Dragon Alliance APX

, March 11, 2012

In the eyes of a number of adventure’s premium goggle brands, bigger is always better. To them, wider lenses, fatter frames and substantial straps are more than just effective branding. This season, Dragon Alliance have reassessed this paradigm, releasing in their APX goggle and a new perspective that has reigned supreme across the northern hemisphere since December.

Patagonia Primo Down Jacket

, February 28, 2012

Every season a series of ‘must get’ products emerge from the looms of the top adventure brands around the world. This winter, Patagonia has placed a major focus on its new line of breathable and waterproof shells, teaming up Gore-Tex to ensure that the quality of their garments stay at the top-end of adventure apparel and manufacturing ethics.

Arc’teryx Birds Nest Project

, February 17, 2012

As Canada’s third largest city, Vancouver has a problem that often goes unreported – homelessness. At the end of January, I made a pilgrimage to the headquarters and Arc’teryx in the city while I was in town waiting for the bus to Whistler. Though my visit saw me head straight to the factory store and mega discounts, I was also able to learn more about what the brand is doing to alleviate the daily trials of the homeless.

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, U.K.

, February 13, 2012

If you’re one of those video addicts who spends hours wandering through YouTube and Vimeo looking for adventure films, momentous soundtracks, the 2012 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival is your fix.

Polarmax PMX Hoodie

, February 10, 2012

Last season we reviewed Sweet Protection’s unique, full-body Saviour Suit, setting a high standard for our future baselayer evaluations. At the beginning of this season I started doing some research to find other baselayers that made similar claims of performance excellence, deciding upon US-based Polarmax, an environmentally conscious brand with some neat threads to match.

Orage Baselayers

, January 30, 2012

Perhaps my second testing of Orage’s products was more conventional. After a handful of nights in my comfy cacoon, I took the baselayers to Whistler, B.C. to take them through a more rigorous testing over glaciers, through trees and comfy pillows of more powdered constitution. The conditions in Whistler during my visit were mixed. While rain fell hard on the lower slopes, howling winds on the Blackcomb Glacier dragged the wind chill well down below -5° Celsius.

1% for the Planet

, January 6, 2012

1% for the planet takes one percent of sales from its member companies and distributes this in the form of grants to environmental groups.

Clif Bar

, December 26, 2011

The history of humankind is punctuated by extraordinary revelatory moments, the birth of great ideas and outstanding achievements. Moses’ parting of the Red Sea in the Exodus across Egypt, Newton’s apple moment and Aron Ralston’s 127 hours are all examples of iconic changes in the history of our species. For Gary Erikson, a 175-mile bicycle ride in 1990 and the onset of exhaustion forced him to accept that his six energy bars just weren’t effective enough. Taking to the kitchen, Erikson began making his own recipes, eventually settling with a combination that lead to the founding of CLIF Bar in 1992.

Polartec Challenge Grants 2012

, October 24, 2011

Polartec, known for its outdoor gear designed for extreme conditions, has for the past twenty years supported hundreds of adventurous outdoor expeditions. This they have done by providing grants through their international programme, Polartec® Challenge. Applications for these prestigious grants are now open for 2012.

Trek & Raft South Sudan

, October 18, 2011

Secret Compass are a young tour operator that pioneer expeditionary trips around the world. With 2012 departure dates set for trips to Mexico, South Sudan, Afganistan, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, founders Levison Wood and Tom Bodkin are working on new itineraries in Madagascar, the Congo, Argentina, Iraq and Brazil. As such as young company, Secret Compass are in a great position to refresh adventure touring and create demanding adventures with team action. One of Secret Compass’ focuses is to find trips that have a historical relevance, particularly within exploratory myths. Their tour in South Sudan follows the footsteps of one famous explorer, Samuel Baker.

Summer 2011 Whitewater Edits

, October 17, 2011

Here are some edits from this summer’s whitewater exploits – enjoy. 2011 Whitewater Grand Prix by Tribe Rider MF Nooksack Canyon by The Bomb Flow Riders of the Year  II … Read more

Road Cycling Napa, California

, October 8, 2011

In August, I linked up with a group of Clif Bar employees on a fundraising ride for their Climate Ride California. After meeting at the Clif-owned Velo Vino tasting room in St. … Read more

Film review: All.I.Can

, October 7, 2011

Thursday night saw the London premiere of All.I.Can, a film by Sherpas Cinema and sponsored by Arc’teryx and a number of other adventure brands. The film has been two years in the making and is now midway through its worldwide tour. Claimed by ESPN to be ‘The best movie in skiing,’ All.I.Can could be well worth the watch this season.

Great Scottish Swim

, October 3, 2011

The final Great Swim Series event of the year took place on a beautifully sunny September day in Strathclyde National Park. Scotland’s usual cold weather kindly abated for the weekend, making for a spectacular swim and an enjoyable day for the nearly 2,000 participants and their supporters.

Introducing Movescount: Training Software from Suunto

, August 26, 2011

As technology takes a greater hold on the way we run our lives, it’s no surprise that adventure brands are jumping on the digital band wagon to enhance user experience. To bring their adventure software in line with established platforms from other watch manufacturers, Suunto released Movescount, their version of performance tracking. As well as updating training data features, Suunto introduced a neat social networking element to enhance the Movescount product. Here I’ll outline some of the key features, and guide you through the process of setting up an account.