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Montane Minimus Smock Rain Shell

Montane Minimus Smock Hard Shell Review

The Montane Minimus Smock is an incredibly lightweight pullover style, waterproof breathable hard shell weighing just 5.7 ounces in a size XL. Made out of 15 and 40 denier Pertex Shield+, the Minimus Smock is so lightweight that it feels like you are wearing a wind shirt, although it can serve double duty as a waterproof, […]

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Hiking Liner Socks

Hiking Socks and Sock Liners

Sock liners are thin wicking socks worn underneath a heavier hiking or snowsport sock. The biggest benefit they provide is blister prevention, particularly when you are wearing a stiff leather hiking, mountaineering boot or skiing boot that has very little give to it. They’re often not needed for softer synthetic boots or if you wear […]

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Hiking in Montane Terra Pants

Montane Terra Pants

All of my UK hiking friends swear by their Montane Terra Pants which may be the most popular technical hiking and adventure pants on the other side of the pond. While they’re amazingly lightweight and comfortable, the Terra Pants are too warm for late spring or summer hiking in New England where you’d sweat to […]

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Thermoball Primaloft Synthetic Insulation

Thermoball Synthetic Insulation vs Goose Down

Thermoball is a new form of Primaloft synthetic insulation designed to mimic the insulating properties and compressibility of goose down while providing a lower cost alternative to down coats and jackets. Co-developed for The North Face’s new line of insulated jackets, Primaloft Thermoball provides the equivalent warmth of 600 fill power goose down while maintaining […]

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Shallow Tread

Salomon XA Comp 7 Trail Runners

I’ve been testing a pair of Salomon XA Comp 7 Trail Runners for the past month as a potential replacement for the Inov-8 Terroc 330′s that I’ve hiked with since 2010. Inov-8 totally redesigned those old trail runners (see Has Inov-8 Wrecked the Terroc 330?)  recently and completely eliminated the mesh which I rely on […]

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Gorilla Grip Gloves - Grippy Surface

Gorilla Grip Bushwhacking Gloves

My hands get pretty torn up on 3 season bushwhacks – so much so that it looks like I’ve been in a fight with a spruce tree, which is the case more often than not! I won’t try to defend bushwhacking, which most trail hikers probably think is insane, but I like it because it […]

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