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Gear reviews by the Ashland Outdoor Store.

Fleece is Dead!

Fleece is dead! Long live soft shell and synthetic insulation! Your thoughts? Comment on this below or get more involved by joining our Forum discussion about this topic. Update 1/7/12 – Several people have started chiming in on the Forum. … Continue reading

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Favorite Outerwear Piece

Looking around at all the cool outerwear currently at the store, the AOS staff started talking about our favorite outerwear pieces.  Everyone seemed to chime in with their own story of an awesome garment and why they thought it was … Continue reading

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Suunto Vector

Pros: Highly water-resistant. Easy to read digital display, containing both simple visual indicators and clear numbers. Holds altitude data accurately over time/descent/ascent, provides very accurate absolute and sea level barometric data – in terms of both overnight accumulation and change … Continue reading

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Petzl Sama Climbing Harness

Orange. Refined. Also highly breathable. According to Petzl’s advertising, masochists gave this an awful review. I can see why they would do this, as the thing barely even seems like something you would wear over your clothes – it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Big Agnes Seedhouse 2

I love talking about tents. Tents make me feel excited. Though I rarely use them (only when it’s absolutely necessary, per mosquitoes/inclement weather), I am very picky about design and little details. Big Agnes is innovating! Seriously – pole design, … Continue reading

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Petzl Corax Climbing Harness

Both Petzl and Black Diamond make climbing equipment of incredible quality. Arc’teryx also makes some really incredible lightweight harnesses – ideal for gym climbers or dedicated lightweight sport climbers. Don’t let this review influence your personal preferences too much – … Continue reading

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Sea-To-Summit Pocket Shower

Pros: Super lightweight and packable. Has a large water capacity for how small it packs. Nozzle allows for adjustable flow, and is easy to use. Cons: Doesn’t heat as fast as some similar ‘solar’ shower models. However, if left all … Continue reading

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Black Diamond Venom Ice Axe

Pros: Fairly lightweight, with a very well-balanced swing. It plunges and self-arrests very well. The slightly bent shaft provides additional clearance over snow/ice. The tech pick provides good balance between technical performance on ice/hard snow and self-arrest capability, but can … Continue reading

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Black Diamond Octane Pack

28L, 1,700 cu in. 2lbs 11oz. (size Medium) Outside Magazine’s Gear of the Year Award Winner: 2010 Pros: Lightweight, but able to carry weight easily. A lack of extraneous features and a streamlined top-loading design makes 28L feel more like … Continue reading

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Petzl Tikka XP 2 Headlamp

Pros: Lightweight, incredibly bright, competatively priced. Long battery life, but without added bulk of an external battery pack above your neck. Versatile modes – spotlight, floodlight, blinkers, and red LED for your star chart or secret missions. The recent redesign … Continue reading

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