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Field Tested: Outdoor Research Stormtracker Heated Gloves

Electric gloves?! That’s got to be a gimmick right? Well… maybe not! I personally struggle with the unfortunate “cold hands” gene during long pitches ice climbing and when standing still too long on a winter hike. I’ve also experienced the dreaded “screaming barfies” far too many times while climbing (google it)! Wearing big bulky gloves…

Field Tested: Vasque Snowburban Winter Hiking Boots

When it comes to choosing footwear for any of my outdoor activities I’m particularly picky. This became a major issue when it came time to purchase a new pair of winter hiking boots. I tried several brands including Scarpa, Keen, Columbia, Salewa, and Asolo. None of the boots felt right. They would either be too bulky and stiff or too light weight with not enough insulation.After several weeks of hunting I finally ended up with a pair of Vasque Snowburban winter hiking boots. These boots are a nice compromise between a burly 3 season hiker and a winter mountaineering boot. 

Choosing A Personal Locator Device – SPOT Gen 3 Satellite Messenger Review

On long remote hikes or deep winter endeavors injuries that would otherwise make for a bad day, can be deadly. Cell phone service here in the north east can unreliable, or non-existent on my T-Mobile phone. It’s important to be able to signal for help when you’re in trouble in the back country. This is where PLB’s and Satellite Communicators come in. Before I continue, I’d like to state that I’m going to cover these devices from a layman’s perspective without delving too far into how they work, what frequencies they work on, etc…