Spring 2022

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  • Review: Colorado Duffel

    I’ve always gotten away with borrowing dry bags for raft trips, but after spending more time on the rivers last year, I thought it was time for my own. Nothing less than the best would do, leading me to the Watershed…
  • Review: Symphony Capri

    The weather is a huge factor when biking in the spring. Some days it’s warm, but most days it’s not. That’s why I was excited to get the Symphony Capri pants from Pearl Izumi. They provide great coverage for rides on cooler…
  • Review: La Sportiva Zeal Jacket

    The La Sportiva Men’s Zeal Jacket is an outstanding lightweight breathable mid-layer constructed to handle high-octane winter activities such as ski touring, running, and ice climbing. The jacket boasts a nifty and agile…
  • Review: Sitka Dakota Jacket

    In the cold, dark heart of a Montana winter, discomfort comes easy—especially when creeping through a snowy forest, hiding behind a blind on the riverbank, or battling the icy wind as it howls across the prairie. So if you…
  • Review: Sitka Stormfront Gloves

    Most Montana hunters, at least the ones over age 35, will remember when Sitka first came out. The stuff was mind-bogglingly expensive. Until you got your hands on it—from a friend, on a pro deal, or by some other creative…
  • Review: MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent

    When I first received the MSR Carbon Reflex 2 tent, I couldn’t believe that it wasn’t missing any pieces. It’s small, compact, lightweight, and easily fits in my backpacking pack. Though on the smaller side for a two-person…
  • Review: Gilman Grips

    I’ll be the first to admit, I was leery when I first looked at the Gilman Grips. Their claim that they would improve my rowing and that I’d be able to get rid of the oar-rights I’d been using for years, well that just…
  • Review: Nathan Sunglasses

    I'm the type of guy who is always wearing sunglasses. Be it moving around in the high country, running whitewater, or driving on the highway, I like having my eyes relaxed and protected. The new Adventure Polarized Running…
  • Review: Ibex Indie Hoodie

    After years of wearing my brother’s baggy hand-me-downs, nice, well-fitting, female-specific clothing is much appreciated. The women’s Indie Hoodie from Ibex is versatile, comfortable, and fits my body—something those old…
  • Review: Korkers River Ops Boa

    Well, folks, these ain't your grand-pappy's fishing boots. When I pulled Korkers newly updated River Ops Boa out of the box, I thought I'd feel like Terminator wading into the stream on a mission to blast trout out of the…
  • Review: Ibex Tranquil Joggers

    The Tranquil Jogger from Ibex is the most comfortable and versatile pair of sweatpants I’ve ever worn. Combining the wicking performance of Ibex’s legendary merino wool with organic cotton, the Tranquil is perhaps the…
  • Review: Patagonia Jeans

    Within hours of receiving the Patagonia Performance Twill Jeans, I was putting them to the test at a local climbing area. After a few knee bars and drop knees, I knew these were going to hold up well. I prefer the natural…
  • Review: Minus 33 Boyshorts

    From its base in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Minus 33 presents merino wool underwear for both men and women. The Women's Woolverino Boyshorts are styled after, yes, boys' athletic shorts, but without the peekaboo…
  • Review: Pearl Izumi Coast Workpant

    Versatility is big for me, when it comes to most anything. The Pearl Izumi Coast Workpant is about as versatile as it gets when it comes to cycling apparel. The pants are made mostly with heavy-duty cotton and nylon. They'…
  • Review: Lone Peak 5

    I’ve been trail running for two decades and every pair of shoes I’ve owned has had a heel. Recently, I decided to switch to a zero-drop running shoe, and I was skeptical to say the least. I’d heard horror stories of…
  • Review: Blackfin Pro

    This summer, I have been wearing Costa Blackfin Pro sunglasses on the river. Costa claims that their patented 580 polarization technology is almost 100 percent efficient. Believe it! When I put the glasses on, my entire…
  • Review: Montec Toasty Jacket

    For active outdoor excursions on cold days, a bulky coat does more harm than good—it hinders movement and causes overheating. What you need is a medium-weight layer that's low-profile yet warm—and that's exactly what you…

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