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Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket & Pants Review 2020

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  The Helium line from Outdoor Research has set the standard in lightweight and packable rain shells for backcountry adventures and travel for years. In 2020, their updated Helium Rain Jacket and Rain Pants offer a better fit, improved waterproofing and durability, and are even lighter weight than before. The new Helium rainwear launched in spring of 2020 exclusively at REI. This is a sponsored post, but as always, our opinions and reviews are completely independent and unbiased. Quick Specs Helium Rain Jacket MSRP: $159 Measured weight (women’s medium): 5.9 oz. Measured weight (men’s large): 6.6 oz. View Men’s Helium...

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2020-06-01

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REVIEW – We currently have a single flashlight in our household.  It is rechargeable and has a nice base that it plugs into while waiting to be used.  On the rare occasions where I do need a flashlight, I often find myself competing with the spousal unit (old Saturday Night Live Coneheads reference!) as to who gets the flashlight.  So when the opportunity came up to review the Imalent DM35 flashlight, I jumped at the opportunity.  Let’s see if this flashlight ‘lights my world’! What is it? The Imalent DM35 is a 2000 lumens rechargeable spotlight flashlight.  I am emphasizing...

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We’ve logged hundreds of miles in the latest shoes this spring to help you find the best running shoes

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These fit every style and budget. Running is an uncomplicated sport — which is the way it should be. But it all starts with a pair of shoes. This spring, we’ve sifted through the jargon, new releases, and venerable kicks, and ran miles of road and trail to tease out which shoes rise to the top. It’s worth noting that this article specifically covers men’s road-running shoes. We also have a separate gear guide for the best women’s running shoes. And if you’re not sure what’s the right shoe for you, check out our buyer’s guide at the end of this...

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The Black Diamond Solution Guide Harness offers support, comfort, and extreme durability in a trad-specific harness.

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Climbing brands usually reserve advanced technology in a harness design for high-end sport climbers. As such, these svelte models continue to get lighter, sleeker, and more minimalist. But when Black Diamond released its trad-oriented Solution Guide Harness last fall, it gave it both tech and materials on par with its sport climbing models. I’ve been testing a sample since its release on multipitch granite in Colorado and single-pitch granite in Texas. In short: The Black Diamond Solution Guide Harness ($100 for men and women) is well-appointed and extraordinarily durable. It focuses on the needs of trad climbers vying for long multipitch objectives...

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This is the freest-feeling setup for sport and competition climbing.

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Mammut released the original Realization Shorts in 2013, and like many climbers, I scoffed. “Is there really a need for this? Is this better in any way?” I thought. Essentially shorts with a built-in harness, the Mammut Realization Shorts presented a super-niche product. It seemed unnecessary and gimmicky. Sport climbing harnesses are super-lightweight while remaining comfortable, and I can take them off without changing pants. I just didn’t get it. I’ve been testing both the original Realization Shorts and the 2.0 version, launched last spring, for a full year. And, like the shorts, my thoughts have evolved. They do indeed have a...

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