New Gear

This category consists of gear tests and new releases of hiking products. The gear tests subcategory includes reviews of products that we thoroughly tested on our hiking trips while in the new releases subcategory we write about hiking products which are, due to their innovative features, somewhat special. We post comprehensive reviews, high-lighting the best features of the products as well as any possible cons.

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Gear Tests and New Releases


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

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

Scarpa Marmolada Trek Women’s Hiking Boots – First Hand Review

In January 2017 I decided that it was finally time for me to get a pair of proper hiking boots and I ended up purchasing a pair of Scarpa Marmolada Trek hiking boots. I tested them on the Bodenhaus-Ammererhof and Grubereck trails in the Austrian Alps and on minor hikes since then and this is… Read More »

Scarpa Marmolada Trek - Upper is made of suede and synthetic materials

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 »


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

Asics Fit-Sana Contour Tank Top – First Hand Review

A tank top in a sophisticated material with a built-in bra is great for low to medium impact activities like hiking, climbing and mountaineering. It can be used on its own when hiking in warm weather or under insulating layers in colder conditions. I was keen to test the Asics Fit-Sana Contour tank top due… Read More »

-Asics Fit-Sana Contour Tank Top - From the back

Icebreaker Tech T Lite T-shirt – First Hand Review

Merino wool base layers are becoming increasingly popular among hikers, mountaineers and other outdoor enthusiasts due to the softness, great odor-control and superb temperature regulation of the fabric. For long it has been believed that all wool clothing is too warm for anything but winter use, itchy and offers inferior performance to synthetics, but this… Read More »

Icebreaker Tech T Lite - On the trail

Montane Terra Pack Pants – First Hand Review

When hiking, it is your legs which do the majority of the work. Therefore high-quality hiking pants are highly appreciated among hikers, trekkers and mountaineers as they offer some basic protection against the surroundings (rocks, vegetation) and weather (wind, rain, sun radiation etc.). Hiking pants should also provide great freedom of movement so that you… Read More »

Montane Terra Pack - Stuff Sack

Osprey Talon 22 Daypack – First Hand Review

When it comes to short hiking trips, a daypack is one of the most useful pieces of hiking gear as it allows you to easily and comfortably carry additional clothing, water, food and accessories. Many hikers use relatively big backpacks (+ 40l) also for short trips, but this is not efficient as these backpacks do… Read More »

Osprey Talon 22 - Helmet attacment point and stash pocket