OWA Review: Outdoor Research Women’s Hemispheres Jacket

What: Outdoor Research Women’s Hemispheres Jacket Where to buy: backcountry.com, moosejaw.com, outdoorresearch.com, rei.com, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk Perfect for: outer shell for active pursuits (working your way up the skin track, snowy or windy winter hikes) *Note: I'm part of Outdoor Research’s #ORInsightLab, a team of testers who voluntarily share their findings after testing product. The #ORInsightLab testers are not asked to publish positive reviews, and no financial compensation [...]

It Never Fits: Clothing Reviews by “Hard-to-Fit” Outdoor Women

We teamed up with REI and outdoor women in our community for a special summer clothing review roundup. The aim? To find pieces to that work for the self-described "hard to fit" areas of outdoor women. Filter the finds using the categories in the review section below, then click on an image to dig into a deeper review. REI is even helping one [...]

OWA Review: Outdoor Research Women’s Stormbound Mitt

What: Outdoor Research Stormbound Mitt Where to buy: backcountry.com, outdoorresearch.com, amazon.ca, amazon.co.uk, amazon.com Perfect for: those sub-freezing ski and snowboarding situations when your gloves are wimping out but your over-the-cuff mittens look like overkill *Note: I am part of Outdoor Research’s #ORInsightLab, a team of testers who voluntarily share their findings after testing product. #ORInsightLab testers are not asked to publish positive reviews, and no [...]

OWA Review: Outdoor Research Women’s Ascendant Hoody

What: Outdoor Research Women’s Ascendant Hoody Where to buy: backcountry.com, campsaver.com, ems.com, moosejaw.com, outdoorresearch.com, amazon.com Perfect for: climbing and active pursuits as an outer layer on cool to chilly days, even with humidity *Note: I am part of Outdoor Research’s #ORInsightLab, a team of testers who voluntarily share their findings after testing product. #ORInsightLab testers are not asked to publish positive reviews, and no financial compensation was [...]

10 Must Haves for Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

words and photos by Annie van Hees Our kitchen was enveloped in a cloud of turmeric and dried goods. Ziploc bags were lined up on the center island; freeze dried soups and spices were strewn amidst the bags delegated for dinners. In theory, preparing our own food for the biggest and longest backpacking trip any of us had taken was an exciting decision. [...]