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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Lasting Merino 160 Back T-shirt for Women- Review

In a time where the majority of the (outdoor) apparel industry produces their products in more or less questionable facilities in Asia, far away from the homely headquarters, it is refreshing with a family company like Lasting which is based in and manufactures its apparel in the Czech Republic, in Central Europe. We were therefore… Read More »

Lasting Merino 160 Back t-shirt - logo label on sleeve

Osprey Poco Child Carrier Review (2020 Model)

In May we bought the Osprey Poco child carrier back pack for our daughter. She just turned eight months and since she was able to sit balanced by herself, we decided it was time to introduce her to hiking. At first, we were a bit worried how she would react when we put her in,… Read More »

Osprey Poco Review

CimAlp Freeze Fleece Jacket Review

For years I have been without a warm, but light mid-layer to throw on when the weather turned chilly during hikes or while camping. I postponed getting my own fleece jacket, as I just stole my boyfriend’s extra, which he dutifully packed for our outdoor adventures together. When the French mountaineering brand CimAlp offered me… Read More »

CimAlp Freeze Fleece Jacket - collar with chin guard

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

CimAlp Interstice Light Hiking Pants Review

For long I had been wearing a merely okay-ish pair of budget hiking pants for our outdoor adventures, so I was head over heels when I got the chance to test the CimAlp Interstice Light pants in return for an unbiased review. I received the pants in the beginning of the year and have thus… Read More »

CimAlp Interstice Light Hiking Pants - pocket zippers are equipped with loops

Isobaa Merino Underwear for Women Review

Around Christmas last year we received a big box of Isobaa Merino products to test in return for unbiased reviews. Among these was a pair of underwear for women in 100 % Merino wool, which I have been using for both everyday life and various outdoor activities for the past many months. I can therefore… Read More »

Isobaa Merino Underwear for Women - Brand label on left side

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