Adidas Outdoor Terrex Scope GTX

Kemry testing the water curability of these Adidas Outdoor Terrex Scope in Oneonta Gporge Oregon

Kemry testing the water curability of these Adidas Outdoor Terrex Scope in Oneonta Gorge Oregon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     As some of you have known, I have been getting more familiar with gear reviewed as of late. And though at times it gets hectic and a bit overwhelming when you take on more products than you might be able to handle. But it still makes for a great reason to go out and adventure.

California Redwoods NP

California Redwoods NP

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     So when Adidas Outdoor sent me a pair of the Terrex Scope GTX shoes, I was more than happy to test them out. After all, Adidas Outdoor just purchased 5Ten. And you know how much I love 5Ten. See how these things hold up. When I first got them, I thought the fit was a little big, but would be ok once I had a thicker sock like some of my wool hiking socks. But after a few days of wearing them around, I realized they were much too big and would only get worse when completely broken in. So I passed them off onto my oldest son Kemry to test them out and give me his feedback. I know that sounds weird, but the kid is already as tall as I am. And his feet are about a size larger than mine, so it worked out ok. And I didn’t think it would be a good idea to try to exchange them once I had already used them a bit.

Great sticky STEALTH rubber

Great sticky STEALTH rubber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     So I had Kemry bring them along on our west coast trip. That way he could give them some good miles in Redwood NP, throughout Oregon’s state parks on the coast, the Gorge, and Crater Lake. It felt like a good variety of terrain. Between the sandy coast, the tree and mountains in NorCal/Central Oregon and water hikes of the Gorge. We even got in a desert hike in Smith Rock up Misery ridge.

Checking out how they handle the desert element at Smith Rock

Checking out how they handle the desert element at Smith Rock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     I have to say, judging by the appearance the shoes after the trip, they have held up nicely. Of course only time will tell on that on. But any one who has children knows how hard they on them and if they last 6 months it would be a new record for my son. These particular shoes are made with GORE-TEX but are fairly breathable. And come in Black/Blue and a Black/Green color combinations. The fit does seem to be a bit large, and they have a protective toe rand that is suitable for scrambling approaches. When I asked him how they performed, he said “They were great”…? I had to remind myself I was dealing with a youth. So questioned needed to be more yes/no. So I asked him a series of questions, and got, um… Better answers.

Were they comfortable? YES

Did they fit your feet? YES

Do you like the style? They’re ok looking

Was the Stealth rubber sticky? I didn’t slip when hiking through the water

He must have liked these, he wore them almost everywhere

He must have liked these, he wore them almost everywhere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Overall, what did you think of them? They made me like Adidas more…
Explanation: This kid is a high school football player. He thinks the world revolves around the BIG 2 shoe apparel companies in that field.

Likes: These shoes have the ABSOLUTE BEST rubber in my opinion Stealth rubber (same as on 5Ten shoes). Very athlete with a cutting edge look. Appearance might not be for everyone. Drained very well when we hiked through ankle to waist deep water in Oneonta Gorge.

Dislikes: Short shoelaces. Hard to double knot them. Constantly kept untying due to this. Low to mid top, so not great ankle support for steep down hill hikes. Looks might be too cutting edge and modern for some.

Overall: Good overall approach shoe. Awesome for scrambling over rocks, and walking across wet stones with amazing sticky rubber. And personally, I like the look.

Price – Around $160

Disclosure:

I am not currently an ambassador for Adidas Outdoor. I was asked to review a couple of articles as an independent blogger. I received this product for free, in return I agreed to test it and review it. In no way did this offer influence my review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone

Vasque Grand Traverse Review

Vasque Grand Traverse:

Looking out over the GSL

Looking out over the GSL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     About a month ago I awoke on my 37th birthday and decided I was going to go summit a Mount Raymond. So I threw on my Vasque Grand Traverse approach shoes and figured today was as good a day as any to put these comfy and stylish neon green shoes to the test. I checked the weather, on a 30% chance of showers. So I filled my pack and set out on a 11 mile
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     All the way to the summit these things were great. My feet felt awesome, no blisters, traction was great. And let’s face it, I looked pretty damn good. In my head I was thinking what an awesome approach shoes. If these things can handle a summit, my short 1 mile climbing approaches will be nothing. And then disaster struck.

