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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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

CimAlp PrimaLoft Jacket Review

Several months ago, we got in touch with the French company CimAlp which makes apparel for hiking, skiing, trail running and other outdoor sports. I was especially impressed with their jackets because they utilize high-quality materials and are lightweight. Therefore, I asked them for a sample of CimAlp PrimaLoft jacket. I had been wanting such… Read More »

CimAlp PrimaLoft Jacket

Suunto 9 Baro Multisport GPS Watch Review

Several months ago, I purchased the new Suunto 9 GPS watch and since then I’ve been wearing and testing it on a daily basis. I’ve been wearing the watch for activities such as hiking, running, cycling, walking and more. I decided to switch to Suunto 9 from my old Suunto Ambit 2 because I was… Read More »

Suunto 9 Baro - Watch face

Solestar Hiking Insole Review

A couple of months ago, I got into contact with the German company Solestar which manufactures insoles for different types of sports. They have just launched a new hiking-specific insole and I was eager to test it – not least because the original insoles in my Lowa Innox shoes started showing signs of wear and… Read More »

Solestar Hiking Insole - The insoles

Lowa Innox GTX Lo TF Hiking Shoes Review

Several months ago, I bought the Lowa Innox GTX Lo TF shoes and since then I’ve been regularly wearing them on my hiking trips and for everyday activities. The Lowa Innox GTX Lo TF shoes belong in the Task Force Tactical line of the Lowa shoes (hence the TF in the name), but they are… Read More »

Lowa Innox GTX

Kogalla RA Adventure Light Review

A couple of weeks ago, I received the Kogalla RA Adventure Light and since then I’ve been regularly testing it on my hikes, while running and in everyday life. The Kogalla RA light is supposed to be an alternative for a headlamp/flashlight or as the Kogalla team describes it, “a radical new approach to portable… Read More »

Kogalla Ra - Light and battery pack

Klattermusen Eir T-Shirt Review

When we at Best Hiking found out that the well-renowned Swedish outdoor brand Klattermusen is making base layers made of a blend of Merino wool and silk, we didn’t hesitate a second to contact them for samples. Fortunately, the Klattermusen team agreed and we have now been testing the Eir t-shirt (for men and women… Read More »

Klattermusen Eir T-Shirt - Seamless shoulders