Blaz


About Blaz

Outdoor enthusiast with experience in all types of hiking and mountaineering. Hiked in the Alps, Iceland and other countries. In love with via ferrata trails and snow-covered slopes.

Lasting Wapol Base Layer Review

From the spring onwards, I’ve been testing base layers from the Czech company Lasting. Lasting is a well-established company which produces base layers and socks for hiking, mountaineering, running and other outdoor sports. They produce both Merino wool and synthetic garments. I tested their Mars t-shirt which is made of polypropylene and the Wapol long-sleeve… Read More »

Lasting Wapol Base Layer: From the front

Dark Peak Nessh Lightweight Down Jacket Review

In the spring we were contacted by the British company Dark Peak which specializes in outerwear. Dark Peak is a newly established company and currently they only produce insulated jackets. They asked us if they could send us one of their jackets for test and review. I checked their website and as their jackets seemed… Read More »

Dark Peak Nessh Down Jacket Review

Lasting Mars Polypro T-Shirt Review

In the spring we were contacted by the Czech company Lasting which produces apparel for hiking, running, skiing and other outdoor sports. Lasting is an established company which has been on the market since 1991, and since 2006 it also has a distribution center in the United States. Lasting’s specialty is Merino wool apparel, but… Read More »

Lasting Mars T-Shirt: From the front

Heroclip Carabiner Hook Clip Review

In the spring, we got in touch with the American company Heroclip which has since 2018 ran three successful funding campaigns on Indiegogo and raised several hundred thousand dollars. Now, I’m typically not a big fan of testing Indiegogo and Kickstarter products because I’ve been often disappointed with them. However, Heroclip seemed like an interesting… Read More »

Heroclip Carabiner Hook Clip Review

CimAlp Helium Sunglasses Review

In the spring I received the CimAlp Helium sunglasses for testing. CimAlp is especially known for producing high-quality hiking and mountaineering apparel but they do also manufacture various accessories such as trekking poles, water reservoirs and sunglasses. I only had good experience with CimAlp apparel (see the Gear Tests section) and thus I was speculating… Read More »

CimAlp Helium Sunglasses: The frame is wide to provide good coverage

Why you should use a via ferrata set with tear-out webbing?

If you are into via ferrata trails, you probably know that via ferrata sets utilize either tear-out webbing or a friction metal plate as an energy absorber/braking mechanism. The energy absorber is what makes a potential fall more tolerable as it stops the fall gradually rather than abruptly, and thus prevents fatal injuries. Even a… Read More »

Why you should use a via ferrata set with tear-out webbing? On the left via ferrata set with tear-out webbing and on the right an old via ferrata set with friction metal plate

Kammok Firebelly Trail Quilt Review

Last year, we got in touch with the American brand Kammok which is known for producing top-notch sleeping gear for backpacking. They were so nice to let us test their Mantis Hammock Tent and Firebelly quilt in return for unbiased reviews. Before getting the Kammok Firebely quilt, I had been using a traditional sleeping bag… Read More »

Kammok Firebelly Trail Quilt Review

Isobaa Men’s Merino Boxers Review

When it comes to hiking, a pair of good underwear makes a big difference in terms of comfort. So, when we got activewear from the British brand Isobaa for testing in the beginning of the year, I was happy to see that they also included Merino underwear. Isobaa specializes in activewear made of Merino wool.… Read More »

Isobaa Men’s Merino Boxers Review

CimAlp Merino Wool Socks Review

In the beginning of 2020, we received hiking gear from the French outdoor brand CimAlp for testing. When we opened the package, we were happy to see that they also included socks. Both me and my girlfriend received a pair of their Merino wool socks which are labelled as extra warm on their website. That… Read More »

CimAlp Merino Socks Review

Petzl Sirocco Climbing Helmet Review

Last year in the summer, I decided to upgrade my via ferrata gear and one of the things I bought was a brand-new Petzl Sirocco climbing helmet. Before buying the Petzl Sirocco helmet, I was using a hardshell climbing helmet which didn’t have any serious flaws but was kind of heavy and thus not particularly… Read More »

Petzl Sirocco Climbing Helmet Review