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Sea-to Summit Ultralight Insulated Pad

March 25, 2017
by Jon Dorman

Camping season is upon us! Camping season has me thinking about camping gear. Being a trails maintenance guy during my summers I'm pretty well outfitted but my wife and two boys need some more proper outfitting as we are planning on taking our 6 year old on his first hike-in multiday backpacking trip this summer. There are few things that can make a night more uncomfortable and long than a pad that won’t hold air for more than a few hours. I have slept on my share of pads over the years and since last spring have become a die-hard Sea-to-Summit supporter. I picked up the ultra light insulated pad last spring while my other unnamed brand of pad was on warranty. Never having had a Sea-to-Summit but knowing that this would be
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Cascade Rock by Blake Herrington

March 8, 2016
by Ian Mayer

If you haven’t gotten your hands on “Cascades Rock,” the new guidebook by Blake Herrington, you’ll be very excited when you do. Blake does a great job of covering a lot of ground, not only himself with repeats and ascents all over the Cascades, but in his coverage of climbs of varying grades at both “roadside” areas like Index and Washington Pass, to the Gunsight Range, “two days away from the nearest road.” Color pictures, short bios, and back history make the book a pleasure to read, while simple topos, and hiking route images make it easy to make sure you’re going the right way. This book holds its own right next to the Beckey Guides.

We recommend this book to any rock climber
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Patagonia Nano Air Jacket

March 1, 2016
by Jon Dorman

Patagonia’s Nano-Air Jacket quickly became my favorite layer this winter for several reasons:

  1. Comfort: The first is how comfortable the face fabric is. The fine-ness of the weave and fibers makes this piece surprisingly soft, making it really comfortable next to the skin. This jacket was my go to après ski jacket because, again, it is just so darn comfy.
  2. All Weather Warmth: On colder days, or super wet days on the mountain, wearing a capilene t-shirt and the Nano-Air under my shell worked really well, keeping me warm, but not too warm. An added benefit of layering in this fashion was if my outer shell wetted out, the Nano-Air’s water resistant outer fabric
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Compactor Poles by Black Diamond

February 19, 2016
by Ian Mayer

The Compactor Pole by Black Diamond is a durable ski pole, which folds down into three sections, which makes it great for a number of winter activities.

The Compactor Pole works much like an Avalanche Probe, making it very durable. Once the three sections are made rigid, there is no chance for them to slip, even on steep side-hills when you’re really pushing on them. They are definitely heavier than an in-bounds ski pole, made to take the varied abuse that comes with skiing or riding in the backcountry.

Snowboarders and splitboarders will love how small this pole gets, making it able to fit in most 20L+ packs. However if you’re concerned about keeping up with your lightning fast skier friends during transitions
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2015 Goggle Gear Guide

September 26, 2015
Backcountry Essentials

2015 BCE Goggle Gear Guide

We’ve just received a shipment of Smith Optic Goggles. There are a lot of great, made-in-America options to choose from, so here is a guide to help with some of the features of each!

SMith Optics I/O7 

  • Quick-release lens change
  • Lens pivots to fit different helmets and faces
  • Smith’s Largest Spherical Lens
  • 5X Anti-Fog Technology (Smith’s highest level)

I/O

  • Quick-release lens change
  • Spherical Lens
  • 5X Anti-Fog Technology (Smith’s highest level)

I/OX

Petzl Corax

August 26, 2015
by Ian Mayer

The Petzl Corax is a great multi-use harness, especially for those who are either just getting into the sport of rock climbing, or those who want one harness that can do any job pretty well.

The Corax has all of the features of a great cragging harness: light weight, durable, and simple. It has two gear loops on each side, as well as an extra small loop on each side, which can be used to rack ice screws in the winter. All of the buckles (two on the waist and one on each leg) are double-buckled and therefore just need to be tightened in order to be used properly. The waist and leg loops have enough padding to endure some hanging, but you may want to search for something more comfortable if you’ll be on a larger wall with consistent
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MSR Whisperlite International

June 13, 2015
by Mattias Evangelista

MSR has been one of the most recognized names in camping stoves for decades, and for good reason. At the heart of MSR's impressive stove line is the Whisperlite International. Simple, proven design makes this my go to stove for almost every occasion. Weighing in at just under 16oz the Whisperlite packs extremely light, yet I'm constantly impressed with its quick cook time. I average about a 5 minute boil time, and have no trouble cooking meals for multiple people. The versatility of being able to switch between white gas and kerosene is incredibly handy, especially when traveling out of the U.S.. hence the "International" name. The only knock I have against the stove is a lack of a "simmer" option. However, this
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Boulder X Mid GTX

April 22, 2015
Backcountry Essentials

Just like it's shorter brother the Boulder X mid GTX has proved to be a great versatile shoe. I have had a pair of the boulder x's for the last 2 years and love the shoe. From wearing them around town to scrambling around larabee to hiking down to lost lake the shoe gives good grip and fits snug on the foot due to the mythos lacing system. So I was exicited to see LaSportiva come out with a taller version. It still fits snug in the toe for those steeper scrambles or inpromptu bouldering sessions but is really comfortable right out of the box. I was actually really suprised how comfortable asnd lightweight these puppies are. The added ankle support is much appreciated and also keeps unwanted hitchikers out of your shoe (something
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Big Agnes Boot Jack 24

April 18, 2015
by Mattias Evangelista

I feel "bang for you buck" is the best way to describe the BootJack. For $179 you get a 24 degree bag with DownTek,  features that would run you well into the $200 price range with competing bags. As far as performance goes, the Boot Jack has gone above and beyond my expectations pretty much across the board. As far as pack-ability and weight goes, it does pretty well,  packing down to about 8 inches by 8 inches and weighing in at just over 2 pounds. In terms of fit the bag is true to size and provides ample arm and leg room. Where the bag really shines is with its durability and use of DownTek. I recently took this bag out to the Washington Coast for a surf trip. A misreading of the tide charts and camping a bit too
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Sea to Summit X- Pot 2.8L

April 12, 2015
by Jon Dorman

I have been a big fan of Sea to Summit’s X series ever since I first got an XL bowl. For those who are unfamiliar, the X series includes fully collapsible bowls, mugs, plates and now a fully featured cooking pot. They use high grade heat resistant silicone as the walls to be able to fold flat when not in use. I had doubts about how strong the pot sides would be especially when the pot is fully loaded with food, but the X-Pot is plenty stout. When sea to summit says fully featured pot they aren’t kidding, it has a hard anodized aluminum base, a BPA free durable lid with built in strainer holes, and handles that double as stays to keep the lid on when storing. It also has a nesting design and can fit 2 X-mugs and 2 X bowls inside
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