Clothing Reviews

REI Swiftland Low Gaiters Review

REI Swiftland Hiking Gaiters

REI Swiftland Gaiters are low softshell gaiters designed for use with trail runners and low hiking shoes, including: trail runners with a rear gaiter trap (like Altra trail runners) trail runners or hiking shoes that have a flat sole trail runners or …

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REI Rainier Rain Jacket Review

The REI Rainier Rain Jacket is an inexpensive but well-featured waterproof/breathable rain jacket that can be used year-round for hiking and backpacking. Priced at $99.95 dollars, but often discounted, the Rainier is virtually identical to the Marmot Precip Eco Rain Jacket and …

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Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Rain Jacket Review

Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Rain Jacket Review

The Patagonia Torrentshell 3L is a moderately priced, 3-layer waterproof/breathable rain jacket that’s surprisingly affordable with premium features important to hikers and backpackers. It has a two-way adjustable hood with a front brim, pit-zips, zippered handwarmer pockets, rip-and-stick velcro-style cuffs, and is …

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Railriders Bone Flat Pants Review

Railriders Bone Flat Pants Review

Railriders Bone Flat Pants are thin lightweight long pants with mesh vents running down the inside and outside of the leg. I discovered them last summer when we had record heat and humidity in New England and I wanted long pants that …

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Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody Review

Arcteryx Squamish Hoody Review

The Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody is a lightweight windshirt (wind shell or windbreaker) that can be used for multiple sports from hiking and mountaineering to climbing and trail running. It’s very barebones, with a one-way adjustable hood, stretch cuffs, a zippered chest pocket, …

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Rab Downpour ECO Rain Jacket Review

Rab Downpour Eco Jacket Review

The Rab Downpour Eco Rain Jacket is an affordable waterproof/breathable rain jacket with many features that will appeal to environmentally conscious hikers. It has an excellent human-sized (non-helmet compatible) hood, pit zips, hipbelt compatible pockets, and velcro wrist cuffs. The entire jacket …

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Fjallraven High Coast Hike Trousers Review

Fjallraven High Coast Hike Trousers Review

Fjallraven High Coast Hike Trousers are lightweight hiking pants that are cool enough for use in warm weather. They’re ripstop nylon pants with some stretch to them, which makes them quite comfortable, and they have five pockets, including three with zippers for …

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