Archive for 'Product Reviews'


Product Review – Sorel Women’s Alpha Pac

So excited to find a warm boot for winter. I was hesitant to buy Sorel’s as a friend of mine had two pairs that fell apart last year after almost no use, but another friend who has had hers for 12 years convinced me. These boots are rated for -60 degree temps, but am not [...]


Product Review – North Face Shellista Lace Boot

I own several different North Face products, from boots to fleece to a down sweater, tents and more and so I was excited to get my North Face Shellista Lace Boot in the mail, rated for temperatures down to -25 degrees. The boot itself is a great looking boot, with rubber footing to keep feet [...]

Good Guide Transparency Toolbar

For all you shoppers who want to know how green the products you’re buying really are, you have to check out Good Guide Transparency Toolbar. You can download the toolbar for Firefox and set your preferences based on what’s important to you, such as Organic, Nutrition, Fragrance-Free, Energy Efficiency, Climate Change, Labor and Human Rights, [...]


Product Review – Outdoor Research Mitts

Outdoor Research PL 400 Mitts. You know when you go into a retail store and you know you’re going to end up paying more money than you want to even though you know the product will last a long time and you really need it, but then suddenly you find exactly what you want and [...]


Product Review – Merrell Siren Sport for Women

Okay, so first I want to give a shout out to Merrell. I contacted them earlier this summer because my feet didn’t work in the Barefoot runners. I had used them for three weeks and Merrell agreed to take them back and give me credit for a new pair. The next pair I ordered, even [...]


Product Review – Soft Soles vs. Hard soles

The traditional hiking boot has a very stiff sole. The logic is that a stiff sole will help support the foot while stiff sides support the ankle. Soft soles such as can be found in running shoes and hiking sandals like Chacos allow fuller movement of the foot. As we learn more about how the [...]


Product Review – Marmot Women’s Strato Jacket

The Marmot Woman’s Strato Jacket rain jacket saved my life. I have worn it in snow storms over a fleece and down, in rainstorms where my friend got soaked and in light sprinkles. Not only does it keep the rain out, it also blocks the wind helping keep warmth in. The hood is adjustable and [...]


Product Review – Prana Monarch Convertible Pant

The Prana Monarch Convertible Pant is constructed of 97% Nylon/3% Spandex. The pant itself sits a little higher on my waist than I’m used to, but would still be considered a low waist for most. I bought them because having low-waisted pants with a pack ends up in the pants being edged down until your [...]


Product Review – Osprey Women’s Ariel 75

I bought this pack when I was leaving for Yosemite. The pack I had couldn’t fit half of what I needed, so I ran down to the local outdoor shop and they fitted me with the Osprey Ariel 75. The Osprey pack offers custom molding on the hip belt, although I’m not sure how much [...]

Product Review – Jet Boil

I used to rely on cooking meals the old fashioned way when camping. I collected downed wood and made a fire. If I couldn’t make a fire I ate dry food. When I planned on an extended camping trip, my friend urged me to get some sort of stove. He had a Jet Boil and [...]

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