The Grand Traverse work great on the MTB as well

The Grand Traverse work great on the MTB as well

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     It began to rain, and it began to rain hard. Thundering, lightning and pretty much a torrential downpour. The trail quickly dissipated, and my footing became extremely unsure. The traction wasn’t enough to handle the thick, slippery mud. And the fact that these shoes are a low/mid top made the ankle support not ideal for the conditions. This trail is less than flat in some spots and runs on a downward sloping grade for long portions. And I did lose my footing quite a bit, even going down on my rear once.

     Having said that, I believe these mis-performance issues were mostly user error. I think these shoes would be great on any short approach as I have used them quite a few times heading to the climbing crag. Even on a long ascent, so long as you don’t encounter thunderstorms. The main hike I tested these on is very hard, so much so, that I encountered no one until I was less than a mile back to my car. These shoes are great for river crossing (I’ve tried) and were short climbing approaches are required. Just want deeper traction when trudging through thick mud. But they did great the entire way up, and the ridge line of this hike is literally scrambling up a rock ridge that was wet. Because the weather came in as I was approaching the summit.

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Likes: These things are light weight, comfortable and look great. They have Vibram rubber on the soles and those who climb rocks know this stuff is awesome. The inner lining is moisture wicking so my feet stayed dry (until the rain). They also are easy to remove water when they get wet I found out.

Dislikes: Laces need to be a little bit longer. I like to double knot my shoes so they don’t untie. These I can barely get a double on. I do prefer a high top shoe, but  warming up to the mids.

Overall: Great shoe for short climbing approaches. Awesome for rock scrambling and river crossing. Even good for summits that aren’t deep snow or really muddy. Not awesome for thick mud, because traction isn’t super deep. Ultra comfortable, I will wear these quite a bit.

 

I am not currently an ambassador for Vasque. I was asked to review a couple articles as an independent blogger. I received this product for free, in return I agreed to test it and review it. In no way did this offer influence my review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone

See the weather looked good when the hike started

See the weather looked good when the hike started

Kuhl Wunderer shirt & Renegade pants

Kuhl Wunderer shirt

Kuhl Wunderer shirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Anyone who climbs with me knows what a fan I am of Kuhl clothing (that’s pronounced cool, and it’s German for cool). I find their pants to be the absolute best when it comes to climbing. So last winter ORshow I made an appointment with them. I was really hoping to make a long-lasting friendship, as well as see what awesome new products they had coming out. I was not disappointed one bit.
     They offered to send me a few articles to review, I jumped at the chance. You see, I already owned 2 pairs of their Krux shorts, and 2 pairs of their pants. I didn’t need convincing that their stuff was quality as well as comfortable. But wasn’t going to pass up a chance to see what their shirts were all about. Generously, they agreed to send me 2 shirts and another pair of pants.

First off, the long sleeve button down Wunderer:review 007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     What an awesome shirt. Easily my favorite button down I have ever owned. SERIOUSLY! I absolutely love this shirt, and I wasn’t the only one. Both my father and brother-in-law told me they wanted one. Easy enough Christmas gift. The sleeves are conveniently rolled up with button straps to keep them up. It is 100% nylon and under the arms is a stylish, yet breathable mesh that allows you to stay comfortable even in hot weather. With UPF 50 and a security pocket that zips up. Not to mention the awesome choice of the color white. This shirt would look great on the beach, in the backyard BBQ, on a cruise or nice day hike. It comes in 4 different colors: White, Carbon, Pirate Blue and Khaki. Retails for $70.

The Goondocks! The actual house that GOONIES was filmed in

The Goondocks! The actual house that GOONIES was filmed in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Likes: EVERYTHING! Seriously, I love this shirt, and I highly recommend it to every guy looking to add a little casual style to their wardrobe. And you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for mature styling.

Dislikes: NOTHING! Maybe that the white color will eventually get stained. I only say that because I took it hiking in the rain, and the green leaves began to run. But I was able to get that out of the shirt. But easy enough, don’t buy white. I will of-course wear the heck out of mine until that day comes.

