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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

    XShot Pro Review

        Since getting a GoPro 2 years ago, I’ve wanted a good camera pole (also called selfie sticks, but camera pole sounds way better) to go with it. They let you capture unique angles with your camera, film yourself on your adventure and stick your camera in places you don’t really want your own limbs and digits to be. I got my grubby little hands on an XShot GoPro Pole to test it out with my GoPro 3. I wanted a better way to use the GoPro hiking, ski touring, kayaking and sailing. The head and chest mounts are great but a

      PureOutside Gear Reviews

        PureOutside Gear Reviews
        One of the best uses of the internet for us outsiders is finding information about gear and how it performs. You don't want to spend your hard earned money on gear that doesn't work well. We can let others go before us, try it out, and let us know how it goes. PureOutside's gear review section is all about just that, testing gear to see how good it is. You can go to the Gear Review section on the blog or follow the links below.   PureOutside Gear Reviews Osprey Talon 33 backpack Arcteryx Sidewinder SV Jacket MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

        Book Review: The Avalanche Handbook

          That feeling of being weightless, gliding through the dry, powdery snow. That feeling of wonder as you gaze at the snow-capped peaks surrounding you entirely. That feeling of relaxation as you realize there's no work, no computers and no boss within 50 kilometers of where you are now. Backcountry touring, whether on a splitboard or skis, is like you're in another world entirely. Yes, it's an incredible amount of work to reach the top of a snow-covered mountain using your muscles alone but when you touch that summit, when you realize there's no one else around, you feel the satisfaction

          One simple way to keep your camera at your fingertips while hiking

            Imagine you're out on a 3 day hike with some friends. The weather is good, the scenery is amazing and you're making great time towards your destination. You have a digital SLR camera in your heavy multi-day backpack so you can show friends and family at home the myriad of colours you're passing through. Every time you plod around the corner to another picturesque spot the same thing runs through your head. "Wow, I should take a picture of that." "All I'd have to do is put down my  40 pound backpack, open it up, move things around to get

            Dancing in Hi-Tec Para Boots

              Welcome to this edition of Products. This is where we cover new outdoor products of all types including tents, hiking boots and jackets. --- We're starting the very first edition of Products with a new product that's been one of the most interesting I've ever reviewed, the Para boots from Hi-Tec. I had the opportunity to test out the Hi-Tec's newest invention and I was impressed. Let's get into what these wild new boots are all about. The Para boots are not like any other boots you've seen before, I can guarantee you that. Hi-Tec has taken a brand new

              RIBZ Front Pack Review

                RIBZ Front Pack Review
                Welcome to this edition of Products. This is where we cover new outdoor products of all types including tents, hiking boots and jackets and for this week, the new RIBZ Front Pack. ** Earlier this year, I went for a 6 day wander on the West Coast Trail, a 75km coastal hike on Vancouver Island. It was a gruelling and fantastic experience all at the same time. Carrying 40 pounds of gear on your back is taxing for most people and I'm no exception. The worst part is when you forget your sunglasses in your backpack. You have to put

                Running Gear: The Best Way to Carry Your Phone

                  Running Gear: The Best Way to Carry Your Phone
                  The air was warm and the sun was out. I was right in the groove. The perfect song was playing as I weaved back and forth through the trees running through the trees in Linley Valley. Then a slow song came on. Everything slowed down. I forgot about the beautiful trees and water and grass. All I could think about was how this new song was really not the right tempo. My groove was gone. I reached for my left upper arm. My music-playing phone wasn't there because it feels too big and heavy on my arm. I reached for

                  Floating over the Mud: Hi-Tec’s Sierra Lite I WP Hiking Boot Review

                    I had the chance recently to try out Hi-Tec's newest light hiking boots, the Sierra Lite I WP. My marketing spiel for them would be  something they, "pull together Hi-Tec's advanced technology into comfortable, rugged, light-weight hiker." Or something like that. Hiking boots are such a personal thing that I'm not going to say this boot is perfect for everyone. If it fits you, awesome. If not, then you'll have to find a different boot. For me this boot fit great. I've been having issues trying to find a great lightweight boot that fits and won't fall apart and so far this boot

                    Garmin Forerunner 405 Training Watch Review

                      How closely do you time your runs? If you're like me, up to year and a bit ago I never timed anything. I'd run a distance I thought was close to when I should run and call it a day. I didn't really measure much. I guess that's why my results were less than stellar when I'd finish a race. They were respectable but certainly nothing amazing. I've heard the saying "What gets measures, gets improved" but never really paid it much attention. I had running to do and I wasn't going to waste some of that time, fiddling around

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