The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elevate ($180), which Pearl Izumi bills as the cycling shoe for scouting lines, hike-a-bike’ing and “explosive bursts of power on technical climbs.” I bill it as the cycling shoe that is the result of a cross-pollination between a mountain bike shoe and a lightweight dayhiker. But that’s the high-point. Let me […]
The Mountainsmith Cycle Cube ($80) is one of those pieces of gear you never knew you needed until you got one and then you wonder how you made it this far in life without one. And that sums up the Intro, Review and Conclusion. Easiest review ever! What I loved Size. Pre-Mountainsmith Cycle Cube days […]Mountainsmith
Despite the economy, camping is—and always will be—the best value for a vacation. Since food is a necessity, so is a cooking system. One such cooking system is the GSI Pinnacle Backpacker ($95), an integrated pot, pan, bowl, cup and wash basin to feed two campers. I’m a cooking fiend at home. My kitchen is […]GSI Outdoors
Water bottles are like bags and purses. You can never have too many, specific water bottles have specific purposes, and when you find one you love, you forsake all others. Like so many others before me, plastic waterbottles have always been the go-to waterbottle for hiking, biking and travel because of their feathery-light weight. But […]GSI Outdoors
In 2015, my trusty Sierra Designs Lunatic soft-shell gave up the fight. The search for its replacement was a journey full of fleeting moments of hope that ultimately ended in disappointment. You see, the Lunatic was the perfect balance of weight, warmth and breathability. With a down sweater as a midlayer, I could downhill ski, […]The North Face
The Toad & Co Jetlite Crop Pant ($80) could be the New Enlightening in travel and hiking wear. They are comfortable, they fit well, and they don’t feel like capris. The soft and supple Polyester/Spandex blend makes them feel…well…soft, supple and silky. If you don’t have a pair in your hiking/travel wardrobe, that’s a problem! […]Toad and Co.
Kayakers, rafters and canoers have always relied on Watershed Drybags, the industry pioneer of 100 percent submersible drybags, to keep sensitive gear dry. Now, Watershed is hitting the bike trails with the Watershed McKenzie ($129), their first-ever handlebar bike bag! What I loved Made in the U.S.A. With so many products mass-produced and made overseas, it’s a pleasure to […]Watershed
The country that birthed Dale of Norway Sweaters, Olympic Gold Medalist Kari Traa and shield maidens has yet another notch on the bedpost of innovation: Brynje of Norway Wool Thermo Long Sleeve Shirt with Inlay ($94.95) and Wool Thermo Longs with Inlay ($94.95)! I first learned about Brynje of Norway in 2010 when my husband—who […]Brynje of Norway
The Hiplok Z LOK COMBO ($24.99) is a zip tie on steroids—except that it’s made with an 8mm reinforced steel core and a three-digit combination lock system. To be clear, I know of no bike lock that is 100% theft-proof. Once, in Amsterdam, I watched a local thug saw through two solid, heavy Dutch-style security […]hiplok
The North St. Route Seven pannier ($130) is a durable, waterproof pannier that is made in the U.S. It has a fast and simple rack mounting system that securely attaches the pannier to the rack. It’s lightweight, very well made and is an outstanding price to value option for the bike commuter. Ahhh…bike commuting. I […]North St.