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Falke Cool T-Shirt – First Hand Review

The German company Falke is known world-wide for their high-quality socks, also when it comes to hiking. However, Falke doesn’t produce only hiking socks but also activewear. Approximately two months ago, we got in touch with Falke and they offered us some samples of their activewear to test in return for unbiased reviews. We received… Read More »

Falke Cool T-Shirt Review

Montem 3K Carbon Trekking Poles Review

Several months ago, we got in touch with the New York-based company Montem. Montem produces various outdoor gear, but they are especially known for their high-quality trekking poles. They offered us a sample of 3K carbon trekking poles in return for an unbiased review. I checked the technical specifications and figured out that we could… Read More »

Montem 3K Carbon Trekking Poles - Snow in the Dolomites

Ojstrica Trail in the Kamnik Alps – Hiking the Alps

In the summer of 2019, I spent several days in beautiful Slovenia and of course I wanted to do as much hiking as possible, especially because my opportunities for hiking and mountaineering were very limited in the winter and spring. For my “warm-up” adventure in Slovenia I decided to climb Ojstrica, a… Read More »

Ojstrica Trail - View from the top

The use of PFCs in Outdoor Clothing

Functional outdoor apparel is much less affected by passing fashion trends than casual wear. This in itself makes outdoor apparel much more sustainable, as such garments are often of a higher quality and thus both lasting and being used longer than ‘fast fashion’ items. There is, however, one area where the outdoor apparel industry has… Read More »

Beading effect on DWR-treated rain jacket

Salomon S/LAB Jacket Review

In the beginning of April, I bought the Salomon S/LAB jacket and since then I’ve been regularly wearing it for running and on my hiking trips. The Salomon S/LAB jacket is a so-called windbreaker which means that it provides protection against the wind and is super lightweight. It weighs merely 85 grams (3 oz.) and… Read More »

Salomon S/LAB Jacket

Trexad Air Pack First Hand Review

A few months ago, we were contacted by Trexad, the company behind the successful Kickstarter project Air Pack. Usually I’m not very keen on testing Kickstarter projects because – let’s be frank; many of them are flawed. However, Trexad managed to exceed its Kickstarter funding goal by more than $100.000 which significantly increased my curiosity… Read More »

Trexad Air Pack Review

The 5 sustainable brands you should know

In this post in our mini-series on sustainability in the outdoor apparel industry we start to have a look at some of the brands which do better than others when it comes to sustainability. The problem with deciding which brands are the most sustainable lies both in scale and transparency. In terms of scale, it… Read More »

Sustainable outdoor brands

How to reduce the environmental footprint of your clothing?

Most hikers are environmentally aware and follow the more or less (un)written rules when venturing out in nature, such as: “Leave nothing but footprints”, “take nothing but pictures” and “kill nothing but time”. As described in the article Sustainable Outdoor Clothing Materials? it can be hard to be equally eco-conscious when shopping apparel for your… Read More »

Global Organic Textile Standard

GPS Accuracy: Suunto Ambit vs Suunto 9

A little less than a year ago, I switched from the Suunto Ambit 2 watch to the brand-new Suunto 9. Suunto Ambit 2 was and is an extraordinary watch. It’s durable, simple to use and very accurate when it comes to GPS tracking. Furthermore, the battery life is just amazing. I was using the watch… Read More »

GPS Accuracy: Suunto Ambit 2 vs Suunto 9