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


CimAlp Laos 4 Hiking Pants Review

In the beginning of 2020, I received CimAlp Laos 4 pants for testing. CimAlp is a French brand which specializes in outdoor clothing and gear for mountain enthusiasts. I first got to know the company last year when I tested and reviewed their Primaloft jacket. As I was and still am really satisfied with that… Read More »

CimAlp Laos Hiking Pants Review

Isobaa Merino Beanie Hat Review

Just before Christmas I received the Isobaa Merino Beanie Hat for testing. When I unwrapped it, I was delighted to see that the Isobaa hat is a bit thicker than the other Merino hats I have. All my other Merino hats are very thin, and as such not really suitable for temperatures below zero. So,… Read More »

Isoba Merino Beanie Hat Review

Petzl Scorpio Via Ferrata Set Review

In the summer of 2019, I bought a brand new Petzl Scorpio via ferrata set and since then I have used it on several via ferrata trails. The Petzl Scorpio is a very compact and lightweight via ferrata set which utilizes tear-out webbing for energy absorption. Before getting the Petzl Scorpio I was using a… Read More »

Petzl Scorpio Via Ferrat Set Review

Isobaa Merino Wool Insulated Jacket Review

Last year in December, I received the Isobaa Merino wool insulated jacket for testing. I’m a big fan of Merino wool and my closet is filled with Merino base layers. However, this is my first Merino insulated jacket. Merino wool insulated jackets are a relatively new concept and not many brands have them in their… Read More »

Isobaa Merino Wool Insulated Jacket Review

Tread Labs Dash Insole Review – Performance Series

In the fall, I got in touch with Tread Labs which specializes in insoles for various activities and footwear types. I first tested and reviewed their Pace insoles and as I was very happy with the product, I agreed to test their Dash insoles as well. The two models differ in purpose. The Pace insoles… Read More »

Tread Labs Dash Insole Review

Falke Silk Wool T-Shirt for Women Review

In summer 2019 I received the Falke Silk-Wool underwear and t-shirt from the iconic German brand upon request. As I had been previously impressed by the durability of the Klattermusen Eir t-shirt, I was really keen to test other base layers made out of Merino wool and silk, which is a much less utilized material… Read More »

Falke Silk T-shirt: Logo at the hip

Wama Hemp Hipsters Review

In late summer I received the Wama Hemp Hipsters for testing. Hemp is a much more sustainable fabric fiber than most base layer materials, and therefore I was excited to test the underwear which is made of approximately half-half hemp and organic cotton. As I was heavily pregnant when I received the Wama hipsters, I… Read More »


Tread Labs Pace Insole Review

A few months ago, we got in touch with the American company Tread Labs which produces insoles for various types of footwear and activities. All Tread Labs insoles are specifically designed with arch support in mind and thus each model is available in four different arch heights. Now, I’m not an expert in arch support,… Read More »

Tread Labs Pace Insole Review

Apex International Water Bottle Review

In the summer, we were contacted by the British start-up company Apex International which specializes in water bottles for outdoor sports. The company currently only offers one insulated water bottle (500 ml) in two different colors, but after checking technical specifications and product description we were excited to test the water bottle. Thus we got… Read More »

Apex International Water Bottle Review

Isobaa Merino Women’s 180 Long Sleeve Crew

At Best Hiking we can’t get enough of Merino base layers, but so far it has mainly been base layers for men we have been asked to test and review. Therefore, I was head over heels when I got the opportunity to test the Isobaa 180 crew-neck base layer. I really appreciate the brand’s philosophy… Read More »

Isobaa Women's Merino Base Layer: Off-set shoulder seams