Author: Jesse

Mammut Stoney Hardshell Pants

Mammut Stoney Hardshell Pants Review

If you are someone who spends a lot of time on ski mountains and loves skiing powder, a good pair of bib pants are a necessity in my opinion.  The Mammut Stoney pants are...

Mammut Eigerjoch Hybrid Insulated Jacket

Mammut Eigerjoch Hybrid Insulated Jacket Review

In summary, I truly love the Mammut Eigerjoch Hybrid Jacket and give it a strong recommendation. Like all Mammut gear I’ve tested, the quality is very high and the design is extremely functional. This jacket is warm and weather resistant enough to serve as a light outer layer in most situations and breathable and flexible enough to be a nice mid layer under a shell. It feels and looks great and has exceptional mobility for a variety of activities. At $325, the Mammut Eigerjoch Hybrid Jacket doesn’t come cheap, but when you consider that you are essentially getting two pieces of apparel in one, the value proposition starts making more sense. I highly recommend checking it out either online or at your local Mammut dealer.

Gregory Citro 25 Backpack Review

NOTE: ADDITIONAL PICTURES COMING SHORTLY The Gregory Citro 25 Backpack is a 25 liter pack designed for day hikes and approaches on hot days.  It utilizes some of the company’s premium harness features to...

MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Camera Backpack Review

Good camera backpacks can be hard to come by because they all make various trade-offs while accomplishing the task of transporting your gear.  Some sacrifice accessibility for capacity while others have poor load carrying...

Urban Armor Gear Plyo Series Phone Case

Note: I tested the Galaxy Note 8 version of this case but it is also available for the iPhone 6/7/8 and some other phones. My needs for a smartphone case are fairly simple; drop...

JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker Review

The JBL Flip 4 is really an amazing little bit of technology, combining great sound, impressive volume, versatility in the form of IPX7 waterproofing, and useful features like voice assistant integration, a speakerphone, and the ability to link multiple speakers together.  All this adds up to an exceptional option that makes it one of the best portable bluetooth speakers available today.  At between $90 and $100 depending on where you pick it up, the Flip 4 is more expensive then a lot of the Chinese brands you’ll find on Amazon but the payback is a full featured product backed by a company with a lot of experience in the audio industry and I believe it’s worth the money.  Find out more at JBL.com.

Kuat NV 2.0 Hitch Mount Bike Rack Review

Kuat changed the game in the hitch-mounted bike rack segment with its original NV rack and quickly became the gold standard in this market.  Platform style racks have existed for a while but they’ve...

Smith Rover Mountain Bike Helmet Review

Smith has always made some of the best ski and snowboard helmets on the market and a few years ago they entered the discussion for best mountain bike helmet with the Forefront.  The Forefront...

SILCA T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque Kit Cycling Multi-Tool Review

The SILCA T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque Kit is an elegant and effective solution to most of your on the road/trail adjustment needs. It is an incredibly well-made, versatile tool that can be used in a variety of ways to fit your situation. The Ti-Torque allows precise measurement of tightening force so that you don’t damage any of your expensive carbon components and it covers the Nm range of 99% of bike adjustments you’d make on a ride. SILCA built this thing to last and the included case gives you a great indication of its premium quality. At $98, the T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque Kit is a serious investment for a tool, but considering the thousands it can save you on a cracked bike frame, it’s well worth the price. Find out more at silca.cc.