Gear Review: Columbia Millennium Blur Jacket and Pants

Mother Nature is an unpredictable force. Thank goodness we, as adventurers, can count on Columbia Sportswear Company to produce innovative, reliable gear year after year.  The Millennium Blur jacket and pants have kept me warm, dry and shielded through one … Continue reading

Gear Review: Columbia’s Whirlibird Interchange Jacket for Women

A few months ago I was contacted by Columbia Sportswear to see if I’d like to try some Omni-Heat Reflective clothing.  I didn’t have to think about this offer very long because my winter playground is the Canadian Rockies where … Continue reading

Gear Review: RailRiders WeatherTop Jacket

A pullover made of rugged and wind resistant Cordura reinforced Supplex ripstop nylon and incorporating adjustable manual ventilation.

Gear Review: Westcomb Focus LT Hoody

The first coat to be designed solely with eVent DVL, a unique fabric that is both waterproof and permeable, this coat stands alone atop the market as a sleek, high performance shell that is at home on any adventure you Continue reading

Four-Season Staple: Women’s Helly Hansen Challenger Jacket

At the risk of sounding cliché, the Helly Hansen women’s Challenger Jacket is always game for a challenge. Worn as a mid layer, worn as an outer layer, worn as an accomplice in nearly every mountain sport, this lightweight zip-up … Continue reading

Gear Review: Canada Goose, Canada Tested

You know all those stories you hear about Canada Goose and their products? Believe them.

I’ve had the chance to try out some “Goose” stuff this fall, including a Lodge Vest and a Hybridge Hoody… and all I can say … Continue reading

Gear Review: The Nobis Meredith Jacket for Women

“Embracing the conviction that trends may come and go, but style, function and quality, will remain forever timeless.”

Nobis certainly stayed true to their company philosophy with the Nobis Meredith outwear jacket for women. Categorized by Nobis as a “Ladies … Continue reading

Gear Review: The Nobis Meego Vest for Women

Nobis may not be the largest competitor in the market, but it has some big game in designing sophisticated cold-weather gear. The Meego is no exception, staying true to Nobis’ superior form.

This vest is not only chic, but also … Continue reading

Patagonia Women’s Torrentshell Stretch Jacket: Flexible, Stay-Dry Style

Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket

Remember the elementary school riddle, “What’s black and white and red/read all over?” A zebra with the measles? A newspaper? In my case, it’s my Patagonia Women’s Torrentshell Stretch Jacket, in maraschino, of course. Where does the “black and white” … Continue reading

Gear Review: Hi-Tec Wind River Jacket

It’s no stretch to say the Hi-tech Wind River Jacket is a near-perfect combination of comfort, practicality and style.

The jacket is a winning combination of softshell and fleece. That makes it (1) warm (2) comfortable and (3) practical. That’s … Continue reading

Gear Review: Hi-Tec Napier Ridge Parka

In a world where everyone living in a cold-weather climate tends to lust after a Canada Goose parka as the epitome of winter comfort, it’s good to see there’s still room for other options and a little individuality.

That’s where … Continue reading

Columbia Knows How to Put Power in a Down Jacket

Let’s just call it love at first sight. I hadn’t even put the jacket on when my heart skipped a beat. Everything about the Columbia Powerfly Down Jacket caught my attention and drew me in.

I’m all about image and … Continue reading