Best of Base and Midlayers: Helly Hansen Review

Helly Hansen has done it again, offering some of the best base and midlayer apparel I’ve tried.

Midlayer- Ullr Jacket

It’s Ullr Midlayer Jacket, a mid-layer zip-up jacket with a hood, is a spectacular addition to mid-layers ideal for … Continue reading

Refrigiwear Puffer Jacket and Hood Base Layer Review

It’s not often that a company downplays its products, but Refrigiwear is the exception to that rule. I’ve been testing out its horizontal puffer jacket and hooded base layer pullover, and they’ve been impressive so far.

The jacket is a … Continue reading

Let Good Times Roll with I/O Merino

Escape to the trails; unleash the road to guide your being where you will. The Cars rock “Let the good times roll.” I/O Merino soothes your soul.

Wrapping you in confidence, making you FEEL so good, you can … Continue reading

Gear Review: Wear Bamboo with the Bambool Thermics Baselayer

The name Bambool Thermics sums up the new company’s products rather tidily.  Bambool Thermics uses a mix of 68% bamboo, 27% merino wool, and 5% spandex in its baselayers that were designed by a husband and wife team based in … Continue reading

The Product That Changed My Life

While strolling the floors of the SIA Snow Show in Denver–for the 11th year–I find it challenging to discover a product that impresses me. It’s hard to admit, but it’s true. Sure, there are the snowshoes, the trekking poles and … Continue reading

Gear Review: SportHill Women’s XC 3SP Zip Top

Sporthill was developed by a professional runner who needed training duds that could perform in Oregon’s cool, wet climate. He eventually created the brand’s famous 3SP technology claims to be “the fastest drying fabric in the world” and “ounce for … Continue reading

Women’s Gear Roundup: Nobis, KAVU and High Sierra

It’s eight degrees in the Colorado Rockies backcountry. The sun is nowhere to be found, nor is there an indication whether it’s noon or midnight. A sky full of haunting gray clouds stare down as the wind bellows through the … Continue reading

Gear Review: SportHill Saga II 3SP Women’s Tight

Saga Tight

Twice a week throughout the year (minus mud seasons), a local group of runners and hikers rise with the sun to hit the steep on Vail Mountain in Colorado. Ellen Miller, accomplished mountaineer and endurance coach, leads the sessions out … Continue reading

Gear Review: TASC Performance Base Layers and Elevate Fleece Hoodie

Anyone who spends enough time outside knows the importance of a good layering system. What you elect to use as your base, mid, and outer layers can easily make the difference between a fun day playing in the snow and … Continue reading

Stio’s Merino Wool Hoodie May Be the Best Midlayer Ever

When I began wearing my Merino wool hoodie by Stio, I didn’t have to be convinced of the value of Merino wool.  I already knew that Merino wool makes the best inner layer and probably the best “non-jacket” midlayer.

Wool … Continue reading

Werk It Out, Ladies!

Call them flashy, funky or fun….Eagle Rock Werkshop high-performance fitness leggings will make your bottom half look hotter than hot.

Werkshop leggings are like wearing art as a second skin. Never before has the fitness-wear industry produced a product this … Continue reading

Gear Review: BloqUV 24/7

24/7 Jay Mtn

I was pleasantly surprised when I took my new BloqUV 24/7 long-sleeved shirt on a recent nine-day backpacking trip. BloqUV touts its clothing’s design for activities like boating, golf, tennis, and swimming, so I was doubtful of the shirt’s utility … Continue reading