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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Arms of Andes Alpaca 110 T-shirt for Women – Review

In early fall we were contacted by the American startup company Arms of Andes, which specializes in making mid- and base layers in Alpaca wool. Alpaca wool is said to have similar and/or superior characteristics in comparison with Merino wool, so we were of course thrilled to receive some apparel for testing in exchange for… Read More »

Arms of Andes Alpaca 110 T-shirt - sleeves close-up

Lasting Merino 160 Atila Base Layer for Women – Review

Merino base layers are to prefer over synthetic ones for all but the hottest summer days. Unlike the itching wool sweaters you remember from your childhood, Merino wool is soft and not itchy at all because it is made of wool fibers from Merino sheep which are much thinner (<20 microns) and suppler than conventional… Read More »

Lasting Merino 160 Atila Base Layer - printed washing instructions

Silverlight Hiking Socks Review

In September we were contacted by Silverlight, a startup specializing in hiking socks. They offered us a pair of their socks in return for an unbiased review. I did a quick research about the company and figured out that they raised almost $40.000 on Indiegogo in 2019 to develop odor-resistant hiking socks with durability in… Read More »

Silverlight Hiking Socks: Wearing the socks on trails

Lasting Adam Men’s Polypro Boxers Review

In the spring we got in touch with the Czech company Lasting which specializes in hiking base layers and socks. They offered us some of their products in return for unbiased reviews. I specifically asked for the Lasting Adam boxers because they are made of polypropylene (often referred to as polypro). While polypropylene is not… Read More »

Lasting Adam Polypro Boxers Review

Morrison Outdoors Little Mo 40 Baby Sleeping Bag Review

The American startup Morrison Outdoors has been very successful since its Kickstarter campaign for its unique baby sleeping bags in early 2019. Quite unprecedented, the brand already had its products featured on the shelves at the iconic outdoor retailer REI the very same year! We were thus over the moon when Morrison Outdoors contacted us… Read More »

Morrison Outdoors Little Mo 40 baby sleeping bag- on trail

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 (New Model)

In May we bought the Osprey Poco child carrier backpack 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, but… 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