Haglöfs LIM Essens Down Jacket

The model reviewed in this article is the very first Essens model and is difficult to find in stock anywhere as Haglöfs has released several newer models, so the specs and features mentioned may differ from the newer models. Haglöfs described this jacket as following: "The L.I.M Essens Jacket is our premier down jacket when … Continue reading Haglöfs LIM Essens Down Jacket

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Montbell U.L. Thermawrap Parka

Montbell is a Japanese brand which was founded by Isamu Tatsuno, a mountaineer, kayaker and an all-round outdoorsman, in 1975. I first heard of the brand Montbell many years back, but with the bigger and more famous (at least in Europe) brands such as The North Face, Fjellräven and Arc´teryx dominating the market I had … Continue reading Montbell U.L. Thermawrap Parka

Petzl Leopard crampons

"Agile, tought, and razor sharp. Snow is its natural habitat,"that is what Petzl announces in their informative video about their Leopard crampons, after having spent quite some time with this product on our feet we most certainly agree to that statement. Specifications Number of points: 10 Boot sizes: 36-46 Certification(s): CE EN 893, UIAA Material(s): … Continue reading Petzl Leopard crampons

Mountain Equipment Kryos sleeping bag

Traversing the Nepali Himalayas in winter meant we were in for some really rough stretches where we would be at the end of our wits as fatigue struck us hard. In an expedition such as this it becomes imperative that we get a decent nights sleep to regain some strength. We would also encounter some … Continue reading Mountain Equipment Kryos sleeping bag

Montbell Torrent Flier jacket

Seeing that we would most likely face quite some torrential rain while trekking at the end of the monsoon season in Nepal I was looking for a jacket that would be able to keep me dry, yet not add too much weight to my pack. Weighing in at a mere 243 grams while still offering … Continue reading Montbell Torrent Flier jacket

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Large and ProLite Plus Regular

NeoAir X-Lite Large After spending approximately 7 months sleeping in a tent I have gained a new appreciation for beds, to quote Eef, " I love beds and sheets and pillows". Nonetheless, I must say that if I can't sleep in a bed my second choice would definitely be the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite sleeping mattress. … Continue reading Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Large and ProLite Plus Regular

Norrøna Bitihorn dri1 jacket

As New Zealand is notorious for its heavy and consistent rainfall we thought that not even the sturdiest of rain gear would keep us dry. Nonetheless, with the promise of excellent waterproofness, breathability combined with its low weight and small pack size we went for the Norrøna Bitihorn dri1 jackets. Specs The Bitihorn dri1 is … Continue reading Norrøna Bitihorn dri1 jacket

Ahnu Coburn hiking boots

These boots were purchased in Palmerston North. There I found myself in dire need of new boots before entering the first serious mountain range - the Tararuas. I read a few reviews praising their grip, support, protection etc. After having tried them on I felt that they would do the job well. Boot Specs. Upper: … Continue reading Ahnu Coburn hiking boots

Salewa Men’s Mtn Trainer Mid GTX Boots

After having destroyed my feet in the Ahnu Coburn boots I was determined to find a boot that would give my feet the support, love and care that they desperately needed. What I found was the Salewa Mtn Trainer Mid GTX. Boot Specs Upper: 1.6 - 1.8 mm suede leather Insole: nylon, mid - stiff … Continue reading Salewa Men’s Mtn Trainer Mid GTX Boots