Overall: An awesome and smart purchase even at the price. You will not regret it. Style and sophistication added to your look, what a small price for that beauty.
Second the Renegade pants:

The Kuhl Renegade pants work great for belaying too

The Kuhl Renegade pants work great for belaying too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     About a year ago, I was comfort shopping at REI. Just browsing around, looking for a reason to drop more money on some gear I may or may not have even needed. I found a pair of Kuhl pants on the discount rack. They were the perfect size, the material felt awesome and they seemed to be impeccable for climbing. Durability, with just the right amount of stretch, so I bought them. Immediately, I fell in love.

     When Kuhl asked if I would be interested in reviewing some clothing, I couldn’t say no. Naturally, I wasn’t disappointed. I found the Renegade pants to be just as awesome for climbing and long distance hiking when it’s a bit Kuhl out (see what I did there). Honestly, I haven’t found a better pant for climbing. Also great for just lounging around the house, or getting some yard work done.
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     It has multiple pockets even one specifically for your cellphone. With the durable stretchy Tufflex fabric (developed by Kuhl). It’s quick drying with UPF 50, and a perfect fit. Kuhlair vent system keeping your skin Kuhl. Made from nylon and spandex. And comes in 4 great colors: Carbon, Khaki, Brown and Breen. Retails for $79

Likes: Comfortable… I mean REALLY comfortable. The stretch-ability is great, and the fit is amazing. And they look extremely stylish. Super light weight.

Dislikes: There’s not much here. The price could be a little more affordable, but I would pay it anyway for these pants. Only bad thing I can say is the interior button came off after a about 10 uses.

Overall: I would buy these pants over and over again. Kuhl has gotten these exactly right.

Super stretchy

Super stretchy

5ten Rogues

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     In my youth, I had a pair of 5Ten Razors, they were my favorite shoes for edging. And though I really loved those 5Ten’s, I somehow started climbing in a competing brand. And didn’t own another pair of 5Ten’s until I was asked if I would be interested in reviewing some of the new Rogue’s. I’m relatively new to doing gear reviews, but I jumped at the chance to review a product in relation to the sport I so love.

Me sending Kelly's Arete' v5 in Joes Valley

Me sending Kelly’s Arete’ v5 in Joes Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     Now I would be lying if I told you i didn’t have some false pretenses about the shoes I was about to review. They looked like solid shoes, but seemed like the style lead more towards crack climbing. And anyone who knows me, knows I’m a sport climber/boulderer. I was hoping for a SUPER aggressive shoe, something with a down turned toe and a love bump. Something I could get on steep sport routes with. Honestly, I couldn’t have been more wrong. So much, that I have only climbed in one other pair of climbing shoes (another brand I am reviewing) since receiving the Rogues. That statement goes for gym and rock.
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     I have literally fallen in love with these 5Ten’s. This company has always made some high quality products, and I’m not sure why I never gave them another chances? I guess because I found something I liked, and if it’s not broken, why fix it? But guess what? I’m ready to make the switch back. 5Ten has completely won me over.

Classic problem The Angler v2

Classic problem The Angler v2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     I would recommend these shoes to any new climber looking to get into the sport, and to seasoned climbers as well. At a mere $100 retail, how can you go wrong. Great for gym climbing, especially if you don’t want to destroy the rubber on your $170 pair of super aggressive shoes. They come in a Lace up and Velcro (my favorite). And 3 separate colors, green (lace), blue and purple (women’s) are Velcro. As I mentioned before, probably a great shoe for crack climbing. They worked well for me on a few crack boulder problems in Joes Valley. But that’s not really my thing, so further testing might be needed to confirm that. I did however send Kelly’s Arête (v5) while wearing the Rogues. And quite a few technical v4 problems. They’ve done me well also in the sport world, though I haven’t gotten out on rope as much as if like.
In the gym, they are fantastic. Super comfortable, easy to put on and remove… AHHH Velcro rules! They say that this shoe is form-fitting, and I concur. Sizing is mostly accurate, though I would recommend a half-size smaller than normal for you, they do stretch quite a bit. With Stealth rubber (I’m a believer it’s the stickiest) you can smear anywhere, and the edging ability is superb. These shoes are very similar to the Anasazi’s. I don’t usually give a star rating, but if I were to rate the Rogues, 4.5 stars out of 5. I will get another pair of these awesome shoes when mine wear out.

