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07

Sep

2010

Boxer Briefs from Tilley Endurables, I/O Bio Merino and Polarmax review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Gearing up for a day on the trails on foot or a bike has you fretting over what to wear. Do you need a long or short-sleeved shirt? Any layering needed? Should you bring a rain jacket or pants?

Look at what’s under this – your underwear. It is common to leave the house with a pair of cotton skivvies for your outdoor excursions. Cotton is cool and comfortable but breathes little and slowly results in a sweat drenched pair of boxers. The excessive accumulation of unwanted sweat in your undies is called ‘swampass’ and can be as stinky as uncomfortable.

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17

Aug

2010

Icebreaker GT 150 SS Velocity Crewe review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Icebreaker GT 150 Velocity Crewe
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Natural fabrics are ‘in’ when it comes to outdoor apparel. Specialty cottons and Cocona are getting a lot of hype. Merino wool is neck-and-neck in popularity for good reason. It’s soft to the touch, breathable, and has antibacterial qualities.

Icebreaker has banked their existence on the use of Merino wool and is reaping the rewards in the sharp upswing of its popularity.  The Icebreaker GT 150 SS Velocity Crewe is touted for its airiness and rugged wear. The GT 150 SS Velocity Crewe features glove-like fit, raglan sleeves, a myriad of eyelets panels for venting, and flatlock seams.

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27

Jul

2010

Polarmax PMX TransDry Tee review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Cotton: The Fabric of Our Lives....That is the recognizable motto of Cotton Inc. Cotton is a rarely found fabric in the wardrobe of hardcore outdoor thrill-seekers. Lindsay Lohan has a better chance of maturing and admiting she is a screw-up before a cotton tee ends up on your back for a bump-filled thrill ride.

Cotton Inc. and Polarmax have formed a partnership to make cotton apparel more likely to be found in your backpack. Polarmax is promoting the first line of technical tees with TransDry, a cotton fabric touted for its wicking ability. TransDry is advertised as drying twice as fast as regular cotton.

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22

Jul

2010

Organic Cotton Tees from Adayak & Earth Creations review
Written by Jason Elliot   

cottonLiving the outdoor lifestyle is more than logging miles on backcountry trails and rolling along the network of rails-to-trails that connect point A to point B in your area. It is about the eco-friendly way you live along with what you buy and wear. Purchasing and wearing garments made from organic cotton extends your support of environmental efforts.

Organic cotton is touted for its more comfortable feel compared to conventional cotton. The agricultural process is completely natural and does not use chemicals on the soil or plants. The natural process reduces health risks of the workers that grow and harvest cotton crop. The agricultural process benefits the end consumer since their garment will be free of chemicals.

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18

Jul

2010

66 Degrees North Heidmork Pant review
Written by Jason Elliot   
66 Degrees North Heidmork Pants
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Your mercilessly beeping alarm clock is only rivaled in volume by the rhythmic sound of rain and the whoosh of wind. It's time to rise, gear up and make your way to the trailhead. Though, should you go? The rain will give you a pre-bath but sure you go. The rain can't stop you getting some 'face time' with nature.

The 66 Degrees North Heidmork Pants are advertised for their performance in adverse conditions. The pants consist of polyurethane coated nylon and are touted as waterproof and breathable. The pants' design features articulated knees for a more rugged wear and taped seams. A pocket flanks each side of the Heidmork Pants and a drawstring is accessible to accommodate washboard abs to beer bellies.

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20

Jun

2010

Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Early summer mornings in the foothills always have a slight chill. You await the sun filled joy of the midday. A light jacket helps bridge that gap until the sun is high above you.

The Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody is touted to fill that void. The hoody has a nice feel when worn. Invista was tapped for its Cordura lycra which serves as the main fabric in the Ferrossi Hoody. Cordura has been around for decades and was a military brain child for use in service vehicle tires in World War II.

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07

Jun

2010

Chaos Adrenaline Multi-Tasker Pro & Mistral Bandana review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Whether it's Mammoth Mountain in California or Theredbo in Australia, keeping your mangy mug mildly warm is darn near mandatory. Without a tepid topper, your runs will be minimal and your frown long.

Chaos, a division of Do-Gree Fashions based in Montreal, offers the Adrenaline Multi-Tasker Pro and the Mistral Bandana as entrees for the warmth of your cranium. Both are part of the Chaos Thermal Regulation which is the fastest growing category for the company according to a recent press release.

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06

Jun

2010

Atayne Hiking Grind Tee review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Getting trashed typically doesn't feel great. A night out chugging brews and doing Jaeger bombs will leave you trashed and feeling like you were hit in the head with a sledgehammer the following morning.

Atayne has made trash feel much better than a night of excessive binge drinking. Atayne, based in Brunswick, ME, professes a commitment to producing outdoor apparel from recyclables. Atayne manufactures apparel for outdoor activities ranging from hiking to paddling to yoga.

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14

May

2010

POW Ozone Biking Gloves review
Written by Jason Elliot   
POW Ozone
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Finding the right biking gloves can seem too difficult. They do not fit right. They are too warm (not warm enough). The design is too colorful (not colorful enough). The list goes on and on and on.

POW is new to the outdoor product scene and started operations in Seattle, Washington a few years into the new millennium. Their operations are streamlined to emphasize recreational gloves that fit right, look right and perform right.

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11

May

2010

Tilley Endurables Organic Airflo T5MO & Capsurz review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Tilley Organic Airflo T5MO
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Cotton. The word sends chills down any outdoorsman's spine. Getting caught in a nasty downpour wearing cotton is beyond miserable. Cotton is going through a transformation and through technological advances with certain types having some impressive wicking ability.

The Tilley Organic Airflo T5MO hat is made almost solely of pre-shrunk organic cotton. Organic cotton uses no toxic chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, or pesticides in its manufacture. Tilley has designed the T5MO with a ¾ inch mesh strip in the crown to accentuate wicking. The brim gently slopes down to help keep the sun out of your eyes.

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