Gregory 2016 Everyday Collection

Gregory 2016 Everyday Collection

Some really exciting stuff coming out of Gregory Mountain Products right now. I’ve been helping as they plan their first push into the US lifestyle market, and everything I have seen has been really, really impressive. The huge advantage Gregory has over upstart lifestyle brands is history — not just from a marketing sense, but...
How To: Lighten Your Touring Setup

How To: Lighten Your Touring Setup

Yet another “How To” article on Backcountry.com, this one concerning the bane of all out-of-shape backcountry skiers: heavy gear. While the tone of this piece is definitely sales-centered, I can testify personally to the effectiveness of a tech binding setup for touring. Tech bindings make a huge difference on the...
TREW Gear Winter 2014/2015 Catalog

TREW Gear Winter 2014/2015 Catalog

  Latest installment of the best outerwear in the industry, TREW. The new additions are some of the top items on my wish list, especially the Jackorak (calling dibs on the olive green right now). Sorry, but you can’t touch until September. Then again, neither can I…  
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Scotch Review #1: Ardbeg Uigeadail

Scotch Review #1: Ardbeg Uigeadail

The first time I tasted Islay’s “ultimate single malt,” Ardbeg Uigeadail, was at a party in Salt Lake sometime in the winter or fall, maybe Halloween. A friend brought me into the kitchen and furtively revealed a dark green bottle hidden under his jacket. You need to try this, he said. OK, I said. I...
So on trend: L.L. Bean 6-inch Bean Boots

So on trend: L.L. Bean 6-inch Bean Boots

  I was raised on Bean Boots back when they were still called Maine Hunting Shoes, and they’ve been a staple asset in my closet since Umbros, Sambas, and Clearly Canadian. Until recently, I had two pairs: the ten-inch boots with Thinsulate in the lowers, and the unlined, low-top mocs that we call “duck shoes”...
Enduro Magazine's Suspension Tuning Guide

Enduro Magazine’s Suspension Tuning Guide

  Probably the best, clearest guide to fork setup I’ve seen yet. Tune It Up: How to adjust your Front Suspension
Review: Snap-E-Tom Tomato & Chile Cocktail

Review: Snap-E-Tom Tomato & Chile Cocktail

“Out West, there’s a legendary character no taller than a horse’s belly. They call him SNAP-E-TOM.” If that doesn’t make you want to try some, nothing else I say is going to matter. It’s the first line on the back label of a can of Snap-E-Tom, and I guess it’s meant to pitch the green-chile-spiced...
Review: One Industries Vapor G-Ripper Gloves

Review: One Industries Vapor G-Ripper Gloves

I don’t know what happened, but at some point someone decided mountain bike gloves should stop having adequate ventilation in the palms. Here in Utah, 90 degrees is standard issue all summer long (but it’s a dry heat!), and zero ventilation is a recipe for glove stank, clammy hands, and blisters. For years, I wore the...
Review: Filson Shooting Jacket

Review: Filson Shooting Jacket

The new Shooting Jacket from Filson has the right combination of features, fabric, and fit, and a legendary American brand standing behind it.   
Review: 'Igorded' Custom Benchmade Griptilian Scales

Review: ‘Igorded’ Custom Benchmade Griptilian Scales

The Benchmade Griptilian would be an ideal everyday carry knife, if it weren’t for one glaring issue. Are you ready to dive into knife nerd territory? 
Review: Capresso Infinity Die-Cast Burr Grinder

Review: Capresso Infinity Die-Cast Burr Grinder

I’m trying to cut down on the length of my reviews, to give you a more concise reading experience and a faster result. It’s hard for me not to be verbose, but here goes: WHAT’S A BURR GRINDER?
TREW Gear 2015 Collection

TREW Gear 2015 Collection

My good friends at TREW went through a radical transition this season, going from being a vendor–supplying brick-and-mortar and online retailers–to an online-only direct sales model that offers better value to the customer.  
Gregory Mountain Products - Spring 2016

Gregory Mountain Products – Spring 2016

I finally received a copy of the newest Gregory catalog, and just like every one we’ve done before it turned out superbly. I’m really excited about the redesign of the Ventilated packs, and can’t wait to see all of this incredible gear in person.
Review - Time ATAC MX4 pedals

Review – Time ATAC MX4 pedals

I’ve been a huge fan of Time’s ATAC pedals since I put a pair of them on my first “real” mountain bike back in 2002. They still are the most reliable, smoothest-engaging, smoothest-releasing, clog-free pedals I have ever used. How does the new generation compare?
Review - The North Face Fuse Mountain Jacket

Review – The North Face Fuse Mountain Jacket

Being a juggernaut in the outdoor apparel industry has benefits. The North Face is the biggest name in technical outerwear, and while the thousands of Denali fleeces swarming college campuses have led to a reputation for being “soft” in the outdoor market, they generate the capital needed to research and develop new technology, some of which is pretty...