Gear Tests

In this category we post comprehensive reviews of hiking products which we thoroughly tested on our hiking trips. We publish unbiased reviews mentioning the best features of the products as well as shortcomings. We purchased some products while others were received directly from the manufacturers. How we obtained each product is mentioned in the reviews.

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Foxelli Rechargeable Headlamp MX500 – First Hand Review

As winter is approaching, the days are getting shorter and there are less light hours to spend outdoors. However, short days should not limit your outdoor activities. The first step towards enjoyable hiking, mountaineering or trekking in darkness is a high-quality headlamp. A headlamp illuminates the area around you while allowing you to use both… Read More »

Foxelli Headlamp

Montane Atomic Waterproof Pants – First Hand Review

Hiking in the rain is no fun unless you have appropriate equipment such as a waterproof jacket, waterproof boots and also waterproof pants. Waterproof equipment should not only keep you dry but also offer great freedom of movement and breathability. For the last five months I have been on my “Hiking Iceland” tour. Now in… Read More »

Montane Atomic Pants

Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid – First Hand Review

Not many things are as important as boots when it comes to hiking. Hiking boots should provide good grip, ankle support and comfort. There are many different types of hiking boots available but not all are suitable for every terrain. For example if you are planning to do “Via Ferrata” routes you will need hiking… Read More »

Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid

Woolx Merino Wool Hat – First Hand Review

Hiking tours are often executed under demanding weather conditions and therefore extreme cold, wind or heat are phenomena, most hikers are used to. But the majority of hikers also know that appropriate hiking equipment is required to perform well even under these conditions. A good hat is an essential piece of hiking equipment in cold… Read More »

Woolx Merino Wool Hat - New

Woolx Blizzard Merino Wool Top – First Hand Review

Merino wool clothing is, due to its superb performance, widely used by hikers, mountaineers and other outdoorsmen. Base layers made of Merino wool are particularly popular because they offer great temperature regulation, breathability, UV protection and have superb anti-microbial properties. Merino wool can also be used for mid layers but Merino mid layers are not… Read More »

Woolx Blizzard Merino Wool Top - Side

Osprey Talon 44 Backpack – First Hand Review

  A backpack is a vital piece of hiking gear which you will most likely carry on every hike. Therefore, it has to provide good comfort and functionality. The Talon 44 is one of the most popular backpacks from Osprey – a well-known Colorado-based company. Osprey was one of the first manufacturers to introduce backpacks… Read More »

Osprey Talon 44

Woolx Merino Boxer Briefs – First Hand Review

Hikers, mountaineers and other outdoorsmen often forget how important it is to use quality underwear as it is directly in contact with the skin and therefore greatly influences the comfort. Underwear for hiking should be made of materials that are breathable, quick drying, light and able to maintain the natural body temperature. Merino wool is… Read More »