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Astral TR1 Mesh Shoe Review

Astral TR1 Mesh Shoes Review

Astral TR 1 Mesh Shoes are lightweight hiking shoes designed for wet terrain like canyons and canoe portages. They’re perfect for use in wet conditions where your feet are frequently submerged underwater because they drain immediately. I have mesh trail runners, but …

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Jackets with Pit Zips: When Are They Effective?

Jacket Pit Zips - When are they Effective?

Jacket pit zips are zippered openings located under the armpits on many rain jackets and winter shells. They’re designed to help you vent excess body heat, so you perspire less when wearing waterproof/breathable or non-breathable jackets. Pit zips are positioned in your …

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REI Minimalist GTX Mittens 2.0 Review

REI Minimalist GTX Mittens 2.0

REI’s Minimalist GTX Mittens 2.0 are 3-layer Gore-tex mitten shells that are ideal for use as rain mittens by themselves in cool weather or over a fleece or wool glove liner in winter. They have long gauntlets that cover your wrists, with …

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10 Best Down Hoodies and Jackets of 2021

10 Best Down Hoodies and Jackets of 2021

A down hoodie or lightweight down jacket is a hiking and backpacking essential during spring and autumn when nighttime temperatures stay cool. Our preference is to use jackets that have hoods because we think that’s a must-have layering feature for hikers and …

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