I plan on writing a series of gear reviews now that I can speak to the long-term durability and function of the items I use. :

I swear by as the most reliable source for reviews and comparisons. I almost never make a gear purchase without consulting their great “price vs. value” charts. Their “Best Buy” is often the option I choose.


Outerwear: Arcteryx Beta AR hardshell, Marmot ROM softshell jacket, REI Mistral softshell pants, Red Ledge full-zip rain pants

Insulating: MontBell Alpine Light Parka, Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody, Patagonia R1 fleece hoody

Baselayers: Smartwool midweight merino, Minus 33 Allagash lighweight merino

Hiking: Prana Stretch Zion convertible pants

Footwear: Salewa Rapace GTX mountaineering boot, Zamberlan Crosser Plus GTX boots, La Sportiva Ultra Raptor trail runner

Outdoor Equipment:

Backpacks: Black Diamond Speed 40 (strippable day/overnight pack), Gregory Palisades (weeklong expedition pack)

Trekking Poles: Black Diamond Alpine Carbon

Headlamp: Black Diamond ReVolt

Crampons: CAMP Stalker (steel universal crampon)

Sleeping Bags: Marmot Plasma 15

Sleeping Pad: Thermarest Z-Lite, Thermarest NeoAir XTherm

Tent: MontBell Crescent 2

Stove: SnowPeak GigaPower



Touring: Dynafit Denali/Dynafit Speed Radical; 

In-bounds: K2 Annex 98/Marker Baron;

Old skis: BD Revert/Dynafit Vertical FT

Boots: Technica Cochise Pro Light

Ski Mountaineering: Dynafit 100mm Crampon, BD Whippet self-arrest pole

Beacon/Shovel/Probe: Arva Evo3+ beacon, Snow Eco shovel, Light 240 probe


Camera: iPhone SE Panasonic Lumix TS-2 (rugged, waterproof point and shoot), GoPro Hero3+ Silver

Watch: Garmin ForeRunner 210 (GPS/HRM)


Helmet: Petzl Meteor III+

Harness: Black Diamond Momentum AL

Shoes: 5.10 Coyote


Road bike: Trek Madone 4.5 2011

Shoes: Specialized

Pedals: Shimano SPD


Dynafit TLT boots, MSR reactorJetboil, a proper 4 season tent


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