Category: Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Salewa Ultra Train 2 Hiking Shoe
Footwear Reviews

Gear Review: Salewa Ultra Train 2 Hiking Shoe

alewa’s Ultra Train 2 is a trail shoe specifically designed for speed hiking, fastpacking, and high alpine mountain training. The low-profile upper has a precise fit with a durable and protective outer shell. The protective 8mm drop midsole and aggressive Michelin compound outsole are carryovers from the original Ultra Train, which will be welcome news to those that enjoyed the original. I’ve been wear testing the¬†Salewa’s Ultra Train 2 since they were released a few months ago, and will share my experience in this review.¬†

Gear Review Sony FE 50mm F/1.8 SEL50F18F
Camera and Electronics Reviews

Gear Review: Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens

The¬†Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 is the most affordable Sony lens available for full frame e-mount cameras. The Sony FE 50mm isn’t going to win any awards for build quality with it’s plastic construction, but I was pretty impressed with its performance and the images I was able to get during my months of testing. In this review I’ll provide my opinion of this lens as well as images samples.

Gear Review: Adidas Terrex Swift R2 Hiking Shoes
Footwear Reviews

Gear Review: Adidas Terrex Swift R2 Hiking Shoes

The¬†Adidas Terrex Swift R2 is a burly, rugged, and sturdy trail shoe that’s made to tackle long hikes and backpacking trips. The Swift R2 is built on a stable 10mm drop platform with a sturdy board lasted midsole. The aggressive full coverage outsole uses a super sticky Continental rubber compound for a sure footed stride on wet and dry trails.

Gear Review La Sportiva Lycan Trail Running Hiking
Footwear Reviews

Gear Review: La Sportiva Lycan Trail Shoe

The Lycan is a brand new mountain running trail shoe from¬†La Sportiva. The Lycan is nimble and light, combining a highly responsive midsole with a sticky and low profile outsole. I’ve been using the Lycan as a light hiker and as my go-to trail running shoe since their release, and will share my thoughts in this review.

Gear Review: Salomon XA Elevate Hiking Shoe
Footwear Reviews

Gear Review: Salomon XA Elevate Trail Shoe

The XA Elevate is Salomon’s newest entry into their “On & Off Trail” shoe line-up. These shoes are designed for high alpine pursuits and are perfectly suited for steep terrain and challenging underfoot conditions. The XA Elevate is built on a highly stable 8mm-drop midsole, and has a Premium Wet-Traction Contragrip outsole that clings on to anything and everything.¬†

Gear Review: Julbo Explorer 2.0 With Camel Lenses
Clothing, Apparel, and Accessories Reviews

Gear Review: Julbo Explorer 2.0 Sunglasses With Camel Lenses

The iconic Julbo Explorer has been updated to version 2.0 and I’ve been wear testing them since last year. The major updates come to the frame, and I couldn’t be more impressed with their performance. If you need a pair of sunglasses for long day hikes, alpine outings, or mountaineering, these could be the shades for you. See why in this review.