COMFORT!!

COMFORT!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The Good: The price $100 – cheap for climbing shoes. Super comfortable, easy to get on/off. And the rubber is super soft and sticky.

Smurf Feet

Smurf Feet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The Bad: Only one thing… After inning in my Rogues for nearly 6 months, they still dye me feet blue when I sweat in them. It actually looks like some cool weird tattoo.
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Overall: The Rogues are an awesome new climbing shoe. Everything you want when getting into this sport. No one wants to waste $150 on shoes and maybe not even stick with the sport. Great for beginners, and crushers. And all around awesome shoe. Perfect for the gym, but good on the rock.

Here’s a link if you want to check out the styles and specs.
http://fiveten.com/products/footwear-detail/14211-rogue-vcs-neon-blue-charcoal

Disclosure:

I am not currently an ambassador for 5Ten. I was asked to review these shoes as an independent blogger. I received this product for free, in return I agreed to test it and review it. In no way did this offer influence my review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone

Dr. Cool Wraps Review

 

In January at the Winter Outdoor Retailer Market, I met with Kristen Bujold a PR rep for CGPR. After a few emails about possible gear reviews, she asked if I would be interested  in testing a new product called Dr. Cool Wraps. A fitness recovery product that combines cooling and compression in one flexible wrap. Great for icing injuries, as well as stabilizing sore joints.

Work great as an Ice pack, or just a brace

Work great as an Ice pack, or just a brace

After my initial preview of the product through the website link provided: http://www.drcoolrecovery.com/ I became excited. For the past 2 months, I had been battling a wrist injury I tweaked during a climbing session. And anyone who knows me, knows I am the worst at resting my injuries. I have trouble taking more than a week or two off. Not to mention my day job is quite physical, and requires a lot of joint motion.
 

 

 

So I accepted the offer to test and review the wrap. And I have to say, I have been very pleased with it. Now it’s easy to just I’ve down your wrist with a zip-lock filled with ice. But the Dr. Cool Wrap forms the ice compression around the joint. And acts as a brace at the same time. They come in a variety of colors, and 3 different sizes.

Dr. Cool Wraps come in many different colors & sizes

Dr. Cool Wraps come in many different colors & sizes

Small: 3 inch x 25, MSRP $24.99 – ankle, wrist, hand, elbow, foot, calf, arm
Medium: 4 inch x 50, MSRP $29.99 – ankle, elbow, knee, shoulder, thigh, calf, arm
Large: 6 inch x 50, MSRP $34.99 – back, hips, chest, torso
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The Wraps are made from a patented material that keeps colder longer than other fabrics. They are chemical free, and just need to add water, then freeze for 20 minutes. Wrap aching body part and let the cooling begin. Even works well in the field, so long as you can find a cool stream. Just soak it I’m cold water and wrap, will temporarily relieve aches.
Likes: Great form-fitting, works excellent for icing down. Easy to use, and they look much cooler than an ice pack.

Dislikes: When the ice wrap starts to warm up, there is a lot of water dripping. Will get your arm, leg, shirt, whatever wet. But them again, ice packs are very similar in that aspect.

Easy to use and adjust with the velcro strap

Easy to use and adjust with the velcro strap

Overall: Dr. Cool Wraps is pretty affordable. $24.99 for the small, $29.99 for the medium, and $39.99 for the large. Not bad considering the large can be wrapped around your waist. It also doubles as a brace. I think this product is worth it if you’re looking for a light weight, sturdy, compression/ice wrap.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjX59WitY4Q
I am not currently an ambassador for Dr. Cool Wraps. I was asked to review a couple of articles as an independent blogger. I received this product for free, in return I agreed to test it and review it. In no way did this offer influence my review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone.

TerramarSports Climasense Ecolator TR Review:

TerramarSports Climasense Ecolator TR Review:

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Last September, I was approached by TerramarSports to be part of their #terramartribe. As I had no previous experience with their product, but had heard good things from fellow members Kristie and Steve, I was excited for the invite. The opportunity to test new product is always welcome.

I accepted the invitation and received a welcome package soon thereafter. There were a few different styles of Terramar base layers that I received. But I decided to review the Climasense Ecolator TR, because those who know me well, or have stayed with me, know how much I love waffles.

