Durability of Merino Wool – How Durable are Merino Garments?

Durability is often considered as the Achilles heel of Merino wool products. Nevertheless, Merino wool clothing is becoming increasingly popular among hikers, trekkers, mountaineers and other outdoor enthusiasts as it offers superb breathability and odor-control (Merino wool is naturally antimicrobial). Furthermore, it is also very comfortable to the touch and doesn’t cause any itching. Due… Read More »

Durability of Merino Wool

Stol Hochstuhl Trail – Hiking the Alps

After hiking in the French and Austrian Alps, I continued my “Hiking the Alps” tour by climbing the 2236 meters high mountain Stol (Hochstuhl in German) in the northwestern corner of Slovenia, close to the Austrian border. Stol is the highest mountain of the 120 kilometers long Karawanke mountain range which is… Read More »

Stol Hochstuhl Trail - View towards west

Best Large Backpacks for Backpacking and Travelling in 2017

Here we selected and reviewed the best large backpacks for backpacking and travelling. We included only backpacks with a capacity of 70 liters and more. Such backpacks offer sufficient storage space for hiking trips lasting more than five days. However, be aware that the required capacity of a backpack greatly depends on the equipment and/or… Read More »

Kelty Coyote 80 Backpack

Montane Minimus Jacket Review

Approximately half of a year ago, I purchased the Montane Minimus jacket and since then I’ve been regularly using it as a shell layer on my hiking trips. The Montane Minimus jacket is a hardshell jacket which means that it’s made of a waterproof/breathable fabric.  Hardshell jackets are typically lighter than softshell jackets and offer better… Read More »

Montane Minimus Jacket - Testing in Grenoble

Best Hiking Socks for Summer

Socks are one of the most underrated pieces of hiking clothing – hikers often spend a lot of money on advanced hiking gear but when it comes to socks they somehow forget how uncomfortable it is to have wet/moist feet. Hiking socks should transport the moisture from the feet to the boot’s lining so that… Read More »

Darn Tough Socks

Woolly Ultralight Crew Neck Merino T-shirt Review

A couple of months ago I received the Woolly Ultralight Crew Neck Merino t-shirt and since then I’ve been regularly using it as a base layer for hiking. The Woolly Ultralight Crew Neck Merino t-shirt is made of 100% Merino wool. Base layers made of Merino wool have certain advantages in comparison to the more… Read More »

Woolly Ultralight Merino T-Shirt - Climbing

Best Sun Hats for Hiking

As the temperatures rise and you store your warm hiking hat or beanie at the back of your closet, you might consider bringing a sun hat for your outdoor adventures instead. Even if you are not old enough to remember the iconic Slip-Slop-Slap sun protection campaign from 1980s, you can probably recall from various other… Read More »

Outdoor Research Sombriolet

Moucherotte Trail near Grenoble – Hiking the Alps

In April 2017 we were travelling around France and on our way we also stopped in Grenoble. Grenoble is a quite big city in southeastern France which lies at the foot of the French Alps. Being so close to the Alps, we of course wanted to go hiking there. After a brief research we… Read More »

Moucherotte Trail - View towards south

Best Backpacking Quilts for 2017

Quilts are becoming increasingly popular among hikers, backpackers and mountaineers because they are lighter, less bulky and more adaptable than mummy sleeping bags. Unlike a sleeping bag, a quilt leaves your back in direct contact with the sleeping pad (the bottom of the quilt is open) and doesn’t have any zipper. However, it is typically… Read More »

Sea to Summit Ember Quilt