Best Sleeping Bag Liners for 2017

A sleeping bag liner is a fairly thin and lightweight cloth sack designed to be slipped inside a sleeping bag. It keeps your sleeping bag clean and free of body oils and thus increases its thermal efficiency since body oils decrease the loft and warmth of a sleeping bag. A sleeping bag liner can be… Read More »

Alps Mountaineering Mummy Liner

Best Hiking Sunglasses for Men

Overexposure to sun light is not only harmful for your skin, but also for your eyes. Spending a long day out in the sun without sunglasses will cause most to have tired or slightly burning eyes – and the sun can indeed burn the eyeball and be a contributing factor to various eye issues such… Read More »

Smith Frontman Sunglasses

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

Sun Protective Clothing for Hiking

Hiking is the quintessential outdoor activity and even if the sun does not shine brightly from a clear blue sky, the majority of its harmful UV-radiation will still reach through the cloud cover. Besides weather conditions and cloud cover, UV-radiation levels are influenced by sun height (depends on time of day and season), latitude, ground… Read More »

Sun protective Clothing - UV protection depends on numerous factors, including the porosity of the fabric

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