Winter 2022-23

Departments

  • Head in the Cloud

    The bounty of the BBC. “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” —Rachel Carson Winter is a special time in mountain…

Gear Reviews

  • Review: Scarpa Kailash Trek GTX

    After a particularly awful customer-service experience—you know, the kind that leaves you so incensed that you immediately draft a letter to the company president—I’d thought I’d sworn off Scarpa forever. Twenty-five years…
  • Review: Scarpa 4-Quattro XT

    A universal truth: skiing ain’t cheap. A pair of ski boots for the resort is expensive, let alone two for your backcountry quiver. And if you spend your days lapping lifts and skinning switchbacks, you know that ski boots…
  • Review: Duck Camp Brush Pants

    When a relentlessly hot summer coincides with early upland-bird season, overheating afield is a problem. Morning hunts are the best way to combat the heat, but sometimes it's hard to get out until later in the day. I’ve…
  • Review: Duck Camp Vest

    On those unpredictable fall days, when Mother Nature gets downright schizophrenic, nothing beats a good softshell—it's flexible and warm, it shucks light rain and driving snow, and it can be worn by itself in moderate…
  • Review: Gregory Alpaca 60 Duffel

    Duffel envy isn't pretty. An otherwise amiable fellow descends into a dark abyss of discontent, plotting against the bag-bearer, fabricating devious designs to pilfer the bag and dispatch its owner. Luckily, before any of…
  • Review: Tactical Tomahawk

    We all have it: an innate attraction to cool new things. Some folks get excited by cars, some by gadgets, some by clothes. What excites me, more than other material objects, are edged weapons—knives, spears, swords, that…
  • Review: DeLaine & Co. Ski Sweater

    Style matters. In life, and in skiing. And everyone knows that classics never go out of style. Take the Delaine & Co. Merino Ski Sweater. The clean lines and simple design will take you back a few decades, when skiing…
  • Review: Ibex Glove Liner

    Good liners can make or break a cold day outside, and with its warm merino wool and snug fit, the Ibex Glove Liner has made several of mine. The touchscreen-friendly thumb and index finger allowed me to manipulate my GPS on…
  • Review: Hexa Custom Down Jacket

    Ever have trouble finding the perfect fit in a winter coat? If so, check out Hexa Custom, which allows you to completely tailor a jacket to fit your preferences. You can customize a windbreaker, rain jacket, vest, or puffy…
  • Review: Petzl Irvis Hybrid

    Locked and loaded. That’s exactly what I felt when I strapped on a set of Petzl’s Irvis Hybrid. These crampons are designed for ski mountaineering or approaches involving a lot of snow. With 10 razor-sharp points, the Irvis…
  • Review: OR Bitterblaze Gloves

    Ski gloves, climbing gloves, hunting gloves, work gloves... outdoor apparel is nothing if not specialized. Which is why the Outdoor Research Bitterblaze Aerogel Gloves are such a delight—they're designed for ice climbing,…
  • Review: Minus33 Fingerless Gloves

    Fingerless gloves are great—or at least they should be. How many times have you bought a pair and been disappointed by a poor fit or lack of warmth? Rest assured, you won't find these or any other deficiencies in the Minus…