Black Diamond Equipment has been the gold standard in climbing gear for a long time; you’ll find their Camalots or carabiners on most every trad climber’s rack. Building on the success of their storied legacy in hardgoods, Black Diamond continues to develop the breadth and scope of their gear offerings. Here are some this season’s standouts, from their venture into climbing ropes to the refinement of their climbing packs.Introducing:… Read more >>
Run commuting is an oft-overlooked “third way” of getting to work, provided you don’t live an unreasonably long distance from your job. While bike commuting gets all the press, getting your runs in to and from work is a great way to mix your workouts up and to do your part for ol’ Mother Nature. Besides your normal running wear, you’ll need a combination of specialized gear, hygiene supplies, and … Read more >>
Spring is almost here, and with it, the call to get out on the trail becomes almost deafening. It doesn’t make it any easier that the new season also brings hot new gear from our favorite brands, either. Read on for some 2017’s top gear picks for trail running and build your stoke for warmer weather.1. Arc’teryx Norvan VT Trail Running Shoes
There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction derived from, as they say, “earning your turns.” Untracked snow and crowd-free explorations are major perks to getting your fill of pow off-piste.
That said, skiing groomed trails still holds plenty of appeal for a variety of skiers and snowboarders.
Perhaps you’re a backcountry skier looking to enjoy a little Type 1 fun. Maybe you’re a weekend warrior escaping the city life for a … Read more >>
This Valentine’s Day, skip the tired, lazy tradition of flowers, chocolates, and jewelry and get your better half something that you’ll both actually want to use. After all, you both love the outdoors, right? That’s why you’re together, right? That’s why you’re shopping on this website, right? Reading this blog?1. The Nemo Mezzo Loft Duo
The M-Equipment, brainchild of French mechanical engineer Pierre Mouyade, has delivered version 2.0 of its highly innovative Meidjo binding. Merging a Dynafit-style low-tech toe piece with an NTN-style “duckbutt” second heel, these step-in bindings not only tour extremely efficiently, they tackle the downhill with equal gusto, offering fantastic lateral rigidity (and therefore edge control) and smooth telé-rêsistançe with their adjustable springbox. … Read more >>
Mountain Khakis’ mission is simple, to-the-point, and most importantly, authentic: They want to be the best damn mountain-inspired lifestyle brand.
It’s not an uncrowded field these days, however, with companies popping up like mushrooms after a spring rain all offering a similar pitch–for the millenial #vanlifers, for the climbing bum, for the spirit of wanderlust that burns bright in today’s young and “gainfully unemployed.”
So what makes Mountain Khakis … Read more >>
Carry Everything You Need Into the Backcountry
There are several qualifying characteristics that elevate a backcountry ski and snowboard pack from its less winter-oriented cousins. A streamlined design is a must, as is the ability to carry skis, snowboards, and splitboards comfortably. All things being relative, there are quite a few packs on the market that fit this description. Are there any packs that take these features, and distill them … Read more >>
There’s nothing quite like hiking in the winter.
The stillness, the solitude, the muffled crunch of your footsteps as you explore pristine, untracked wilderness–finding yourself in a winter wonderland is always an uplifting experience.
There are some things you have to keep in mind when you go out on wintertime treks, however. Hiking in the winter presents a unique set of challenges and precautions that need to be taken compared … Read more >>
For those who are privy to the temperature regulating power of wool and seek to combine style with warmth, the Marmot Eliana is an ideal match. This sweater jacket is well-suited for everything from autumn hikes through the woods to running errands to cozying up après ski by the fire.
Like an all-day-long hug that … Read more >>