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Best Hiking Shorts for 2017

A pair of high-quality shorts is very useful for hiking in warm weather because it typically provides better ventilation, comfort and freedom of movement than regular pants. However, shorts should be used only for hiking on well-groomed and technically undemanding trails where protection against vegetation and terrain (rocks, cliffs etc.) is not required. In this… Read More »

Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo Hiking Shorts

Outdoor Watches – Thoughts on Features and Trends

Outdoor watches are becoming increasingly popular as they do not only show time but also provide valuable information (altitude, weather etc.) which makes activities in nature such as hiking, backpacking and mountaineering easier and safer. The term “outdoor watch” is indeed very ambiguous – across the internet you will find many different definitions of what… Read More »

Outdoor Watches - Features and Trends

Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Grid II Fleece Jacket – First Hand Review

A fleece jackets is a very useful garment for hiking because it provides light-weight insulation and can be worn as a mid-layer in cold and/or rainy weather conditions or as an outer layer in dry and moderate weather conditions. Towards the end of 2016 my old fleece jacket, made of Polartec Stretch fabric, started to… Read More »

Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man - Front Side

Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 – Outdoor GPS Watch with Android Wear 2.0

For many, Casio might stand as the quintessential manufacturer of high quality sports watches, but regrettably the brand has fallen behind the competition (namely Suunto and Garmin) in the area of outdoor watches. Until 2012 Casio Pro Trek watches offered features and functionality comparable to Suunto’s outdoor watches such as Suunto Core (first released in… Read More »

Casio Pro Trek Smart

Garmin inReach – Handheld Communication and Navigation Device

In the beginning of January 2017 Garmin announced two new products; the Fenix 5 GPS watches and the Garmin inReach handheld satellite communication and navigation devices. While the Garmin Fenix series watches have been on the market since 2012, the inReach devices are the first satellite messengers (devices designed for communication where GSM signal is… Read More »


Grubereck Trail in Rauris Valley – Hiking the Alps

In the beginning of 2017 we spent a couple of days in the Austrian village Rauris where we hiked, climbed mountains and skied. Our first hike there went to the 2167 meters high Grubereck mountain which lies north-east of the village. We decided to climb the Grubereck peak because the trail starts in… Read More »

Grubereck Trail - Sladinkopf and Bernkogel

Garmin Fenix 5 – GPS Watch with Maps

In the beginning of January 2017 Garmin announced the release of the new Fenix 5 series GPS watches which are replacing the highly popular Fenix 3 series watches (note that a Fenix 4 series will not be launched, according to Garmin). The Garmin Fenix 5 collection includes three different and highly customizable GPS watches –… Read More »

Garmin Fenix 5 Watch

Bodenhaus – Ammererhof Trail – Hiking the Alps

In the very first days of 2017 we went to the Rauris valley in Austria to make a few trips for our Hiking the Alps section. While the first hike went to the 2167 meters high Grubereck peak (hike to be published soon), we decided to go for something a… Read More »

Bodenhaus - Ammererhof Trail - Surrounding Peaks

Hiking Accessories Guide – Which accessories to bring on a hiking trip?

On hiking trips you can use various accessories for increasing your performance and comfort. However, not every gadget is useful for every hiker. In this hiking accessories guide we explain the function of different hiking accessories as well as how to properly use them on the trails. This guide includes the eight most frequently used… Read More »

Hiking Accessories Guide

Best Women’s Softshell Jackets

A softshell jacket typically combines the qualities of a fleece jacket and a rain jacket by offering warmth as well as decent wind- and water-resistance. It is worn directly over your base layer or on top of an insulating mid-layer in cold weather. Wearing a softshell jacket for hiking is a lot more comfortable than… Read More »

Mountain Equipment Vulcan Jacket