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Sombriolet Sun Hat

rated 4.5 of 5 stars An all-around great hat for keeping the sun off my bald head and neck. Very comfortable, breathable, and lightweight. After many years of wearing ball caps, this summer I switched to a full-brim hat for summer hiking, canoeing, and other adventures. The main reason for the switch was because I was tired of lathering up my ears and neck with sunblock, only to get fried anyways. The OR Sombriolet has solved my issues and much more! (Very) leisurely paddling the Allegheny River. Fit and Comfort:I have… Full review

Foray Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I've had the jacket for years, and mostly it looks new. The interior fabric shows signs of wear, but the outside is great. I've never had a problem with the jacket. It's worked for travel and hiking in Europe, Asia, North America, and New Zealand. I went for black/grey, so I can use it in the city too. I wear a medium, which fits me well. It's not a tight/athletic fit, more casual. I purchased this to have one do-everything shell. It goes skiing, hiking, and just goes to work when it's raining. Full review

Highcamp 3-Finger Gloves

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Good but not perfect. A compromise between warmth and dexterity that works reasonably well in most situations. I had a pair of the original Mutant and wanted to replicate the functionality of the original, the military version being too heavy and stiff by comparison. Going by the OR website sizing guide I ordered a pair of XL but they were too big, I then ordered a pair of Large but they turned out to be a tad small and tight. Luckilly I had in my stash a pair of early OR liner glioves in a very… Full review

Alpine Bivy

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Works well in the summer, but a lot of condensation in cold weather. I switched to this bivy from an MSR tent to save weight. During the summer and warmer months it works great. Two complaints. For the high cost, OR could have included a way to keep the hood open while using the bug net. Also, during cold and damp weather, condensation builds up greatly. I spent a very cold and wet night last fall and learned to bring a tent in cold weather. Full review

ActiveIce Spectrum Sun Gloves

rated 5 of 5 stars Good solution to intense sun on hands. These gloves are a great idea for sun protection on an area of the body (hands) that I find gets relatively little attention. Due to persistent activity/use, I find sunscreen on hands (especially on the back) is short-lived. These fingerless gloves provide functional sun screening, while allowing dexterity. Very comfortable...breathable. Used during snow climbs where sun is intense. Expect they'd be good on the water too. Full review

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One-Piece Jacket, Dial-a-Headlamp, Electrifying Gloves: OR Day 3
A jacket made from one sheet of North Face waterproof-breathable fabric, a Princeton Tec headlamp that switches modes with a dial, and new Outdoor Research gloves that include electric heat. Join us for Day 3 of Outdoor Retailer. Read more
January 25, 2014

A $2K Tent, Self-Motivated Headlamp, More Gear News
A $2,000 Cuben tent from Easton, a headlamp with "optic motility" from Snow Peak, plus final gear highlights from brands exhibiting at summer Outdoor Retailer. Read more
August 4, 2013

Outdoor Retailer's Softer Side: New Apparel Lines, Triple Crown Buffs, Footwear
We take a first look at some softgoods that caught our eye at Outdoor Retailer, including new apparel from La Sportiva, The North Face, and Outdoor Research, Trailblazer long trail Buffs, and footwear from Vasque, Timberland, and Columbia. Read more
January 22, 2012

Outdoor Retailer Gear Preview: Warm and Dry Apparel
In our final Outdoor Retailer gear preview we highlight insulation and outerwear. Expect even more puffy jackets, plus down and wool insulation and mid and outer layers in the backcountry, and around town. Read more
January 16, 2012

What Would Santa Wear?
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December 22, 2011

Outdoor Retailer: Clothing highlights from head to toe
Judging by the quantity and variety of technical apparel shown at Outdoor Retailer last week, no outdoorsperson should complain that he or she can't find something appropriate to wear for their favorite backcountry activity. Here are a few clothing highlights, from head to toe, culled from the masses of wool, down, softshell, and other fabrics on display. Read more
January 25, 2011

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