Gear Review: Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight First Aid Kits

It should go without saying that a well-stocked first aid kit is an absolute must for every trip into the backcountry. Winter or summer, you can never be sure what will happen out there, and the mantra of every outdoor … Continue reading

Post-holiday Outdoor Gear Essentials for Snowshoers

So, what gear made it into the backpacks of our gear reviewers after the holiday gift-giving surge? From traction gear to emergency gear, Snowshoe Magazine has a few recommendations from our reviewers and some readers.

STABILicers Original –

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Gear Review: SteriPEN Adventurer Opti with Solar Charging Case

I've always been a big supporter of MSR's water filtration products.  In fact, I still own and use an older model from the 90s.  And it works great!  But what I've been suggesting to fellow snowshoers and hikers is to use the SteriPEN in conjunction with a filtration system – especially on long backcountry trips. 

Battling the Arctic Air: ColdAvenger Expedition Balaclava

Snowshoeing and other winter sports invite millions of people every year into the snow-covered backcountry.  But a trip on the trail during cold, extreme conditions can come to an end quickly.  For example, prolonged inhalation of cold air can cause damage to the lungs and a person's general health.  It can be painful in the immediate and lung-scarring in the long term.  To help combat this phenomenon – and to relieve a person's noggin from the discomforts of the cold – Talus Outdoor Technologies has developed the ColdAvenger Expedition Balaclava.  The Balaclava has received a permanent place in my “ready at all times” snowshoeing backpack.  Indeed, I never leave home without it. 

ColdAvenger Expedition Balaclava

Perfect for snowshoeing, skiing and just about every winter sport. The ColdAvenger Expedition Balaclava protects the entire head from cold weather, sun and wind. It includes an integrated fully removable ColdAvenger ventilator, which is perfect for people with cold weather-induced … Continue reading

ColdAvenger Pro: Warming the Air You Breathe

If you're not into freezing body parts and/or you have trouble breathing in winter's frigid air, Talus Outdoor Technologies has developed the ColdAvenger Pro facemask as a solution.

Energizer’s Ultimate Headlight Shines at Wild Duluth 100 km

Guess who I found is using the Energizer Ultimate Headlight, the one with the L.E.D.'s  . . . think speedy, and you will have a clue. Also, I discovered more proof this headlight is the Ultimate in headlights, beaming out like a Duluth ore ship.

Elemental Herbs Skin Products: Pure Protection from Winter Elements

I'm on the low-maintenance end of the skin care spectrum, but when I find a product that is pure and simple and keeps me protected from the elements I spend so much time in, I can forge an instant appreciation.

A Shark for the Dark: The Prism AA Quark Flashlight

Your tiny friend in the dark, this new addition from 4Sevens Lights continues their tradition of creative engineering -- at the speed of light, it seems -- pushing ingenious thought to the limit. See, they have this attachment . . .

A Honey from the Bunny: Energizer’s Ultimate Headlight

If you think only famous names in trail and snowshoe headlights make quality headlamps, and battery companies only manufacture batteries, you'll miss a gigantic leap in engineering and a hop to the front of the wearable headlight class by the Energizer Bunny's lithium LED entry. Why you need to know this is . . .

Gear Review: All Terrain WinterSport Skin Protectant/Sunscreen

It would be easy to jump right into the clichés when talking about All Terrain's WinterSport Skin Protectant/Suncreen. Peanut butter and jelly, peas and carrots, ebony and ivory… the fact is, this do-it-all winter skin cream really is more than the sum of its parts.

Gear Review: Zanagen Topical Performance and Recovery Creams

I first heard about a mysterious blue cream from the blogs of some of Canada's top runners who were impressed with how it helped them through the rigors of training.