Gear Reviews

I am passionate about testing gear and clothing designed for all aspects of playing in the mountains!


Black Diamond Vapor Climbing Helmet

Ortovox Avalanche Beacons

Locking Carabiners

Hydroflask Water Bottles, Food Flasks, Coffee Tumblers

Petzl Leopard LLF Crampons

AeroPress Coffee Maker and MSR WindBurner Stove (submitted 9/28/17)

CAMP Cassin X-Dream Ixe Axes (submitted 9/6/17)

Petzl 2017 Sirocco Climbing Helmet (submitted 7/12/17)

Petzl GriGri+ Belay Device (submitted 5/18/17)

Climbing Skins (submitted 4/25/17)

Ortovox Pro Alu Shovel & Pocket Spike (submitted 3/14/17)

Petzl & Black Diamond Ice Screws Comparison (submitted 1/12/17)

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


Hyperlite Mountain Gear “The Shell”

Patagonia Fitz Roy Down Parka

NW Alpine Black Spider Hoody (submitted 10/11/18)

Kailas 9A Climbing Pants (submitted 9/12/2018)

Black Diamond Alpine Softshell Pants (submitted 9/4/2017)

Black Diamond Alpenglow Sun Hoody (submitted 5/8/17)

Black Diamond Helio Alpine Shell (submitted 1/26/17)

Big Agnes Dunkley Belay Jacket (submitted 1/11/17)

LaSportiva Castle Pant (submitted 12/27/17)

Black Diamond First Light Hoody (submitted 12/5/17)

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


Dakine Fall Line Roller Ski Bag

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


Arcteryx Acrux AR Mountaineering Boots (submitted 2/21/17)

LaSportiva Trango Cube GTX Mountaineering Boots (submitted 11/28/17)

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)


La Sportiva Tech Gloves (submitted (2/9/17)

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)

Food: (submitted 3/6/17)

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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