OWA Reviews: Ocean Kayak Malibu Pedal

What: Ocean Kayak Malibu Pedal Where to buy: moosejaw.com, rei.com, amazon.com Perfect for: gentle kayaking with kids and dogs Tester: Elizabeth Harwood *Note: No financial compensation was received for this review. The tester was asked to record her findings, positive and negative, when testing the kayak. At OWA, the aim is to only publish reviews on gear that, after testing, is found to be beneficial [...]

OWA Review: 3 Women’s Winter Camping Sleeping Bags

Are you looking to venture into winter camping or step it up a notch? Need an update to your winter sleeping bag? After testing in the field, our Wasatch Front Grassroots Team Leader, Denver Bauter, and our Grassroots Program Manager, Rachael Denis, review these three bags for their varying degrees of winter worthiness. Read on: Big Agnes Ethel 0 Degree Women's Regular Sleeping Bag Reviewer: [...]

OWA Reviews: Teton Sports Mountain Ultra 1 + 2 Tents

words and photos: Annie van Hees What: Teton Sports Mountain Ultra 1 and 2 backpacking tents Where to buy: Mountain Ultra 1: amazon.ca (select 1-man from drop down), amazon.com Mountain Ultra 2: amazon.ca (select 2-man from drop down), amazon.com Perfect For: weekend trips and short backpacking adventures *Note: No financial compensation was received for this review. The tester was asked to record her findings, positive and negative, [...]

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: Red Paddle Company Ride MSL SUP

What: Red Paddle Co. 10'6" Ride MSL Where to buy: campsaver.com, outdoorplay.com, smile.amazon.com, amazon.co.uk Perfect for: those seeking confidence in the sport *Note: No financial compensation was received for this review. The tester was asked to record her findings, positive and negative, when testing the board. At OWA, the aim is to only publish reviews on gear that, after testing, is found to be beneficial for women outdoors. [...]

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 [...]

OWA Reviews: Spark R&D Women’s Arc Splitboard Bindings

Spark R&D Women's Bindings Tester: Lizzie Lauman What: Spark R&D Women’s Arc Splitboard Bindings Where to buy: amazon.com Perfect for: frequent backcountry skinning and riding *Note: No gear or financial compensation was received for this review. The tester was asked to record her findings, positive and negative, when testing the bindings. At OWA, the aim is to only publish reviews on gear that, [...]

Women’s Trail Running Shoe Reviews: Our Top Picks

Is it time to replace your trail running shoes? Women from our Grassroots Teams donated their trail time to test some of the newest shoes on the market. Take a look below and get filled in on which shoes passed their critiques: What: Adidas Terrex Agravic GTX Reviewer: Kayleen Castelli (Colorado Front Range Grassroots Team) Where to buy: backcountry.com, Eastern Mountain Sports, [...]

Best of Outdoor Retailer Summer 2016: Women’s Picks

Visitors to the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market find themselves in a sea of products, plaid, and pretty much all things awesome. Twice a year, tens of thousands of people in the outdoor industry descend upon Salt Lake City, Utah for the Outdoor Industry Association's winter and summer markets. They're there to get a first look at products that are about to hit the shelves, product test [...]

OWA Review: Giro Terradura Mountain Bike Shoes

  What: Giro Terradura mountain bike shoes Where to Buy: backcountry.com, competitivecyclist.com, evo.com, rei.com Perfect For: Mountain biking and hike-a-bike sections of trail *Disclaimer: I received these shoes from Giro 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 [...]