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...]

The Merrell Jacket She’ll Love

For years, Merrell has been my go-to maker of awesome hiking boots.  They know outdoorsmen and their adventure needs well, and definitely build a quality, comfortable boot.  Now they've also branched out to offer a clothing line.  I was recently able to try out the gorgeous Silversun Featherless Puffer Jacket, and have been enjoying its use in higher altitudes where we've found early snow. If you're looking for a great gift for that outdoor lover in your life (maybe even for yourself?)... this is a Merrell Jacket she'll love. Merrell Silversun Featherless Puffer Jacket The Silversun Featherless Puffer jacket is made from 3M™ Thinsulate™ Featherless Insulation - 600g fill power.  This technology mimics or surpasses the performance of natural down in fill power, loft and performance when wet, and certainly seems to deliver as a down alternative.  It kept me cozy warm when I recently tried it out on a sledding adventure.  The temperature that day was in the 30's.  The jacket was … [Read more...]

2015 Outdoor Gear Essentials Roundup

We're just about to wrap up July, and in my humble opinion the local Colorado kids here are heading back to school waaaay too early.   This summer my family was more determined than ever to get out and camp, bike, and hike as much as possible.  Personally, I've got A LOT of warm weather play and quality mountain time left in me for this season! One of the perks of being an outdoor blogger is getting to try all sorts of gadgets, technical clothing, and gear.  Sometimes it doesn't live up to the hype, or the price tag.  But other times I find quality items that we end up using time and again, which to me truly seem worth the investment. So without further ado... I present to you the Best-of-the-Best that I've found for outdoor adventuring this year:  My 2015 Outdoor Gear Essentials Roundup. Pelican 20QT Elite Cooler Pelican coolers have a reputation for being virtually indestructible.  Although we didn't personally try loosely strapping ours to the back of an ATV, then … [Read more...]