Outdoor Gear Review: Mishmi Takin Jacket ~ Women’s Virunga

While hiking in his native Himalayas, Kapil realized his high-end boots and jacket were not performing.  So he founded Mishmi Takin, a company that designs ventilation-focused boots and shells with fabrics that vent immediately and outperform in both tropical and temperate climates.  It's a unique brand with a lot to offer. Although it's ideal for wet, humid hiking conditions… would one of these hard shell jackets also work for Colorado snow skiing?  Aren't we all about our gear multi-tasking?!  Well, I recently tested a Mishmi Takin jacket on the winter slopes of Crested Butte: the Women’s Virunga.  Read on to hear how this impressive jacket performed, and why you should consider adding one to your outdoor gear lineup. Mishmi Takin Jacket – Hard Shell Women’s Virunga The Mishmi Takin Virunga is a year-round, high quality and highly versatile piece.  Named after the equator straddling Virunga National Park in Congo, Central Africa, ‘Virunga’ jacket is optimized for maximum … [Read more...]

ISIS for Women Terra Tank – Hiking Top

I'm a fan of ISIS for Women for their cute yet high performance clothing for all types of outdoor play and adventure. As part of their Adventure Series, ISIS now offers the Terra Tank designed specifically for hiking and backpacking. Excited at the concept of how this was built for warm weather comfort while carrying a pack on the trails, I recently tried one out.  Here's what I thought of how it fit and performed. ISIS for Women Terra Tank ~ Hiking Top The ISIS Terra Tank is a soft, quick-drying top designed to keep you cool.  It also comes in long sleeves, but I'm a fan of this sleeveless style. It has dropped shoulder seams, meaning the fabric over your shoulders is seamless - preventing any chafing from your backpack.  Great idea, and it seemed to fit with just the right amount of coverage when I wore mine under a backpack. The Terra Tank is actually constructed from two different fabrics: Front:  DriRelease - Polyester/cotton/spandex front, to dry quickly … [Read more...]

Mountain Khakis ~ Granite Creek Pant & Anytime Tank [Giveaway, Ended 7/12]

Founded in Jackson Hole, WY, Mountain Khakis (MK) high end apparel is designed for long lasting, rugged outdoor use.   After a successful near-decade of crafting mens clothing, and growing as a mountain-lifestyle inspired brand, they now also feature a Women's Collection. I love the MK Soul Statement:   "For many outdoor and mountain enthusiasts pure freedom and rugged adventure has become a way of life.  Mountain Khakis were developed specifically for this lifestyle." I tried out a couple of their pieces, and here's how they fit and performed. MK Women's Granite Creek Pant, $85 These pants are what I consider an "outdoors/hiking investment". And I can give you a good reason why you need such a thing. A few years ago I had a very unpleasant encounter with stinging nettles, while hiking a shaggy-with-vegetation trail.  It was extremely painful and unpleasant, and after learning this lesson the hard way... I now strive to ensure I'm always wearing pants  when I … [Read more...]