Why you should use a via ferrata set with tear-out webbing?

If you are into via ferrata trails, you probably know that via ferrata sets utilize either tear-out webbing or a friction metal plate as an energy absorber/braking mechanism. The energy absorber is what makes a potential fall more tolerable as it stops the fall gradually rather than abruptly, and thus prevents fatal injuries. Even a…

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Why you should use a via ferrata set with tear-out webbing? On the left via ferrata set with tear-out webbing and on the right an old via ferrata set with friction metal plate

Hiking Pregnant: Tips and Advice

Exercising moderately while pregnant is good for both you and the baby you’re carrying. Daily exercise diminishes back pain, constipation and puffiness, which can be annoying side effects of being pregnant. You should, however, avoid sports which put your stomach in risk of trauma – such as diving, skiing, show jumping, martial arts and team…

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Hiking pregnant on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo trail

Windbreaker VS Rain Jacket – What is a better option?

Windbreakers have become increasingly popular in the last years and many hikers have switched from rain jackets to these minimalistic shell layers. Windbreakers are lighter and pack smaller than rain jackets and are thus perfect for lightweight hiking. Nevertheless, it’s important to know that a windbreaker performs quite differently than a rain jacket. A rain…

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Windbreaker VS Rain Jacket – What is a better option?

The use of PFCs in Outdoor Clothing

Functional outdoor apparel is much less affected by passing fashion trends than casual wear. This in itself makes outdoor apparel much more sustainable, as such garments are often of a higher quality and thus both lasting and being used longer than ‘fast fashion’ items. There is, however, one area where the outdoor apparel industry has…

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Beading effect on DWR-treated rain jacket

The 5 sustainable brands you should know

In this post in our mini-series on sustainability in the outdoor apparel industry we start to have a look at some of the brands which do better than others when it comes to sustainability. The problem with deciding which brands are the most sustainable lies both in scale and transparency. In terms of scale, it…

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Sustainable outdoor brands

How to reduce the environmental footprint of your clothing?

Most hikers are environmentally aware and follow the more or less (un)written rules when venturing out in nature, such as: “Leave nothing but footprints”, “take nothing but pictures” and “kill nothing but time”. As described in the article Sustainable Outdoor Clothing Materials? it can be hard to be equally eco-conscious when shopping apparel for your…

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Global Organic Textile Standard

GPS Accuracy: Suunto Ambit vs Suunto 9

A little less than a year ago, I switched from the Suunto Ambit 2 watch to the brand-new Suunto 9. Suunto Ambit 2 was and is an extraordinary watch. It’s durable, simple to use and very accurate when it comes to GPS tracking. Furthermore, the battery life is just amazing. I was using the watch…

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GPS Accuracy: Suunto Ambit 2 vs Suunto 9

Sustainable outdoor clothing materials?

As hikers we all get to experience the negative impact of humans in the landscapes we spend our time in – whether it is the pollution of a local lake, an abundance of trash in nature, excessive logging or witnessing how the glacier in a national park gets smaller and smaller over the years. According…

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Sustainable outdoor clothing materials

Fleece VS Synthetic Fill Jackets: What to choose?

Over the last couple of years, the popularity of fleece jackets has decreased, and many hikers have replaced their fleece apparel with jackets insulated with synthetic fill. While synthetic fill jackets are indeed warmer for the weight and pack smaller, fleece does have certain advantages over synthetic fill. I own a fleece jacket (Mountain Hardwear…

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Fleece VS Synthetic Fill Jackets