 

The Waffle print, and thumb holes definitely encompassed my style. Super comfortable and stylish, the 1/2 zip can be used as more than just a layer. No doubt, it’s trendy enough to be worn as casual dress.
They are extremely comfortable with odor control as well as moisture management.

Early February Snowshoe in the Wasatch. Warm enough to to remove the jacket

Early February Snowshoe in the Wasatch. Warm enough to to remove the jacket

The Climasense 3.0 Ecolator TR 1/2 zip and crew styles come in 3 fashionable colors: Black/Olive/Burgundy for men. And Black/Pink/Purple in ladies. The Baselayer Pants only come in Black. The sizing mostly fits true, plus longer sleeves, making it nice for added warmth and range of motion.

black terramar crewgreen terramar half zippink ladies terramar half zip

Climasense is a 4 level product line. 1.0 Trailhead. 2.0 Thermolator. 3.0 Ecolator. 4.0 Glacier Fleece. Adding warmth with each raising level. The TR provides a warm effect when you are cold and vice versa, a cooling effect if you are warm.

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Likes: SUPER comfortable. Warm, and fast drying and totally breathable. I’m absolutely infatuated with the stylish look. I like any clothing article with thumb-holes, and the mock turtle neck 1/2 zip is a great look. Well worth the price of $50 for the 1/2 zip and $40 for the crew top or pants. A great buy that you will not be disappointed with.

Dislikes: the pants seem to be the one article that sizing is a little iffy? The waist did seem to ride a little low, and after a wash they were a little bit smaller. Would recommend going with a size larger maybe. As we all know, sizing can be tricky when ordering on line and not trying on.

Overall: I am more than happy with the Terramar Climasense Ecolator TR series. And will definitely be investing further in the other levels of Climasense and you should as well. I am truly that impressed with these Baselayers.

For more info on the great products by TerramarSports please visit their website at: http://terramarsports.com/

Another awesome weekend snowshoe Photo by Shawn Parry

Another awesome weekend snowshoe
Photo by Shawn Parry

I am currently an ambassador for Terramar. I was asked to review a couple of products with an invitation to be part of their #terramartribe. In no way did their offer influence my review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone.

Mountain Khakis Review

Erika Wiggins and I getting ready to ride the Mountain Coaster

Erika Wiggins and I getting ready to ride the Mountain Coaster

Mountain Khakis:

My initial thought when I opened the Mountain Khakis postal package, was what a wonderful smell.. It had the scent of a freshly opened pack of gum. I’m not sure why? It just smelled wonderful. Upon inspecting the clothing articles sent to me, I noticed that I had ordered the MK Rendezvous Hoodie and the Original Mountain Pants that I had seen at this years summer #ORshow.

You see, I made this connection with a PR rep for MK, at OR. I was browsing around the tent section at OR by myself and I stopped to grab one of their awesome MK beer coozies (it sports the Wyoming flag on it). Laura and I began talking and she agreed to show me their line. We exchanged information, and she informed me of their ambassador program. I’ve always liked the appearance of their clothing line, a sleek casual look for the outdoor industry. But until now, I didn’t know how comfortable they were.Striking a pose at the Zion NP sign wearing the MK Rendezvous Hoodie

 
Striking a pose at the Zion NP sign wearing the MK Rendezvous Hoodie

     After a quick back and forth through email, Laura gave me the info on the ambassador program, and asked if I would be interested in reviewing a couple of articles? I was thrilled at the opportunity, but being that these items were more cold weather based. I wanted to be sure to out them to an accurate test.Rendezvous Hoodie keeping me warm and dry in The Donut Falls Cave

 
Rendezvous Hoodie keeping me warm and dry in The Donut Falls Cave

So here is what I thought of the MK Rendezvous Hoodie, and Original Mountain Pants:

MK Rendezvous Hoodie

A sleek, classy looking hoodie. Stylish, with thumb holes and a comfortable hood. A zip up collar with rollover chin guard. It’s 100% Merino Wool, easily washable and comes in 3 colors – Black, Clear Blue and Rooster Red.  With 3 pockets that zip up, two for your hands and a 3rd Napoleon pocket at chest level. Wonderful for day hiking in cooler temps, keeping you comfortable at the crag, or just casual wear around the town.

