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How to Choose a Base Layer

The basics of base layers – what they do and how to choose the right one for you.
Tech

The North Face Thermoball Pro

With an improved quilting system to reduce cold spots and superior finishing and inner fabric, the Thermoball Pro is a top of the range lightweight synthetic insulated jacket.
Tips

The Barrabes Outdoor Layering Guide

Base, mid and outer layers—an introduction to how to layer your clothing properly in order to stay dry and warm outdoors
Tips

How to Pack for a Day Hike

We normally have a better idea of what and how to pack in a backpack for a several day journey rather than for a single day. In light of not having to spend the night, most people decide to take very little water, food and maybe some warm clothing.
Tips

How to Understand the Arc’Teryx Naming Scheme

A quick guide on what the names of the Arc'Teryx models (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, AR, LT, SV, etc.) mean and how to choose the perfect garment for you
Tips

How to Choose a Hydration System for Trail Running

Introduction to the different hydration systems available in the market, the pros and cons of each, and how to choose the best one for your next trail race or training session
Tech

The North Face Apex Flex GTX 2.0

The Apex Flex combines Gore-Tex® protection with soft shell flexibility for ultimate versatility in unpredictable conditions.
Tips

Guide to choosing hiking boots

Questions about finding the right hiking and trekking footwear? Let us help.
Tips

How to Choose Alpine Skis

Basic ski design concepts and factors to consider in order to find the alpine right skis for you
Tech

Video: Down vs. Synthetic Insulation—Which is Better?

The Pros and Cons of Each Type of Insulation for Outdoor Clothing
Product Reviews

Video: Ventrix Jacket, The North Face. Adjustable heat?

The Ventrix system, by The North Face provides self-regulation of heat depending on whether we are stationary or active.
Tech

Patagonia Fair Trade program; for fair production

Patagonia’s environmental program incorporates a Fair Trade Certified program that benefits its employees.
Reports

Mont Blanc, 4,808 m. Four routes up the highest peak in the Alps. Climbing guide

The highest peak in the Alps is a challenge that attracts every mountain climber at least once.
Product Reviews

Grivel’s Twin Gate Carabiners: Locking safety and an easy-to-use system in a single carabiner?

Grivel's Twin Gate system aims to combine ease of use with the safety of a locking carabiner.
News

Voluntary Recall Announcement - Arc’teryx 2016 Procline Boots

12 April 2017 - 0
Arc’teryx equipment is voluntarily recalling Procline boots due to fall hazard.
Product Reviews

The Edelrid OHM: Safety for Climbing Partners with a Big Weight Difference

Edelrid presents a solution to the safety issues of climbing partners with anywhere from a 10 to 40 kg (22 to 88 lb) weight difference.
Tips

What to Wear for Trail Running and Mountain Races

One might think –particularly those who join the mountain-racing world from a non-mountain background like running– that trail-running clothes are pretty much the same as those worn for urban races.
Product Reviews

New trail-running shoes Norvan VT, by Arc’teryx

The Canadian brand makes a grand entrance in the mountain race world.
Product Reviews

Petzl GriGri +

If you’re a climber of any kind there’s probably no need to introduce Petzl’s GriGri belay system.
Tech

Michelin soles for Mizuno trail running shoes

The Japanese brand decided to leverage Michelin’s experience into the manufacturing of its soles.
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