K2 Joy Driver Split Review
Joy is such a subjective thing. Finishing my season on K2’s Joy Driver cemented that in my mind. I had fun on the board, no doubt it would’ve been a hoot if I’d taken it for a spin in a well-groomed terrain park (though it’s a split) or even sessioned a backcountry booter. As spring  [...]
Venture Storm Splitboard Review
They call it Stormy Monday but Tuesday’s just as rad. Basically every day, every lap can be an adventure in burly charging on the Venture Storm. Having gotten a good couple months on this deck over one manic depressive Teton winter, I can say this is about the best split for hard riding, like, 80%  [...]
Black Diamond Expedition 3 Poles Review
My hands get cold. Like “Still can’t feel the tips a day later” cold. At first I thought it was just an issue of gloves. And yeah, it is an issue of gloves, and circulation. But there’s another reason you wouldn’t think about — poles with those hard rubber handles and below them metal, sucking  [...]
MSR Elixer 3 Tent with Footprint Review
Only when you’re sleeping in a cocoon of nylon and polyester do you realize how massive the world truly is. MSR’s Elixer 3 is about the best cocoon to help you explore a helluva lot more of it without breaking the bank or the back; just what you need, nothing extra. MSR Elixir 3 Tent  [...]
Heavy Green Book Review
Action sports athletes would make the most elite soldiers if it wasn’t for their anti-authoritarian  nature and dislike of conformity. Inherent love of risk and suffering, comfortability with the spectre of death and desire to push the body and mind to its limit are rare qualities found in top warriors and top extreme athletes. Sam  [...]
L.L. Bean Men’s Gore-Tex Patroller Jacket
L.L. Bean invented the duck boot, arguably one of the most iconic pieces of outerwear ever. Yet their reputation is for affordable casual recreation wear, for flannels and comfortable dress clothes and everything else for the average suburban workaday semi-active. But like Superman, this mild 9-7 existence hides a superhero, an unconquerable power hiding in  [...]
Mystery Ranch Patrol 35L Backpack Review
It’s funny, when a brand shows up on all the coconut telegrams, you think it’s some hot upstart that came out of the womb with guns blazing. But then you look into how a company like, say, Mystery Ranch has actually been around since 2000, working quietly and humbly on making the most perfect gear-luggers  [...]