Trailspace News is a free monthly newsletter covering outdoor gear news, reviews, and opinions. More Info - Back Issues - Subscribe
read this newsletter on Trailspace
Trailspace dot com  

In This Issue

Trailspace News

March 2012

New Tools for Writing Great Gear Reviews

One of our goals at Trailspace is to give our members the best tools to write and share great gear reviews. So we're excited to announce that we've launched a redesigned and enhanced version of our "write a review" form, and added the ability to edit reviews forever. Read more »

Ultimate Hiker's Giveaway

Want to be an ultimate hiker, or just gain some tips from the guy who is? We're giving away three copies of Andrew Skurka's The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide, thanks to National Geographic. To enter: Follow Trailspace on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, or write a great gear review. (And stay tuned for our Backcountry Gear Haiku contest in April!)

Trailspace Reviewer of the Month

Meet Rick-Pittsburgh, February's most helpful reviewer for a review of his Outdoor Research Prismatic Cap. He wins a Trailspace goodie pack. Congratulations, Rick!

Could you be next month's winner? Find out how.

Gear News

Ibex to move all production to North America

As part of Ibex's "big commitment to American-made products," the company will move its remaining Asian clothing production to the United States and Canada by 2014. Full story »

Avalanche airbags explode into spotlight

The number of avalanche airbags available to backcountry skiers and riders has exploded in North America in the past few years. And you've likely noticed that the safety devices are also getting more media attention, not just in the outdoor world. Full story »

Touring Swiftwick's Tennessee factory

Swiftwick, maker of compression socks for running, hiking, skiing, biking, and other outdoor sports, offers up the following video to showcase its domestic production. Does seeing where, how, and by whom products are made make a difference to your buying decisions? Full story »

Salewa Snow Trainer puts cotton-Kevlar in sole

Cotton kills, right? So, what's Salewa doing putting cotton in a snowshoe mountaineering boot? Relax. The small amount of cotton in the Snow Trainer Insulated GTX is in the bottom of its Vibram Icefriction outsole. Full story »

Recent User Reviews

Black Diamond Sprinter headlamp

Exped Air Pillow

First Ascent Serrano Jacket

GoLite Shangri-La 2 tent

Gregory Z55 backpack

La Sportiva Speedster climbing shoe

Lowa Tibet Pro GTX boots

Mountain Hardwear Elkommando Kilt

MSR Carbon Reflex 2 tent

MSR Mutha Hubba tent

photo: First Ascent Serrano Jacket
First Ascent Serrano Jacket


photo: La Sportiva Speedster
La Sportiva Speedster

myDIYgear Winter Hammock Sock

Optimus svea 123 stove

Outdoor Research Verglas Gaiters

Patagonia R1 Pullover

REI Arete ASL 2 Tent

SmartWool Midweight Funnel Zip

Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri stove

Trangia 27-5 Non-Stick cookset

Browse all user reviews by date, type, or brand.

Write a review of your favorite -- or least favorite -- piece of gear.

Update your existing Trailspace gear reviews.

Keep in Touch

If you enjoy Trailspace, please "Like" us on Facebook:

Keep up with Trailspace wherever you go: Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to our blog and articles RSS feed for real-time updates.

Trailspace Blog

Honey Stinger brings chocolate to Stinger Waffles

Happy 11th Birthday, Trailspace

"Get the Gear!" says Portlandia

Eat some Muddy Bean Boots this spring

How many cats or bacon slices can you fit in a pack?

More from the blog »

Keep up with Trailspace: subscribe to our blog and articles RSS feed for real-time updates.

Forum Highlights

Space blanket: myth or reality?


Choosing a kids pack

Sticky tent fly

Tick season starts early

Ibuprofen may reduce altitude sickness

Removing toenails/nail beds in the name of hiking

Video: Close to Dead

Trip Report: Meet-up of the Unicoi Mafia

Trip Report: Long Canyon Loop

Join the conversation in the Trailspace forums

© 2012

follow Trailspace: on Twitter on Facebook on YouTube on Google Plus