Our picks for the best gear of last year.
Prepare for the cold! We run done our picks for the best base layers around.
The Paddle Junkie crew spent 4 days wandering the halls of the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City to find the coolest gear released at the Outdoor Retailer trade show. This is what we found.
7 Guys, 6 Days, 150+ pieces of Gear... More fun than could be imagined.
Our top picks from all our reviews of 2011.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters
143 South Gunflint Lake
Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604
Monday, March 21, 2011
If you are in the market for a new Hiking pack, you simply MUST try out the new AC series from Granite Gear. Big props to a great company right here in our back yard, Two Harbors Minnesota.... Keep up the stellar work guys!
Friday, March 18, 2011
Your first thought when you hear the name Wolverine may be work boots, but that is just the beginning. Their line of outdoor footwear runs from Hunting to Hiking and does it all very well. I have been testing the Terrain Mids and I am sold. These waterproof mid cut boots provide a comfortable fit and gnarly traction that can handle whatever trail I throw at them. The nubuck and mesh construction provides excellent ventilation, but leave me a little concerned about long term durability.
In continuing their commitment to comfort Wolverine has released the new iCS or Individual Comfort System. Adjust the feel and level of support with the rotatable disc in the heal. Choose from 4 settings; increased inner support, increased outer support, firmer feel or extra cushion. So whether you need to make adjustments for your particular feet or today's outing, the iCS system has you covered. I absolutely love the fact that I can adjust the level of cushion; go from squishy comfy for the quick hike or ramp up the support for when I strap the 40 pound pack on.
All in all these are great hikers and the iCS system takes on-the-fly fit adjustment to all new levels. I expect Wolverine to continue to innovate within the outdoor footwear space, driven by their motto "Relentless by Nature".
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Fair Trade Federation, Laundromat strives to create quality product while ensuring the planet and all people involved are treated fairly.
These sweaters don't mess around. They are warm, bordering on HOT... Rugged wool lined with a velvety soft fleece make them incredibly sturdy and comfortable (no itchy makes me happy!) The construction is simply amazing, durability is not going to be an issue. The only drawback is, as with most natural wool, the three most dreaded words in laundry; DRY CLEAN ONLY...
These sweaters are going to be staples in my attire from October to April. Doubling as a Spring/Fall jacket and keeping me from freezing to death in the heart of the Winter.
MSRP: $145 to $150 depending on style...
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
What I have noticed more than anything else in these shoes is that I can wear them forever; 8 to 10 hours a day is no sweat. Plus, they just look cool. Stitching details and contrasting leathers make the aesthetics of these shoes stand out. Ahnu has successfully married urban street style with off-road technologies to create a shoe that can go anywhere and simply out perform the competition.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
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