Gear Reviews

2nd Look: La Sportiva Solution

2nd Look: La Sportiva Solution

In our 2nd Look of the La Sportiva Solution, we examine its performance on boulders and steep sport climbs.

2015-2016 Coalition Snow Abyss

2015-2016 Coalition Snow Abyss

Coalition Snow is a new company designing skis by women, for women. So far, we’ve been very impressed by their powder ski, the Abyss.

Reviewers’ Rides – 2015

Reviewers’ Rides – 2015

When our reviewers aren’t out testing bikes, what do their own builds look like, and why? It’s reviewer Tom Collier’s turn.

2015-2016 Moment Tallac

2015-2016 Moment Tallac

The Moment Tallac is a purpose-built touring ski that won’t wear you out on the way up, while providing a solid ride on the way down.

Race Face Next SL Crankset

Race Face Next SL Crankset

The Race Face Next SL Crankset leads its class in weight, and delivers stiffness and durability to match.

Giro Feature MIPS Helmet

Giro Feature MIPS Helmet

Great safety features at a great value: the Giro Feature MIPS helmet comes MIPS equipped – and for less than 100 dollars.

Fly Racing Bike Apparel

Fly Racing Bike Apparel

Fly Racing’s Ripa Convert Jersey and Warpath Shorts offer simple functionality at a reasonable price.

Black Diamond Speed 30 Pack

Black Diamond Speed 30 Pack

If you want a well-featured, versatile alpine pack that won’t break the bank, check out the redesigned Black Diamond Speed 30.

Patagonia PowSlayer Jacket and Bibs

Patagonia PowSlayer Jacket and Bibs

The updated Patagonia PowSlayer kit might be some of the best freeride-oriented outerwear for resort and backcountry use.

2nd Look: Specialized Enduro FSR Expert Carbon 26

2nd Look: Specialized Enduro FSR Expert Carbon 26

The Specialized Enduro FSR Expert Carbon 26 is being replaced with a 27.5″ wheeled version, but the 26″ model is still worth consideration.

La Sportiva Spectre

La Sportiva Spectre

Update: the La Sportiva Spectre has stood as one of the most adjustable and best values in AT boots—and it’s been updated to provide a better fit.

Astral Brewess Water Shoe

Astral Brewess Water Shoe

With a low profile and excellent grip, the Astral Brewess is perfect for women who want a minimalist river shoe.

Ortovox SwissWool Light Tec Vest

Ortovox SwissWool Light Tec Vest

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly vest that uses wool for insulation, check out the Ortovox SwissWool Light Tec.

Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Shell

Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Shell

Black Diamond’s Dawn Patrol Shell is an impressively water-resistant and breathable soft shell that will make you second guess the need to always grab your hard shell.

Reviewers’ Rides – 2015

Reviewers’ Rides – 2015

When our reviewers aren’t out testing bikes, what do their own builds look like, and why?

Giro Terraduro

Giro Terraduro

The Giro Terraduro is a SPD-compatible, all-mountain shoe that pedals very well, though durability has been an issue.

Leatt 3DF Airflex Knee and Elbow Guards

Leatt 3DF Airflex Knee and Elbow Guards

Most pads are too hot or bulky to pedal in. The Leatt 3FD Airflex Knee and Elbow Guards challenge that assumption.

2015-2016 ON3P Jeffrey 114

2015-2016 ON3P Jeffrey 114

If you’re looking for a ski that will allow you to Trick or Charge, the ON3P Jeffrey 114 is as good as anything we’ve been on.

Magura MT5 Next Brakes

Magura MT5 Next Brakes

The MT5 delivers a tremendous amount of controllable power at a reasonable price for a high-end brake.

Mountain Hardware Women’s Hooded Phantom Down Jacket

Mountain Hardware Women’s Hooded Phantom Down Jacket

The Mountain Hardware Phantom Hooded Down Jacket will keep you very warm in cold and damp conditions.