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


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

Isobaa Merino 150 Women’s T-Shirt Review

Last year I tested the Isobaa Merino 180 Women’s  long-sleeved baselayer, and was so satisfied with it that it became a wardrobe staple for me – on and off the trails. This year I was so fortunate that I also got to test its lighter short-sleeved cousin – the Isobaa Merino 150 women’s t-shirt. I… Read More »

Isobaa Merino Women's 150 t-shirt

Kammok Firebelly Trail Quilt Review

Last year, we got in touch with the American brand Kammok which is known for producing top-notch sleeping gear for backpacking. They were so nice to let us test their Mantis Hammock Tent and Firebelly quilt in return for unbiased reviews. Before getting the Kammok Firebely quilt, I had been using a traditional sleeping bag… Read More »

Kammok Firebelly Trail Quilt Review

Boob Design Fast Food Sports Bra Review

The Swedish brand Boob Design has won several awards for their smartly designed and sustainably produced activewear and casualwear garments for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Therefore, I was excited for the possibility to test the award-winning Fast Food Sports Bra along with the brand’s Merino apparel (a long-sleeved base layer and a nursing  bra) in return… Read More »