Smith Optics deserves very high praise for the Vantage. We know of no helmet on the market that has a better set of features.
Helly Hansen’s Legendary pants are relatively inexpensive and pretty warm, but there are some fabric issues we need to talk about.
Blister’s Iris Neary updates her review of the CAMP Pulse, one of the few combo climbing/skiing helmets on the market.
UPDATE: With more time in the M2, we can still say that Anon has combined awesome optics with great engineering to create the easiest-to-use interchangeable goggle we’ve ever tested.
If you’re looking for a breathable, warm, lightweight shell with some great features, the Odin Mountain deserves your attention.
Hoodies rule. (So do elbow patches.) And the Mountain Equipment Dark Days Hooded Jacket rules in the *Very Warm Hoody* category.
“The Pret Effect is a well-designed, comfortable helmet that has a variety of smart features—including innovative magnetic buckles. I think it’s one of the best helmets I’ve used.”
Warm, lightweight, durable. For reviewer Julia Van Raalte, those three words pretty much sum up the Verglas Hooded Down Insulator.
The Verglas is a tough hardshell, well suited for colder weather resort and backcountry skiing.
Dakine is entering the outerwear arena, and the Shifter is their first 3-layer pant. We put it to the test.
The POC Fornix Backcountry MIPS is comfortable and light, and it has the MIPS system which may provide some extra protection in an oblique, rotating fall.
The Dakine Kaitlin is a stylish, practical piece of outerwear for resort skiers and snowboarders.
These classic aviator style shades from Maui Jim come with exceptionally durable, high-quality lenses.
If you’re looking for a pair of sunglasses with exceptionally good lenses, the Maui Jim Blue Water should be on your list.
Patagonia’s Super Cell is a lightweight, affordable hard shell designed with alpine climbing in mind. It also comes with Patagonia’s “Ironclad Guarantee,” which as you’ll see, is a “feature” that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Blister reviewer Iris Neary takes a first look at the CAMP Pulse, one of the few combo climbing/skiing helmets on the market.
In our third review of “super breathable” hardshell jackets, the Rab Viper earns big points for its extremely attractive price.
“Is the Westcomb Switch LT Hoody the most breathable hard shell I’ve ever worn? Absolutely.”
Over the next few days, we’ll be posting reviews of 3 hard shell jackets that use cutting edge membrane technologies to increase breathability. First up, the Arc’teryx Beta FL.
Spring / warmer weather gloves are tricky. They need to be breathable enough to handle heat, waterproof enough to handle slush, and warm enough to handle bouts of colder temps. The Dakine Annie Boulanger Team Targa accomplishes all of the above.