Monthly Archives: August 2012

Gear Review: Loda Kody Mid GTX Junior Kids Boots

August 29, 2012  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , ,   |   Leave a comment

Lowa Kody Mid GTX Junior

Kids Boots
Lowa Kody Mid GTX Junior
$160, 1 lb. 11 oz. (size US 5/Euro 38)
Sizes: Euro 27-42
lowaboots.com

My 11-year-old son—who has tested at least one model of boots every year since he began backpacking at age five—pronounced these kid backpacking boots comfortable the moment he first put them on. He then went on to sing their praises through a weeklong, hut-to-hut trek in Norway’s Jotunheimen National Park, and a five-day, 38-mile backpacking trip in Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness. Continue reading →

Gear Review: CW-X Pro Shorts

August 24, 2012  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment

CW-X Pro Shorts

Trail Running Shorts

CW-X Pro Shorts
$72, 6 oz. (men’s small)
Sizes: men’s S-XL
cw-x.com

After numerous hilly trail runs in my local Boise Foothills—ranging from six miles to a 25.5-mile, 4,600-foot, seven-hour July morning trail run-hike—I’m completely sold on the physiological benefits of these compression running shorts. Even on that 25-miler (running about three-quarters of the distance, walking the rest), a distance that would typically leave my quads feeling very worked and bloated with lactic acid, I felt strong right to the finish. My recovery from that run was faster, too, with much less stiffness and residual fatigue than I’m accustomed to after that long an outing. Continue reading →

Gear Review: Hiking Shorts from GoLite and MontBell

August 24, 2012  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment

Hiking Shorts

GoLite Yunnan Shorts

GoLite Yunnan Hiking Shorts
$75, 6 oz. (men’s small)
Sizes: men’s S-XXL, women’s XS-XL
golite.com

Hot summer hiking is a breeze in these shorts. I wore them for five straight, hot August days backpacking with my family (read: sweating under a heavy pack) in Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness, and on summer dayhikes from Idaho to New Hampshire’s rugged and humid White Mountains. These shorts are cool and dry fast, thanks to mesh-lined hand pockets and a lighter, thinner nylon than is used in many other hiking shorts—perfect for summer hiking. Continue reading →

August 23, 2012 Honey Stinger Organic Lemon Waffle

Trail Food Review: Honey Stinger Organic Waffles

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Honey Stinger Organic Waffles

Trail Food
Honey Stinger Organic Waffles
$22 per box of 16 packets, 1 oz. per packet
Five flavors: honey, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and lemon
honeystinger.com

I’m admittedly a little behind the curve on this—these waffles have been on the market for a while. But I filled a zip-lock bag with them for a recent five-day backpacking trip with my wife, 11-year-old son, and nine-year-old daughter in Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness—and they became an instant backcountry staple food for my family. Continue reading →

Gear Review: MontBell EX Light Down Jacket

August 17, 2012  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment

MontBell EX Light Down Jacket

Ultralight Puffy
MontBell EX Light Down Jacket
$190, 5 oz. (men’s medium)
Sizes: men’s S-XXL, women’s S-XL
montbell.us

Don’t ask: How lightweight can a down jacket be and still keep you warm? Instead, reframe the question: How light a puffy do you want and how does it fit into your layering system? With sewn-through construction to prevent down from migrating, elastic cuffs to seal out drafts, and no hand pockets, this jacket stuffed with just 1.8 ounces of premium, 900-fill down feathers is no fat puffy. But it’s a very light stand-alone insulation piece for mild summer temperatures, or a versatile middle layer in a system that you can customize for a variety of outdoor activities in any season. Continue reading →

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