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...]

Must-Have Fall Gear for the Outdoor Woman

Ahhh... when those Fall temperatures start to drop enough for me to get out my scarves and boots, I am one happy camper!  My favorite Colorado season brings with it breathtaking golden Aspen trees contrasting the evergreens, and ideal weather for outdoor adventures. It's also the perfect time to review your clothing and gear, and check out the new Fall lines from your favorite outdoor brands. Adding just a few key pieces that catch your fancy can breathe new life and functionality into your wardrobe.  I've been doing my research and a bit of sample testing, and here's the best of the best:  Must-Have Fall Gear for the Outdoor Woman. Womens Outdoor Gear for Fall Here's a quick overview of my awesome Fall women's outdoor gear picks - including info on sizing, fabric, best use, and where to find them.   Sunday Afternoons ~ Northwest Trucker Cap, $28 Sunday Afternoons focuses on one thing:  making hats.  And they're really good at it!  My tween daughter … [Read more...]

Great Family Jackets at Affordable Prices from Free Country

Had I not experienced Free Country outerwear for myself, I may have been a bit skeptical.  You read their website descriptions of down jackets with great technical features... and then you see the price.  How can a jacket like that be so affordable? Granted, being the end of the winter season, their winter coats and jackets are currently available for great sale prices (up to 60% off).  But even their regular prices were good.  So after selecting a jacket to review for myself, I did something I've never done with a product review... I immediately also made a purchase as a customer, selecting a winter coat for my daughter, too! Here's what I thought of the women's down jacket I reviewed. Free Country Women's Arches Power Down Jacket I knew I wanted something in down, because let's face it:  once you've tried the cozy warmth of a down coat, you really just aren't interested in wearing anything else when it's cold outside.  Free Country has several down jacket options. But I … [Read more...]