For Women Who DO.



Osprey Mira AG 26L

Before I dive into the review of the Osprey Mira AG 26 ($165), a gratuitous rant is needed. So much of the outdoor industry’s spin on women-specific gear feels like a pervasive marketing gimmick to “reach women” and “engage them… Continue Reading →

Club Ride Joy Ride

The Club Ride Joy Ride ($89) is an urban cycling knicker that works equally well on singletrack. That’s the nice thing about testing out a pile of bike shorts: the opportunities to find use value beyond their intended marketing campaigns…. Continue Reading →

Bryton Rider 310

The Bryton Rider 310 ($100) tracks speed, cadence, heart rate, power and altitude, offers 5 different data screens and up to 8 data points on each that allow the cyclist to track up to 70 different metrics. If you don’t think you need… Continue Reading →

Mountain Hardwear Sarafin long-sleeve bomber jacket

The name of the Mountain Hardware Sarafin long-sleeve bomber jacket ($130) doesn’t really do it justice. It’s not really a “jacket” but a sweater and a durable one at that. Made in Italy, the Sarafin is made of a double-knit recycled… Continue Reading →

ZOIC Navaeh shorts

The ZOIC Navaeh ($85) is a cross-country/all-mountain mountain bike short. Before I dive into the review, a moment of painful reflection is needed. I’m in the unfortunate position of starting mountain biking in the early 1980’s. Unfortunate because in those… Continue Reading →

Shredly Jana shorts

The Shredly Jana ($95) is an all-mountain/cross-country mountain bike short that is made in the U.S.A. There are two things that stand out for me with Shredly. First, it was started by Colorado mountain biker Ashley Rankin (via a Kickstarter campaign),… Continue Reading →

Vasque Monolith Mid Ultra-Dry

Vasque has a long history of making high-quality hiking boots that range from super-light-ability-to-run-from-bears-and-bad-weather dayhikers to full-on-hiking-to-Everest-Base-Camp-weight. I recently sampled the Vasque Monolith Ultra Dry ($129.99) boots that fall half-way between outrunning bears and a nosebleed at 14,000 feet. What I… Continue Reading →

Smith Forefront

The Smith Forefront ($220) is a lightweight cycling helmet with Koroyd technology to provide additional impact protection. Koroyd? (Click link and engage sub-woofers). Koroyd is a thick honeycomb-looking sheet between the helmet and the head that is a series of thousands of… Continue Reading →

POC Trabec Race MIPS

The POC Trabec Race MIPs ($230) is a cycling helmet with a MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) liner to provide additional impact protection. While I have no first-hand experience with how well it protects a head (intentionally testing impact protection… Continue Reading →

ZOIC Ether Camo mountain bike shorts

Once in a while, Gear Gals welcomes Guest Gear Guys to review products from a guy’s perspective. Today’s Guest Gear Guy is Brian, husband of Gear Gal Marie. Brian has been testing the Zoic Ether Camo ($90) mountain bike shorts… Continue Reading →

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