Sunnybag Leaf Pro Solar Charger – Review

Several months ago, we got in touch with the Austrian company Sunnybag. Sunnybag manufactures various gadgets for hiking, backpacking and other outdoor activities. Their offer includes solar chargers, power banks and backpacks with integrated solar panels. They offered us their flagship product Leaf Pro solar charger for testing. I quickly checked the technical specifications and…

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Sunnybag Leaf Pro Review

Filerimos Monastery – Ialysos Hiking Trail on Rhodos Island in Greece

Greece is known for its beautiful coastline and its rich cultural heritage. However, hiking is becoming more and more popular among those who want to see more of Greece than just the popular sights and the sea. We spent Easter on the Greek island Rhodes, which is the fourth largest island of Greece and particularly known for its UNESCO World…

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Filerimos Monastery - Ialysos Hiking Trail - view from the terrace beneath the huge Filerimos cross

ArcticDry Waterproof Socks Review

A few months ago, I received the ArcticDry waterproof socks for testing and since then I’ve been regularly wearing them for hiking, bike commuting and everyday use. The ArcticDry socks are classic waterproof socks. They are made of 3 layers where the waterproof/breathable membrane is sandwiched between the lining and the outer layer. According to…

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ArcticDry Waterproof Socks Review

Cimalp Storm PRO 3 H Jacket Review

In February, I got the Cimalp Storm PRO 3 H jacket. The Cimalp Storm PRO 3 H is a 3-layer rain jacket which is primarily designed for trail running. Therefore, it’s made of a very breathable fabric and is super lightweight. The jacket in size M weighs merely 9.7 oz. (275 g). I decided to…

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Cimalp Storm PRO 3 H Jacket Review

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 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?

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

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