Gear Review: Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition HD Action Camera

Ah, the classic Polaroid camera. First introduced in the 1940s, the company’s iconic, instant-print cameras were a ubiquitous part of American life for generations, until the product was discontinued in 2007, complete with the square prints, the multi-use flashbulb “bars” … Continue reading

Gear Review: Soldier 7800mAh Power Bank

When it comes to “should-you-or-shouldn’t-you?” regarding to the use of electronic devices in the backcountry, the debate is still open. Some argue that the conveniences of modern life – whether that list includes cell phones, tablet devices, or even portable … Continue reading

The Traveling Snowshoer: CINQ Enhances On-the-Go Productivity

Every active snowshoer has to admit, there’s a full-time job waiting back at home and an office that has projects galore waiting to be completed. That’s our reality. We all have work to do. But for the computer user, true … Continue reading

Gear Review: SnowLizard SLXTREME 5 Case for the iPhone5

Winter weather is brutal on any smartphone, but it looks like SnowLizard might have the answer to your troubles: the SLXTREME 5 case for the iPhone 5.

I know I had enough trouble keeping my iPhone out of trouble when … Continue reading

Gear Review: NOAA Snow Forecast App for iPhone and Android

The phrase “there’s an app for that” has become far more interesting with the NOAA Snow Forecast app for the iPhone and Android smartphones.

It’s a “simple yet powerful app that tells you how much it’s going to snow in … Continue reading

Under the Arch: FootBalance QuickFit Footbed Review

Your poor, tireless feet. They’ve suffered at the helm of flimsy footbeds for far too long. You know the kind: the ones that come standard in any boot or shoe. A thin piece of foam is practically all that separates … Continue reading

Block and Tackle: A Snowshoer’s Guide to Apple iPhone 5 Protection

After purchasing an Apple iPhone 5, my first order of business was to figure out how to protect my new investment. Knowing how abusive I am with my cell phones—R.I.P., my past five BlackBerries—I had to immediately act on … Continue reading

MobileLite Wireless for the Mobile Snowshoer

If you’re addicted to your smart phone to the point where it needs to be surgically removed, even while snowshoeing in the back 40, you’re going to love the Kingston MobileLite Wireless.

The company may be most familiar as a … Continue reading

Pocketmonkey Saves the Day!

“I want one” is more than a motto for the new Pocketmonkey tool by Zootility tools. It’s a promise.

All you need to do is look at the website to figure out that no-brainer, much less actually trying one. Just … Continue reading

The Hydration Gamble: Review of the Hydrapak E-Lite Vest from an Ultrarunner’s Perspective

Every ultrarunner knows that the secret to survivin’

is knowin’ when to eat something and knowing when to drink.

Cause every race’s a winner and every race’s a loser,

And the best that you can hope for is to finish Continue reading

A Balaclava for the Arctic of Arctics

The ColdAvenger isn’t perfect, but by God it’s a big help when the temperature plunges past the -30C mark.

I had a chance to use the ColdAvenger Balaclava combo extensively this winter while spending time in Canada’s Arctic Circle. Since … Continue reading

Elite Barriers for Fleet Snowshoers: Pearl Izumi Feet Snow Covers

Completing the Tuscobia Winter Ultras on snowshoes—their shortest option, 35 miles—taught me a good lesson: throw away my shoe covers, start over. I chose Pearl Izumi’s Elite Barrier Shoe Covers.

Ostensibly for bikes, the cover works perfectly for a snowshoer … Continue reading