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Ghost Rain Hat

rated 4 of 5 stars Best all around outdoor hat that I've found yet for our moist, often unpredictable, Pacific Northwest USA weather! Three-season especially rain (but not summer) use, with adjustment options, giving unparalleled flexibility. Classic outback form styling. Had Indiana Jones lived out here, the Ghost might well have been his hat! Almost perfect already and my guess is that later generations may soon be. It was talk my wife into me getting this or wear her purple n' black Seattle Sombrero.  Her S'brero… Full review

Ferrosi Pants

rated 5 of 5 stars Extremely comfortable, great wind resistance, very stretchy, and fit great. I was in the market for a wind resistant pair of pants (not windproof as I get warm absurdly easily), after having wearing (and loving) the Ferrosi Jacket for a couple of years, I decided to try these out. The first time I tried them on, I loved them. I then wore them out on a bike ride in 45 degree weather, and wondered how I ever lived without them. Right when I got back from my bike ride I bought another pair. These pants… Full review

Mentor Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars My favorite and go-to hardshell jacket — good length, fit, and weight. Used primarily for backcountry skiing and alpine hikes in the shoulder seasons. Used this jacket in the field for last two years. Great fit that works over different layers (for variety of temperatures / conditions). I've been happy with the water resistance, and retreated with Nikwax after the first season of regular use. Have used regularly with a pack (both ski packs and 65 liter backpacks) and with several helmets. The… Full review

Helium II Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Fantastic lightweight rain jacket, but at the cost of adjustability. I picked up the Helium II as a replacement for my old RedHed rain jacket which finally gave out after 7 years of abuse. While I have only had the Helium II for a few months now, the amount of rain and wind we've had lately has given me plenty of opportunities to test it! FIT:  I ordered my Helium II one size too large with the intention of layering it over a down jacket while hiking. Even with this in mind, the fit is very nice. Full review

Helium Hybrid Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars As the name implies, this is a hybrid between a windshirt and a rain jacket. It's lightweight jacket and a good choice when the forecast looks good, but as we all know can change. I was intrigued when I came across this garment—a hybrid between a windshirt and a rain jacket. I often head out to the mountains with the forecast favorable, but know that mountain showers are always a possibility and thus carry both a windshirt and a hardshell—but rarely wearing the hardshell. This garment gives… 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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