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. [...]

OWA Review: Outdoor Research Flyaway Zip Hoody

review and photos by Gina Bégin What: Outdoor Research Flyaway Zip Hoody (Hat featured in the photos: OR's "Cobija" Trucker Cap) Where to buy: backcountry.com, campsaver.com, ems.com, rei.com Perfect for: cooler weather when you expect to work up a sweat *Note: I am part of Outdoor Research’s #ORInsightLab, a team of testers who voluntarily share their findings after testing product. #ORInsightLab testers are [...]

Best in 2017 Women’s Ski & Snowboard Gear

On the hunt for the best women's ski & snowboard gear coming up in 2017 at the 2016 Snowsports Industries America's on-snow demo days. Photo: Kersten Vasey   Our team spent February in Denver at the SIA Snow Show and at Copper Mountain for the On-Snow Demo checking out what's coming up in 2017 women's ski and snowboard gear. After four [...]

Getting to Know GORE-TEX: The science of staying dry

Water poured down from above. I peered out from underneath my hood to look around the room, bright fluorescent lights illuminating the water streaming down the glass doors and the arms of my jacket. There, in the “Rain Room” at one of W.L. Gore & Associates’ plants outside of Newark in Delaware, I was witnessing one of many steps involved in testing the waterproof, breathable [...]

OWA Reviews: Outdoor Research Igneo Pants

  What: Outdoor Research Igneo Pants (women's) Where to Buy: backcountry.com, ems.com, moosejaw.com, rockcreek.com Perfect For: Inbounds and lift-accessed backcountry skiers *Disclaimer: I received the pants from Outdoor Research to test and review. I am part of the #ORInsightLab team; however, I was not asked to publish a positive review in exchange for the gear or as a stipulation of being a member of the team, only to [...]

OWA Reviews: Stio Second Light Jacket

  What: Stio Second Light Jacket Where to Buy: stio.com Perfect For: Cool weather, high-aerobic activities *Disclaimer: I received the jacket from Stio to test and review. I was not asked to publish a positive review in exchange, and I received no financial compensation for this review. At OWA, our aim is to publish reviews on gear that, after testing, we feel would be beneficial [...]