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Lowa Renegade GTX Lo Hiking Shoes Review

In February, I bought the Lowa Renegade GTX Lo hiking shoes and immediately started wearing them for hiking, trekking and everyday use. I’m a big fan of Lowa hiking footwear. I bought my first pair of their shoes, the Lowa Innox GTX Lo, in 2018 and was incredibly satisfied with them. Nevertheless, following the three…

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Lowa Renegade Review

How to Choose Sunglasses for Hiking

Wearing sunglasses on a regular basis is crucial for the long-term health of your eyes, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors in the sun. Not only can the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun make your eyes feel tired and sore after a long day outside, but in the long-term too much…

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How to choose hiking sunglasses

How to clean and maintain a hydration bladder?

Hydration bladders are convenient because they enable you to easily drink on the go. However, when it comes to cleaning them, few things are more annoying. It is not easy to get a hydration bladder look like new again. Now, you might ask why does a hydration bladder even need cleaning? You only put clean…

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A kitchen scrubbing pad is a great tool for cleaning hydration bladders

Matajur Hiking Trail

During a holiday in Slovenia in late November, we decided to take advantage of the good weather that day and went for a hiking trip to the Matajur mountain, which is located on the boarder between Italy and Slovenia. The starting point is, however, in Italy, at the mountain hut called Rifugio Pelizzo. Matajur is a quite popular destination for…

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Matajur Hiking Trail - the small church Chiesetta di Cristo Redentore on top

How long does hiking footwear last?

No pair of hiking boots lasts forever, and since high-quality boots are an expensive hiking essential, you’re probably wondering how long they’ll last for the money you spend. Many online articles on this topic suggest that robust hiking boots last from 600 to 700 miles (900-1200 km) and their lightweight counterparts from 400 to 500…

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How long does hiking footwear last?

Patagonia Baby Quilted Puff Jacket and Pants Review

In early fall we began to test the Patagonia Baby Quilted Puff jacket and pants on our two-year old daughter MK. We received the set from the brand for testing in return for an unbiased review. We started using the jacket in September and added the pants as it got colder in October. After testing…

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Patagonia Quilted Puff Jacket - is equipped with an offset zipper

Jack Wolfskin JWP Rain Jacket for Women Review

In fall 2021 I was contacted by the German outdoor brand Jack Wolfskin with an offer to test some garments from their Pack & Go! collection. I received the Jack Wolfskin JWP rain jacket and JWP down jacket (reviewed here) in the end of October, and have been wearing one or both of the two…

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Jack Wolfskin JWP Rain Jacket - impressive water resistance from the get go

2.5-Layer VS. 3-Layer Rain Jackets: What is a better option?

Rain jackets differ by layering construction and before purchasing a new rain jacket you should definitely check which layering construction it utilizes. Why? Well, the thing is that there is a big difference between 2.5-layer and 3-layer rain jackets in terms of weight, protection against the elements, durability packability and price. Both types of jackets…

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2.5-Layer VS. 3-Layer Rain Jackets: Left Montane Minimus 2.5L jacket and right Sherpa Makalu 3L jacket

Tunø Hiking Trail – Hiking Denmark

Tunø is a small island located between the Danish peninsula and the larger island Samsø, where we also hiked recently. Due to the small size of the island, the longest hiking trail goes along its coastline and is just about nine kilometers long. Nevertheless, the landscape offers quite some variety as the southwestern shore features steep and dramatic coastal cliffs…

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Tunø Hiking Trail - path runs close to the beach at times

Patagonia Capilene Midweight Zip-Neck Review

At the end of summer 2021, I received the Patagonia Capilene Midweight Zip-Neck and since then I’ve been regularly wearing it for hiking and running. The Patagonia Capilene Midweight Zip-Neck is a warm base layer. It is made of a brushed polyester fabric to provide good warmth to weight ratio. I asked to test it…

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Patagonia Capilene Midweight Zip-Neck: From the side