Tested: Showers Pass Refuge Jacket

Tested: Showers Pass Refuge Jacket

This hard-shell jacket has fully taped seams, water-resistant zippers and three-layer performance fabric to keep it dry on the inside, but also front core vents and a breathable material to prevent overheating. Noteworthy features include reinforced shoulder patches...
Tested: Five Ten Maltese Falcon

Tested: Five Ten Maltese Falcon

I must confess that my first thought upon seeing these mountain biking shoes was that they looked heavy and hot. But we all know that looks can be deceiving. It turned out they weighed only an ounce more than my previous “cross-country” kicks and breathed just as...
Tested: Lowa Aerox GTX Lo Surround

Tested: Lowa Aerox GTX Lo Surround

Full disclosure: This is the first pair of hiking shoes (as opposed to boots) that I’ve tried out since I lost a pair of beloved Timberlands about 10 years ago. I’m still not completely over the tragedy of leaving them in a 900-degree car during summer, which caused...
New Gear: Year in Preview

New Gear: Year in Preview

Gear doesn’t make the adventure, but it can make the adventure better. Here are the latest tools and toys you won’t want to leave home without. Hiking Tested: Para’Kito Mosquito Repellent Roll-On It packed a powerful punch, and I felt better about putting the...
Tested: Kelty Spur

Tested: Kelty Spur

The ambidextrous shoulder sling and three-point harness on this bag make it versatile on the trail or in the city. An external shove-it pocket can be used to stash your phone or wallet, and a cinch water bottle sleeve is great for quick access on the go. The large...
Tested: DU/ER No Sweat Pants

Tested: DU/ER No Sweat Pants

“Life changing” might be a lofty phrase for a pair of pants, but these britches have truly changed the way I look at my wardrobe. Why have I been a captive to coarse denim jeans and poor-fitting khakis when I could’ve been decked out in ridiculous comfort all along?...