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Shannon, our fabulous female tester, takes gear testing to a new level for women. When not at work or school, she is most likely training for a marathon, climbing one of Colorado’s tallest peaks, riding her road bike, or skiing down a mountain slope. Like many women, Shannon gets cold easily, therefore, we try to test the best all weather gear to help her stay warm and dry during all day outdoor pursuits. In the warmer months, Shannon enjoys exploring the Colorado backcountry with her friends and dogs and attempts to escape for as many trail runs as her schedule allows. Shannon is a great women’s tester because she gives readers true insight into how a product may perform for an active woman.

Primus Kamoto Openfire Pit and Openfire Pan Review

Primus Kamoto OpenFire Pit

Primus Kamoto Openfire Pit If you like to go camping, then it is imperative to know and understand the “Leave No Trace” principles. Plan ahead and prepare Travel and camp on durable surfaces Dispose of waste properly Leave what you find Minimize campfire impacts Respect wildlife Be consider of other visitors The new Primus Kamoto Openfire Pit and Pan ensures ...

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Outdoor Research Moxie Shorts Review

Outdoor Research Moxie Short

The Outdoor Research Moxie Shorts are the perfect trail short; they combine whisper light fabric overtop wicking, comfortable, stay-in place boys-shorts. The Moxie Shorts out perform any other two layer short that I have tested in years prior, as the sizing of the two layers are spot on. The boy-short liner peaks out the bottom slightly, yet avoids getting the ...

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Mountain Hardwear Breeze AC Tank Review

  The Mountain Hardwear Breeze AC Tank is a runner’s dream for summer and hot temperatures. The Breeze AC Tank is appropriately named, as it weighs a mere 4.8 oz and its’ loose fit allows airflow in all directions. The Breeze AC Tank features “all-over perforation”, which means that Mountain Hardwear has utilized breathable mesh fabric that has small air ...

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Women’s Spring Hiking Guide

Spring in the mountains means a transition from our beloved winter-time activities and the return of trail based activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, trail running, and climbing. As the snow melts in Colorado, many flock to warmer climates to jump start the summer activities. Here at ActiveGearReview we did just that and headed for some fun in the sun to ...

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Headsweats Trucker Hats Review

Trucker hats can be found everywhere these days: at the bar, coffee shop, on backcountry ski tours, and pretty much any trail running adventure. I too have been sucked into the craze and often sport local Steamboat companies, such as Big Agnes or our local running series on my favorite trucker hat. Prior to the trucker hat, I wore many ...

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Outdoor Research Women’s Ferrosi Windshirt Review

Outdoor Research Ferrosi Windshirt

Ferrosi Fabric Last summer, the male gear reviewer in the house got a pair of Outdoor Research Ferrosi shorts to review (full review here). I was instantly jealous of the fabric and wished I could own a piece of gear that featured the incredible stretch and comfort. Fortunately, I’ve had the opportunity to ski (skate and alpine touring), hike, bike, ...

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Ruffwear Front Range Harness Review

The Ruffwear Front Range Harness is a great option for your dog if you need more control when walking or if you have an escape artist that can slip his/her collar. The harness is comfortable and extremely easy to slip on and off your dog, making it ideal for a trip around the neighborhood or an all day adventure. Ruffwear ...

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G3 FINDr 102 Ski and G3 Ion 12 Binding Review

G3 FINDr 102 Ski The G3 FINDr 102 ski performed exactly as the G3 website states, “bridging the gap between fat, floaty powder skis and super light mountaineering skis.” No matter the conditions, the G3 FINDr 102 met the demands of the day, making this ski a possible quiver of one ski. I’ve been testing out the G3 FINDr 102 ...

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Native Eyewear Upslope Goggle Review

  Native Eyewear Lens Features The Native Eyewear Upslope Goggles feature SnowTuned lenses that are a double spherical lens (double>single layered lenses for barrier and more resistant to fogging).  The spherical lens allows for a greater peripheral field of view. Combine the spherical lens with the viewing radius of 7.75″ and the Upslope Goggles provide a wide, unobstructed field of ...

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