Protecting your head is a crucial part of any sporting activity and the best ski helmets do just that. There's no question that skiing was just a natural fit for my love of the outdoors, winter, and adrenaline when I was a kid. Racing down a snow-packed hill at high speeds, enjoying the blur of green pine trees, focusing ahead on anything in the way - all of it is just an … [Read more...] about The Best Ski Helmets Reviewed
When it comes to hitting the slopes, you want to make sure you have all your gear properly packed up and ready to go. For those of us who have only skied a couple times, and always rented skis and ski boots from the counter, the idea of a bag just for ski boots might seem funny or obsessive. However, as skiing becomes a more consistent form of winter sport, this starts making a … [Read more...] about The Best Ski Boot Bags Reviewed
I'll never forget the excitement and adrenaline rush that came from the first times my brother and I ever got to ski. I was only 10, but we were visiting Grandpa in Colorado, and one of the gifts over Christmas were ski lessons over 4 days. So some of my early childhood memories are learning to ski on the Rocky Mountains, rushing down the slopes, learning to slow and stop, and … [Read more...] about Best Ski Boots to Hit the Slopes
Emergency locator beacons are an important piece of equipment. While often called avalanche locators for winter warriors who are a bit worried about what the slopes or winter trails might bring, the truth is that there are actually many types of emergency receivers or beacons that serve a wide variety of purposes and they are better than ever. Whether to set off in case … [Read more...] about Best Emergency Locator Beacons: For More Than Just Avalanche Season!
I don't care what season it is, it's always a good time for a hike. However, some seasons have particular challenges. While summer demands sunscreen and plenty of extra water, and perhaps some portable shade, while a great winter hike means you'll want some quality high gaiters to keep the snow out of your boots! Tucking your jeans into your boots only works so much (if you … [Read more...] about Best High Gaiters for the Winter Sportsman
My first experience with products like these came when I was only 10 years old, and we were on a family trip in the Rocky Mountains to visit my grandparents on my Dad's side of the family. We were learning to ski right there in the Rocky Mountains, and part of making sure we stayed warm involved these little packets that would go in the boot and keep the feet comfortably warm … [Read more...] about HotHands Foot Warmers & Toe Warmers: Warm Winter Bliss!
There are some pieces of outdoor gear that are all but impossible to ignore or forget (like a giant family tent), but then there are small pieces of equipment that can be easy to overlook but are no less important. An ice axe (also spelled as ice ax) is one of those outdoor tools. Whether you are a regular scaling some questionable areas, an ultralight hiker on a thru-hike … [Read more...] about The Best Ice Axes Reviewed for 2019
While many people just refer to them as ski masks, not bothering to note the differences that make balaclavas what they are, this specialty winter wear has an interesting history, as it's name would suggest. The top gear for winter weather use, able to keep your head and face extremely warm (at least when you stay with the top picks like the ones on this list), and give you the … [Read more...] about Top Rated Balaclavas (Ski Masks) for Warm Winter Skiing
Talking about crampons might not be sexy, but there's a reason they're so important to many backpackers, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. There are many outdoor adventures I've managed to check off of the bucket list, and many more that I want to eventually knock off of my ridiculously long travel & outdoors bucket list, but one thing I'd like to avoid is careening … [Read more...] about Best Crampons (Ice/Snow Cleats) for Dicey Snowy Paths
Emergency winter blankets are a popular addition to any travel survival gear, and for good reason. Whether you're looking at heavy duty designs from some of the old school companies that can give some degree of secure warmth in a pinch in winter survival situations, or the lighter new versions that work better as a versatile piece of equipment for emergencies or as a … [Read more...] about Best Emergency Winter Blankets: Be Prepared for Winter Survival!
Note: This is an individual product review looking at the Stoikd emergency blankets (mylar). Although they did send us a complimentary product to review, this is not a sponsored post. We give only 100% completely honest reviews based on our experience. This remains true whether good, bad, or ugly. We have not been paid or further compensated for this post beyond the free review … [Read more...] about Stoikd Emergency Blankets Reviewed: Individual Product Review
The cooling in the air, the promise of cold weather (and snow in the north) coming soon always meant one thing in our family: hunting season was on its way! Coming from a family of hunters and being surrounded by that culture growing up in Iowa and then spending time in Alaska, I understand how religiously frequent hunters go over their gear and make sure they check and double … [Read more...] about Best Winter Hunting Gloves Reviewed