Likes: Looks great, stylish and comfortable. Light weight, yet warm. And did I mention thumb holes. Fits excellent, exposing your personal physique.

Dislikes: The Price. Retails at $159.95. Definitely not for the dirtbag on a budget.

MK Original Mountain Pants

The other item I receive to do a review on is the Original Mountain Pants – Broadway Fit. A durable pant, that’s comfortable and fashionable for any outdoors enthusiast. 100% cotton canvas , with reinforced heel cuffs and triple stitched seams. Making them extra strong. With plenty of pocket space and easy to wash because they are cotton. The fit is natural and flawless to size and you can also get them Flannel Lined for just a little bit more. Great for work and outdoor play. And they come in 5 different colors. But the price can be a bit steep at $79.95, they are worth it considering the durability.

Likes: Comfortable, strong and extremely sharp-looking. The reinforced heels work great since I prefer my pants a little longer at the inseam. And the cotton makes it breathable.

Dislikes: Because it is cotton canvas, they are not as stretchable. Until they are well-worn in, they can be a little stiff. Harder to rock climb in, but they will soften up after a few washes.

Overall: Worth the money spent if you have it. Great products.

Erika Wiggins and I enjoying Oktoberfest at Snowbird

 
Erika Wiggins and I enjoying Oktoberfest at Snowbird

I am not currently an ambassador for MK. I was asked to review a couple of articles as an independent blogger. In no way did Mountain Khakis offer anything or influence my review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone.

Winter ORshow products & Adventures

I admit, in my youth I was very narrow-minded when it came to outdoor gear. I had the certain brand of shoes I climbed with, used the same tent for over a decade, and have been hiking in the same Nike trail runners for the past 5 years.

And though all the brands I had become addicted to worked great, I’ve come to realize, trying new stuff is not only essential, but fun.  New technology is being developed everyday, and the outdoor industry is so competitive…  You gotta stay on top of things, or you’ll be left behind.

So my recent visit to the winter ORshow has me wanting to replace all my climbing gear, hit the trail to try out my new hiking boots, and purchase more gear that i probably don’t need, but really, really want.  Here is a short product review on a few of the items I saw and some that I actually got the pleasure to use…snowyday 121

Hydro Flask- Great new double wall insulated, vacuum sealed water bottles.  We were given one of these for going on a Snow shoe that Shawn from Teton Sports had organized.  And though this water bottle was given to me, it did nothing to sway my opinion of it.  I actually did my own personal test between my Klean Kanteen and the Hydro Flask.  Both started with 170* water from my coffee pot, placed outside my back door into a 27* winter day.  After 2 hours the Hydro Flask was 10* warmer. And after 5 hours, the Hydro Flask was still 115*, the Klean Kanteen was only 100*.

http://www.hydroflask.com/Klean Kanteen vs Hydro Flask

Klean Kanteen vs Hydro Flask

     Omni Heat- Amazing technology by Columbia Sportswear.

Omni-Heat is a thermal reflective and insulated liner, that came inside a Columbia Whirlibird jacket I recently ordered. The Jacket also has Omni-Tech, a waterproof/breathable critically seam sealed shell.  Perfect for skiing or snowboarding. Great for any outdoor winter activity…  But be careful, more than one layer of Omni-Heat might be too much.  I found myself peeling layers when we were snowshoeing and I had Omni-Heat base layers, and a jacket and hoodie on.  This stuff really works. http://www.columbia.com/Omniheat

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     Tubbs Snow shoes- These were supplied to everyone who joined us for our ORshow adventure.  We were all given a pair to demo for the afternoon around Silver Lake near Brighton, Utah.  I chose the Tubbs Wilderness Snowshoe.  As soon as I strapped them to my feet, I noticed 2 things, much easier to get bound up than my Atlas pair, and much lighter.  The shoes actually worked great the entire hike, I’m sure everyone involved was more than please with them.

