Can Socks Be Shoes? The Swiss Protection Sock Review

swiss protection sock

On July 29th, 2015, the Swiss Barefoot Company asked for $10,000 to launch what it was calling “the world’s most minimalist footwear.” They called it the Swiss Protection Sock, and at the end of the campaign on September 6th they ...

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ThermalTech Announces World’s First Solar Powered Smart Fabric

Stay perfectly warm in cold temperatures without looking like a giant, walking marshmallow? We’re so in! ThermalTech is harnessing the power of the sun and artificial light to warm our bodies without the need for all the bulky insulation. ThermalTech ...

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RoguePak Cartridge Hydration System: Review


Hydration packs are awesome. What’s not awesome is coming home tired from a hike and forgetting to empty them for a week. Sometimes you open them up and it smells like Grandma’s basement. You know the smell I’m talking about. ...

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Mountain Hardwear Snowzilla Jacket Review

When I tell people where I’m from, I often get the response “I’ve never been – it’s too cold there.” Sure, the upper Midwest isn’t for the faint of heart. The 3 months of summertime are often overshadowed by the ...

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Gear of the Year Awards 2015: Mountain Hardwear Women’s Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket

Mountain Hardwear Women’s Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket

Down is an incredible insulator. It does a rock-star job of trapping heat, while being incredibly light. However, if down were a superhero it’s weakness would be water. Once it gets wet it’s useless for the rest of the day, ...

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Gear of the Year Awards 2015: La Sportiva Core High GTX

La Sportiva Core High GTX

No matter how hard companies try to make a breathable, fully-waterproof hiker, most fall short, and with good reason. To make something truly waterproof while keeping the boot breathable is almost counterintuitive. Breathability is allowing air to enter the boot. ...

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Gear of the Year Awards 2015: Leatherman Tread

Leatherman Tread

There are few names more common on lists of everyday carry gear than Leatherman, and it’s not hard to understand why. The brand has long been synonymous with quality, dependability and adaptability; yet not every situation calls for, or allows, ...

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Gear of the Year Awards 2015: Point6 Merino Wool Socks

Point6 Merino Wool Socks

Experienced outdoors folks of every flavor know a secret. One of the best pick-me-ups you can carry in your daypack is a dry pair of merino wool socks to change out at lunchtime. On a cold, wet day those socks ...

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Gear of the Year Awards 2015: Fjallraven Abisko Trouser

Fjallraven Abisko Trouser

These might be the last pair of pants you’ll ever need to buy. Fjallraven prides itself in extremely high quality and durable materials that will make your clothes last a very long time. These Abisko Trousers are their technical trekking ...

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Northside Frosty Snow Boot

Northside Frosty

We enlisted the youngest members of the 50 Campfires team to test these snow boots from Northside USA, and we loved the results after a full day of romping around in snow, muck and puddles. The durable nylon construction and ...

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