Doug Schnitzspahn

Westcomb Cruiser – Hard Shell: Reviews

Westcomb Cruiser – Hard Shell: Reviews

Heading someplace hot and wet? The Cruiser is your jacket. It's cut from eVent fabric—arguably the most breathable waterproof fabric on the market—and has big pit zips for extra venting. As...

Powderhorn Jesse James - Pants: Reviews

Powderhorn Jesse James - Pants: Reviews

Warm, yet wild. Touches of corduroy give these waterproof, PrimaLoft-insulated pants a dash of outlaw flash. But what feels downright illegal is when you shed your base-layer bottoms, go commando,...

Hydrapak Laguna - Daypacks: Reviews

Hydrapak Laguna - Daypacks: Reviews

VERSATILITY CHAMP"Exactly what a daypack should be," said one tester—and that's the best way to describe the Laguna. With the ability to expand from 500 to 800 cubic inches, the Laguna's just...

Dakine Pro 2 - Day Backpacks: Reviews

Dakine Pro 2 - Day Backpacks: Reviews

FREERIDER'S DELIGHTIt's tough to find a backcountry pack that carries skis as well as a snowboard, but the 1,600-cubic-inch Pro 2 excels at both. An easy-to-use retract­able-cable system can...

FlyLow Kung Fu - Soft Shell Jackets: Reviews

FlyLow Kung Fu - Soft Shell Jackets: Reviews

DUDE CRED Good for Backcountry FlyLow has a sense of humor. The care-instructions tag in this piece advises you first to "Drink Cold Beer." But the Denver-based company also has a solid reputation...

Osprey Flap Jack Pack - Day Backpacks: Reviews

Osprey Flap Jack Pack - Day Backpacks: Reviews

Urban HikerHalf messenger bag, half backpack: That's the easiest way to describe this 1,500-cubic-inch urban hauler. With a well-cushioned 15.4-inch laptop pocket and a DWR-coated, splash-resistant...

The North Face Patrol 35 - Daypack: Reviews

The North Face Patrol 35 - Daypack: Reviews

1.The Patrol 35 nails the most important feature in a winter pack: how well it carries skis or a snowboard. TNF's Fly-Trap carrying system compresses skis (A-frame or diagonally) or board (vertically...

Mountainsmith Phoenix - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

Mountainsmith Phoenix - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

GREEN-MINDED AND OLD-SCHOOLMountainsmith managed to build the Phoenix out of an impressive 85 percent recycled materials, including 100 percent recycled PET fabric, recycled mesh back panel and...

Helly Hansen Convertor Ekolab – Hard Shell: Reviews

Helly Hansen Convertor Ekolab – Hard Shell: Reviews

Both the Ekolab's vegetable-based waterproof-breathable membrane and DWR finish are fluorocarbon-free and recyclable. Testers were a bit skeptical that the sustainable chemistry would perform as well...

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