http://tubbssnowshoes.com/Group Snowshoe with Tubbs

Group Snowshoe with Tubbstubbs snowshoes

     Teton Sports- Teton was nice enough to not only setup the snowshoe, but hook everyone up with a Teton Summit 1500 pack and hydration bladder.  The Summit 1500 comes hydration ready, and will fit a 2-liter bladder.  With multiple pockets & pouches, also several gear loops, this day pack is great for hiking, day climbing or even light/over night canyoneering. And also comes with a storm–proof zipper and water–resistant liner/cover.  As a guest of Teton to the ORshow, I was able to check out their showroom.  And I was very impressed with their Trailhead sleeping bag, with a built in foot box and still weighing in below 3 lbs., it looks extremely comfy.  And the Outfitter XXL Quick Tent has a quick up hub system, making set up in seconds.  A great 1 man tent for over night back country hiking and canyoneering, weighing in at only 4.3 lbs. AMAZING!

http://www.tetonsports.com/index.htmsneek peek at Teton tent and sleeping bag

sneek peek at Teton tent and sleeping bag

     Keen Hiking Boots- Keen had an awesome sale at the Orshow, $40 for boots priced at $135 retail.  I was able to score a pair of the Keen Bryce Mid WP’s, which is good, cause I’ve been in need of some durable hiking boots.  I have yet been able to test them on a trail, due to all the snow we’ve recently gotten in Utah.  But plan on doing so time and again when the winter breaks.  I can tell you this, they are extremely comfortable.

http://www.keenfootwear.com/us/en/keen

Goal Zero- Great products that I was familiar with before the ORshow.  Last  summer at the Warped tour, I purchased a Guide 10 plus battery pack, and later a Nomad 7 solar panel.  I have used both in the backcountry to keep my phone and camera charged.  The battery pack will hold a charge for over a week if not used, and will charge your phone 1-3 times before needing a recharge.  And on a clear sunny day, the solar panel can charge your phone in about 2 hours.  Both products are light and definitely worth taking a look at for all your back country adventures.  You should also check out the Yeti 1250 solar generator, completely silent and safe to run indoors because there is no fuel and no exhaust gases.

http://www.goalzero.com/goal-zero-guide-10-plus-solar-mobile-charging-kit-d-00010101000000~184284

American Backcountry t-shirts- We were lucky enough to run into the folks from American Backcountry, and they hooked us up with the most comfortable t-shirt I’ve ever climbed in.  I can’t wait to see how awesome it works on long backcountry hikes.  Great looking graphics, and top quality “moisture wicking” apparel.

http://americanbackcountry.com/american backcountry

Other Products of note:

Millet- Makes some super aggressive, power bouldering/sport climbing shoes, the Myo.  As well as many other summer and winter sport products.

http://www.millet.fr/enmillet myo

Camp-  Photon express nylon quick draws are sweet.  I like them enough, I’m considering investing in an entirely new rack this season.  And weighing in at just under 3 oz each, seems great for aggressive, short, pumpy sport routes.  Not to mention their line of harnesses and ice climbing gear.

http://www.camp-usa.com/CAMP_Quickdraws_Individual

Sterling- Pretty much the only climbing ropes I choose to climb on.  When I made it to sterling’s booth, the rep was cool enough to give me a sweet pint glass, and a pro deal from their website.

http://www.sterlingrope.com/sterling ropes

The one product I was most excited to discover was the Biolite.  A portable camp stove, that takes the twigs you find on the trail for fuel, and can charge your phone with a USB port.  Helps you be environmentally responsible by using renewable resources.  And will be good at home if you ever lose power… Cook and charge gadgets.

http://biolitestove.com/Biolite-Camp-Stove-650x471

As I walked into the Outdoor Retailers show, I realized one major thing, these are my people.  This is the place I belong, I felt completely at home.  Happy to be somewhere, that people understand why it is what I do…  Why I want to go the places I go…  What I’m talking about when I speak of an environmentally responsible lifestyle…  And I came to a conclusion, I am not currently doing what I want to do with my life.  At least not career wise…  In the end, I’ll keep pushing and building toward some kind of future that involves more outdoor adventuring than I currently am getting.  And remember, Get Outdoors

Sasha Digiulian & me

Sasha Digiulian & me

Lynn Hill with Haley

 
Lynn Hill with Haley

Shawn Parry Red Carpet moment

Shawn Parry Red Carpet moment