1. Accessories, Apparel & Travel

    Man on the town!

    Everything but the undies...you can pick your own undies. We have so much gear and technical clothing that we don't usually show off the more casual side of our inventory. I pulled together a few shop favorites -- any one of which would be a great choice by itself -- into a "Man on the Town" ensemble. The main...
  2. Climbing

    Slacker at heart

    There's quite a few slackline kits out there on the market, but it sure is easy to piece one together yourself. You'll learn quite a bit during the process, and you'll save a few bucks on your setup too.       You can use an even simpler setup than shown here--if, that is, you have a team of people...
  3. Accessories & Travel

    Jet-set bug-out-bag

    Frequent travelers all have one thing in common: a favorite go-to travel pack for unexpected trips. Osprey has made a name for themselves with their backpacking packs (see our recent post on the Atmos AG packs), but more and more their expertise is going into luggage and clever carry on packs. Enter the Porter 30.     The Porter series has...
  4. Camping and Hiking

    Gettin' Clinical

    Mountain Hardwear Rep Jack Powell stopped by today for a clinic on new Spring '15 clothing and hardgoods. It's a cold one outside today, but we all braved the parking lot to get some hands on setting up the tents and talking specs. Who will smite the green beast!? Many warriors, no challengers.              ...
  5. Camping and Hiking

    New for Spring: Osprey Atmos 50 AG

    We've carried the Atmos and Aura packs since they came out back in 2007, and WOW have they come a long way. About the only similarities now are the suspended mesh backpanel and the main lid. Everything else has been redesigned from the ground up for a better fit and superior load carrying. Sizeable sleeping bag compartment Pictured in "Cinnabar Red...
  6. Accessories

    "Excuse me, where should I sit?"

    Sitting on a smooth rock or bare dirt is only comfortable for so long: two minutes tops. If you plan on spending a few hours lounging by the river, or watching the alpine sunset from your favorite mountain, you'll probably want a lil' something to soften the bumps and lumps. I browsed though our chairs and pads to see what...
  7. Accessories

    Ahem! Introducing the "Baladeo Damascus Laguiole Pocket Knife with Juniper Handle and Corkscrew"!

    What a mouthful! A grand name for our nicest knife. You've probably heard of Damascus steel -- famous throughout history for it's high quality and tough fine edge, and also for the hard-to-reproduce process that yielded a material unmatched until modern times. Although we'll never know exactly what steps ancient craftsmen took to refine the process, the modern equivalent is...
  8. Accessories

    Snow Peak: We all want it.

    If there's one brand we carry that exudes quality and elegant simplicity, it's Snow Peak. Most of us can only afford their double wall mugs. The lucky ones have a folding table. I'm fortunate enough to at least be able to try this stuff out and drool over it (I wiped it up, don't worry).   Pack & Carry Fireplace...
  9. Travel

    Osprey Cyber Port

    We have some neat commuter and student type packs from Osprey. I was pleasantly surprised today when I checked out the new "Cyber Port". There's a whole slew of features aimed at the tech crowd while still keeping in mind all the lessons learned building packs for 40 years. The result is a nicely streamlined pack with serious visual appeal...
  10. Camping and Hiking

    Summertime...let's check out a 0°F bag!

    Yeah, I know it's not the right time of year, but I received an email with questions about this bag and thought, "Hey, why not take some photos?". The Lithium and Helium are two of my absolute favorite bags. They're about as good as a Western Mountaineering bag, but Marmot actually goes on sale from time to time so it's...

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