For quite a few years now, we have been hearing about the revolutionary new aerogel insulation, first with the ultimately unsuccessful Champion Supersuit, then showing up in sleeping pads, water bottles, and other accessories a couple of years later. It now appears that aerogel might finally be ready for prime time with both Adidas and Peak Performance releasing Aerotherm aerogel insulation products this winter.
Believing that standard snowshoe design leaves much to be desired, Norwegian company Fimbulvetr (Old Norse for The Great Winter), set out to create a stronger, lighter, more durable, and ergonomic snowshoe from scratch. The result is a unique honeycomb rocker design that floats like a dream and acts like an extension of your foot, giving you more freedom of movement over all types of terrain.
Shark attacks appear to be on the rise in recent years. In Hawaii alone, the past year brought 13 reported shark attacks, a dramatic increase from the 3 or 4 attacks a year from 2009-2011. Australians are no strangers to dangerous sharks and believe they have come up with a shark deterrent technology that can reduce your chance of an attack when out on the water.
Since wool naturally resists odor, I end up wearing this long sleeve shirt much longer than I actually should between washes. But I just can't help it, as the shirt is so incredibly comfortable. Made from 220 gram, 100% merino wool, the Mountain Khakis Rendezvous Henley offers the ideal balance of warmth and light weight.
Although I developed a profound love of the outdoors in the 15 years since I started hiking and camping in earnest, I never slept well in a mummy bag. That is until now. The Exped Comfort 800 makes my backcountry nights so much more enjoyable. Rated down to 10°F, the Comfort 800 delivers in the warmth category. I spent numerous nights in this bag putting that rating to the test, with even a few nights where the mercury dipped into the single digits.