MEC staffer Geneviève set out to find some bright stuff to help her get motivated and moving in the cold, dark winter months. Here are her top finds for the people on your list who don’t shy away from a big blast of colour.
Like many MEC members, we have lots of memories of decorating trees over the holidays. Some amusing, some mildly traumatic (at least at the time). Most of the epics involved the decorations themselves. The annual scavenger hunt through attic or basement to unearth them. Bulbs that burnt out, killing an entire chain of lights and precipitating a whack-a-mole chase for the culprit. Beautiful glass globes that shattered into silvery shrapnel after a one-foot fall.
There’s something about the holidays that can bring out the ugly in sweaters. And this isn’t about the festively abrasive, ornamented-with-bells-and -garland-and-blinking-lights number that wins you a bottle of wine at your holiday office party.
This is about sweater fundamentals. It’s about the bits and pieces that can separate the “best sweater ever!” category from the “are you trying to torture me?” group.
What’s your go-to jacket? For MEC Envoy and alpine guide Sarah Hueniken, it’s the Havoc, a four-season jacket that can stand up to abrasive limestone cliffs and being crammed into your black hole of a climbing bag.
MEC Envoy and endurance athlete Jasper Blake (not pictured above) took the Hi-Vis Beacon Jacket out for a spin in Victoria, BC. Here’s his take on this new glow-in-the-dark piece designed for running on dark days and nights.
When I first started exploring wilderness, a map and compass was the best way to navigate in unfamiliar country. Mostly because it was the only way to navigate in unfamiliar country. Today, my wayfinding tool kit contains a mix of classic instruments and modern gadgets. Let’s take a walk-through, starting with that old reliable, the topographic map:
Camping newbies often get the idea that freestanding tents – the kind that stay up as soon as the poles are in place – are the only way to go for performance and safety. Tunnel tents, which have to be pegged out to achieve their shape, can seem a bit mysterious and intimidating. Read more…
Growing tired of my bombproof-but-not-very-stylish pannier, I acquired a Ballard Market pannier a few months ago and have been using it to commute to work. Don’t be fooled by its good looks: not only can this 15L pannier hold a great deal more than one would expect, but it also stands up to the nastiest Wet Coast weather. Read more…
Veteran climber Gord Betenia doesn’t suffer fools – or foolish design – quietly. That’s why we love having him as our Field Testing Coordinator and Lead Gear Tester at MEC. If something’s not cutting it, he’s not shy about saying so.