Review Zone

I am passionate about testing gear and clothing designed for all aspects of playing in the mountains!  Click the image below to see all reviews in that category or scroll to the bottom for a complete list of all reviews!


Footwear Gear Reviews

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Backpack Gear Reviews

Backpack Gear Reviews


Clothing Gear Reviews

Clothing Gear Reviews

Climbing Gear

Climbing Gear Reviews

Climbing Gear Reviews


Glove Gear Reviews

Glove Gear Reviews



Petzl Sitta Harness (submitted 9/19/16)

Suunto MC-2 Compass (submitted 9/11/16)

DMM Dragon cams, Black Diamond C4 & Ultralight Comparison (submitted 9/1/16)

Petzl Hirundos Harness (submitted 8/24/16)

Petzl Connect Adjust (submitted 5/23/16)

VSSL Supplies Survival Gear Review (Submitted 11/23/16)

Colonial Knife “Blackie Collins” Model 102 (submitted 5/7/15, revised 5/11/15)

Ortovox Kodiak Shovel (submitted 2/4/14)

Petzl Sirocco Climbing Helmet

Brooks-Range LongNeck Pro T Shovel


Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody (submitted 11/15/16)

Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody (submitted 8/10/16)

Patagonia Men’s Sunshade Technical Hoody (submitted 5/12/16)

Patagonia Reconnaissance Jacket (submitted 2/24/16)

EMS® Men’s Feather Pack 800 DownTek™ Hooded Jacket (Submitted 11/6/2015)

Black Diamond Convergence Jacket (submitted 2/4/15)

Eastern Mountain Sports Helix Bib Pants


Patagonia Cragsmith 35L Backpack (submitted 7/28/16)

Petzl Bug Backpack (submitted 6/28/16)

Ortovox Trad 25 Backpack (submitted 5/27/16)

Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Ice Pack (submitted 2/4/16)

Patagonia SnowDrifter 30L Backpack (submitted 1/12/16)

Eastern Mountain Sports Prez Backpack

Eastern Mountain Sports Wintergreen Backpack


LaSportiva TX2 Approach Shoes (submitted 7/5/16)

La Sportiva Batura 2.0 GTX Mountaineering Boots Review (submitted 4/4/16)

Five Ten Guide Tennies (Submitted 10/19/2015)

Five Ten Camp Four Approach Shoes (submitted 11/2/2013)


Give’r Four Season Gloves (submitted 3/15/16)

Petzl Cordex Belay Gloves (submitted 8/24/15)

Outdoor Research Alibi II Gloves (submitted 1/16/15)

Kincos Gloves (submitted 11/24/14)



Outdoor Apps Part 2 (Submitted 10/26/2015)

Outdoor Apps Part 1 (submitted 10/12/15)

I am open to reviewing products that are specific to back-country skiing, ice climbing, rock climbing, and mountaineering, especially products I would use while guiding. If you are a manufacturer of something that you would like me to review please contact me using this form:

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