Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show is coming up. March 4 and 5th more than 250 outdoor gear and adventure travel vendors cram into the Vancouver Convention Centre with brand new products to try, great deals on gear and big bike, SUP and kayak demos. “B.C.’s largest showcase of outdoor gear & adventure travel experiences” is what they call it. Sounds good eh. Win Tickets! We’ve got 2 family packs of 4 tickets to give away for the show in March in Vancouver. All you have to do is comment below to get a chance to win. Let us