Gear Tests

In this category we post comprehensive reviews of hiking products which we thoroughly tested on our hiking trips. We publish unbiased reviews mentioning the best features of the products as well as shortcomings. Some products we bought on our own while others were received directly from the manufacturers. How we obtained each product is mentioned in the reviews.

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Gear Tests


Falke Cool Boxers – First Hand Review

In the summer, we tested various activewear from the iconic German brand Falke. Most of the testing was done on different hiking trails and alpine ascents in the Dolomites where we spent our holidays. On my first hike in the Dolomites I wore the Falke Cool T-Shirt and I was very satisfied with its performance.… Read More »

Falke Cool Boxers Review

Isobaa Merino 200 Zip Neck Hoodie Review

In early summer 2019 we were contacted by the British company Isobaa which specializes in Merino wool clothing. They offered us some products to test in return for unbiased reviews. As I consider myself a bit of a Merino wool geek (see the gear tests section), I of course didn’t want to miss the opportunity… Read More »

Isobaa Merino Zip Neck Hoodie - Due to the hood it offers less insulation in the neck area

Kammok Mantis Hammock Tent Review

Several months ago, we got in touch with the American outdoor brand Kammok. Kammok produces various pieces of backpacking sleeping gear but is especially known for their top-notch hammocks and hammock sleeping set-ups. They asked us if we could test their Mantis hammock tent in return for an unbiased review. I checked the product on… Read More »

Kammok Mantis Hammock Tent Review

Falke Silk-Wool Women’s Underwear Review

Ever since testing and confirming the durability of the Klattermusen Eir t-shirt which is made of a mix of Merino wool and silk, I have been keen on trying more apparel made of this natural blend. It was thus hard to contain my excitement when the legendary German brand Falke agreed to let me test… Read More »

Falke Silk-Wool Underwear unboxed

Formal Friday Merino T-Shirt Review

In the beginning of the summer, we got in touch with the Finnish start-up Formal Friday (read more about the company here) which specializes in Merino wool clothing. Formal Friday is still a very small company and has only one Merino base layer in their offer. Nevertheless, after reading about the technology behind their product,… Read More »

Formal Friday Merino T-Shirt - Back

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

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

CimAlp Quebec 2 F Softshell Pants Review

In the beginning of 2019 we got in touch with French brand CimAlp because we were interested in testing their winter gear. While my boyfriend received the CimAlp PrimaLoft jacket (reviewed here), I got the CimAlp Quebec 2 F softshell pants. I’m pretty excited over these pants as I always have a problem getting cold,… Read More »

CimAlp Quebec Softshell Pants - While hiking