Archive for the ‘Gear’ Category

  • Review: Yeti Tundra 50 Cooler

    Oct 4, 16 • 2264 Views • GearNo Comments

    The longer I review gear, the more jaded I become. It’s hard to be impressed. I’ve become more selective about what products I want to review. But when the folks at Yeti Coolers reached out before the summer Outdoor Retailer show I knew I had to check...

  • Review: Sterling Velocity Rope

    Jul 29, 16 • 1886 Views • GearNo Comments

    I needed the perfect rope for my project. It had to be an 80 meter rope and it had to withstand a little more abuse than your average skinny line. I know that because I first worked the route, a 39 meter crack climb in Indian Creek, on a 9.2mm rope that...

  • Review: Rinsekit

    Jul 20, 16 • 1465 Views • GearNo Comments

    The RinseKit is one of those outdoor products that at first glance seems a little unnecessary—until you use it. I had one of these sitting on my shelf in the garage for a while before I actually took the time to bring it out on a climbing trip. I used it...

  • Review: Mammut Whymper Jacket

    Jun 25, 16 • 1750 Views • GearNo Comments

    Mammut designed the Whymper Jacket to celebrate the 150-year anniversary of Edward Whymper’s ascent of the Matterhorn. With taped seams, an adjustable hood, hem and cuff adjustments, underarm zips and large pockets the Whymper Jacket attempts to be the...

  • Review: Good-To-Go backpacking meals

    Jun 23, 16 • 1342 Views • GearNo Comments

    So you’ve spent the last number of weeks, months, and days obsessing about this upcoming adventure, but what have you forgotten? THE FOOD! Well, if you are me and you’ve been brainstorming and dreaming about that next adventure, it usually involves a)...

  • Review: Mammut Rock Rider

    Jun 12, 16 • 2279 Views • GearNo Comments

    When climbing in remote areas beyond the reach of immediate help you learn to understand the importance of having a healthy margin of safety. On Grade VI rock climbs in the Cirque of the Unclimbables and Grade III ice routes outside of Silverton I have found...

  • Review: Patagonia Dual Aspect Hoody

    Jun 11, 16 • 2833 Views • GearNo Comments

    Marketed as a piece that blurs the line between a mid-layer and a shell, the Patagonia Dual Aspect Hoody turned into my go-to “maybe” piece. As in, maybe it will rain, maybe it will snow, maybe it will be windy, maybe it will be cold, or maybe it will be...

  • Review: Exped Synmat Hyperlite Sleeping Pad

    Jun 6, 16 • 2119 Views • GearNo Comments

    The gear: Exped Synmat Hyperlite sleeping pad, size Medium (msrp $169) and Schnozzel Pump Bag UL (msrp $40) Reviewed by: Drew Thayer, Senior Contributor  A sleeping pad doesn’t need to be complicated, it just needs to do three things well: keep your body...