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


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 »


Isobaa Men’s Merino Boxers Review

When it comes to hiking, a pair of good underwear makes a big difference in terms of comfort. So, when we got activewear from the British brand Isobaa for testing in the beginning of the year, I was happy to see that they also included Merino underwear. Isobaa specializes in activewear made of Merino wool.… Read More »

Isobaa Men’s Merino Boxers Review

CimAlp Cedera Softshell Jacket Review

In the beginning of the year we were in touch with the French outdoor manufacturer CimAlp, which we have previously reviewed winter hiking apparel for. CimAlp was founded in 1964 by an avid mountaineer and the brand has ever since had a strong focus on creating functional high-quality apparel for all sorts of activities in… Read More »

CimAlp Cedera Softshell Jacket - Front

Boob Design Merino Bra Review

Several outdoor brands specializing in Merino apparel offer more or less athletic bras in this soft and temperature-regulating material. However, as a new mom I wondered whether anyone made actual nursing bras in Merino wool and I started searching for products. My search resulted in me contacting the Swedish brand Boob Design which has the… Read More »

Boob Design Merino Bra

CimAlp Merino Wool Socks Review

In the beginning of 2020, we received hiking gear from the French outdoor brand CimAlp for testing. When we opened the package, we were happy to see that they also included socks. Both me and my girlfriend received a pair of their Merino wool socks which are labelled as extra warm on their website. That… Read More »

CimAlp Merino Socks Review

Petzl Sirocco Climbing Helmet Review

Last year in the summer, I decided to upgrade my via ferrata gear and one of the things I bought was a brand-new Petzl Sirocco climbing helmet. Before buying the Petzl Sirocco helmet, I was using a hardshell climbing helmet which didn’t have any serious flaws but was kind of heavy and thus not particularly… Read More »

Petzl Sirocco Climbing Helmet Review

Isobaa Merino Liner Gloves Review

In the beginning of the year, I unwrapped the Isobaa Merino liner gloves which the company had sent me for testing in return for an unbiased review. The timing for testing the gloves was perfect because the temperatures in January and February were often below zero. Therefore, I was wearing the Isobaa gloves under a… Read More »

Isobaa Merino Liner Gloves Review

Boob Design Merino Top Review

Being a new mom I was browsing the web in the beginning of the year for Merino nursing bras which I could use for hiking as well as for everyday life. I quickly stumbled upon the Swedish brand Boob Design (yes, that is the actual name!) which focus on making sustainable clothes for all stages… Read More »

Boob Design Merino Top - From the side

BioLite Headlamp 200 Review

Several months ago, we got in touch with the Brooklyn-based company called BioLite. BioLite produces various accessories for backpacking, hiking and other outdoor activities. Their offer includes backpacking stoves, solar chargers, headlamps and more. They offered us a sample of their brand-new Headlamp 200 for testing in return for an unbiased review. As usually, I… Read More »

BioLite Headlamp 200 Review

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