Even on quick hikes, daypacks keep things more comfortable and safer by letting you bring extra clothes, food and essentials. But they come in a bewildering variety of shapes and sizes. Here’s what to look for to pick a pack right for your needs.
For spring 2014, our design team took a step back from MEC’s traditional hiking collection, and asked if it was possible to do something different. Something that looked, fit, and moved differently, but didn’t sacrifice any of the performance or function that members expect of their MEC gear.Read more…
Janna, one of our apparel designers, gives us the inside scoop on what women can look forward to with MEC’s spring 2014 Active Life collection. These performance pieces are made to mix and match, so you can put together fun, vibrant combos that work for running, stretching, climbing or cycling.
Your travel may never involve sleeping anywhere except a hotel or hostel room. Even so, taking a backpacker’s self-sufficient approach to packing can make making your way around the world less stressful and more fun. Here are 5 ways to do just that:
MEC Envoy Stephen Matthews took a Ghost Cagua bike out for more than just a test ride. He took it out for a test season. See how it stacked up to different conditions, from long days of climbing singletrack to fast descents on the Shore.
MEC Envoy Chris Christie hit up the Valhallas for some pre-Christmas powder gluttony. He brought along the Black Diamond Belay Stance Hoodie to see how it stands up to days of skiing steep summits and sheltered north facing lines.
Daniel Wong, part of the Natla and Keele River expedition in the Northwest Territories, has a long-term relationship with the Exped Downmat 9. He’s spent more than 120 nights on this sleeping pad in a wide range of conditions, and has been writing and re-writing this review in his head for some time. Read more…