Author Archive for Ryan Malavolta

Watson’s Merino Wool Baselayer review

The author sports the Watson's Merino wool long sleeve top during a chilly trip to the San Rafael Swell (Photo: Ryan Malavolta/

I’ve always thought someone should create a base layer that wicks moisture, retains heat, doesn’t stink and feels great against your skin. Turns out, nature already created it, and the base layer is Merino wool. Jared Hargrave has long extolled…

Vasque St. Elias GTX Hiking Boot review

The St. Elias boots handled both backpacking and off trail scrambling/mountaineering with ease. (photo: Ryan Malavolta)

It’s not exactly breaking news that Vasque makes killer outdoor footwear. The real news came at the 2013 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, where I was informed that one of their more popular hiking boots, the Wasatch, was to be discontinued.…