First light. First tracks. It’s a manta for those hungry enough to break trail to reachuntouched backcountry snow. But with this very specialized love comes the need for a specialized clothing system,one thattakes into account the terrain, the uphill push ofsetting the skin track in snow up to your knees and therewardsofskiing long runs in pure, alpine powder.
You’ve picked up all the school supplies on their list. Now your young scholar can’t wait to show off their new stuff to their classmates. Send them back to school with a comfortable pack for their gear, lunch and textbooks. Here are the three Rs of a good school bag:
I’m a big fan of solar panels for recharging my e-toys in the backcountry. In theory, at least. In practice, for sea kayaking on the West Coast, they can sometimes be suboptimal. Enter a whole different charging device: the PowerPot. – Gear review by MEC staffer Philip Torrens
As a Wet Coast paddler, I’ve developed a serious fixation with tarps and tarp rigging. Here’s my take on tarps in general and the MEC Silicone Guides Tarp in particular. – Post by MEC staffer Philip Torrens Read more…
Packing for a three-week ski expedition into the massive St. Elias Range is a bit like trying to stuff 20 marshmallows in your mouth at once. You might be able to do it, but it’s a bit of a struggle. Therm-a-rest has made this slightly easier with the new NeoAir XTherm sleeping pad. – Review by MEC Envoy Tobin Seagel
Ever been on a dayhike so perfect you didn’t want it to end? When you have the right backpack to carry your food and shelter, you can stay out overnight instead of heading back to the trailhead early. Here are four things to think about to pick a backpack for hiking overnight and beyond:
What’s the best way to end a day of kayaking, canoeing or stand up paddleboarding? With gear that’s still dry and on board. Find the waterproof bag that’s right for you with these three simple questions:
You know what’s great? Spring bike trips. You know what’s not? Excess baggage charges or a damaged bike. MEC Envoy Paul Stevens travels a lot with his bike, and has some great tips for travelling or flying with your bike.