Clothing Reviews

Montane Anti-Freeze Jacket Review

Montane Anti-Freeze Jacket review

The Montane Anti-Freeze Jacket is a mid-weight insulated down jacket (available for both men and women) that can be worn as a mid-layer in really cold conditions or as a stand-alone jacket. It’s insulated with 750 fill power Hyperdry RDS-certified down with a fully adjustable hood. A two-way YKK front …

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Outdoor Research Waterproof Fleece Liner Gloves Review

Outdoor Research Waterproof Liner Gloves Review

Outdoor Research Waterproof Liner Gloves are fleece gloves lined with a waterproof/breathable insert to prevent external moisture from reaching your hands. Lined with Ventia, which is OR’s proprietary waterproof/breathable layer, they have a tightly woven external face that’s good for shedding snow and a plush polyester liner for warmth. While …

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Arcteryx Fortrez Hoody Review

Arcteryx Fortrez Hoody Review

The Arcteryx Fortrez Hoody (available for men and women) is a Polartec Power Stretch Hardface fleece jacket that has an integrated balaclava to protect your head and face from the cold.  It excels as a mid or outer layer for colder weather activities, with a trim fit and a longer …

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Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Gloves Review

Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Gloves Review

Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Gloves provide great warmth and excellent dexterity, which can be a difficult combination to achieve in an insulated winter glove. While mitts and mitten shells are a winter hiking essential, they don’t provide enough dexterity to hold an ice ax, melt snow, or check a GPS. My …

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Montane Future Lite Hoodie Review

Montane Future Lite Hoodie

The Montane Future Lite Hoodie is a lightweight, down hoodie that’s insulated with 750 fill power HyperDry RDS-sourced down. It has what manufacturers now call an “under-helmet” hood that’s thankfully tighter-fitting than the Godzilla-sized helmet-compatible down jacket hoods of yesteryear which were designed to fit over climbing helmets. Designed for …

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Montbell Versalite Pants Review

Montbell Versalite Pants Review

Montbell’s Versalite Pants are 2-layer ultralight waterproof/breathable pants that weigh just 3.7 oz (in a men’s XL.) They can be used as rain pants or wind pants or when you want light layer to keep your legs warmer in camp. Montbell’s Versalite Pants have been available for many years, but the …

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The North Face Venture 2 Rain Jacket Review

The North Face Venture 2 Rain Jacket

The North Face Venture 2 Rain Jacket is a value-priced but fully-featured waterproof/breathable rain jacket that can be used year-round for hiking and backpacking. The Venture 2 has a fully adjustable hood, 8″ long pit zips, velcro wrist cuffs, two side pockets, and an elastic hem adjustment which I consider …

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