Gear Reviews

Patagonia Splice approach shoe review

The Patagonia Splice approach shoes have uber-sticky soles and a cavas/leather upper. They even can be worn on moderate climbs at the gym. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Approach shoes – there aren’t many footwear categories with a more specific function than these sticky-rubber hiking/climbing kicks that are meant to get you to and from the crag. Personally, I’ve never understood the need for them as I’ve always…

EvoFit ensō Roller review

The EvoFit ensō Roller features foam rollers that are removable and adjustable for massaging sore, post-workout muscles. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Let’s face it: those of us who recreate outside have our fair share of sore muscles. From burning quads after a long trail run, to that nagging, sore back from hours on a bike saddle, our bodies take a beating.…

Hi-Tec Coyote WP Shoe review

The Coyote WP shoes from Hi-Tec (photo: Hi-Tec)

All too often, adventurous feet are beat up feet. The outdoors has a way of being pretty mean to your tootsies. Damned by nature to be bipeds, we humans are forced to seek shelter in the form of sturdy footwear.…

Ahnu Potrero shoe review

The Ahnu Potrero shoes. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Let’s face it, us outdoorsy types aren’t wandering the mountains every single minute of every single day. Sometimes, *sigh* we have to go to the city, whether for work, to catch a concert, or have a nice dinner with the…

Jackson Karma Kayak review

Jackson Karma in Boo Boo

In 2012, Jackson Kayak released the newest member of its fleet, the Karma. I’ve been dying ever since to take it for a spin and finally got to do so a few times this spring, once on a release of the Black Canyon…

Sierra Designs Flash 2 Tent review

The Flash 2 at home in the Uinta Mountains (photo: Ryan Malavolta)

No matter where you are headed on your next backpacking trip, you’ll need some shelter. If you’re like me, then a trusty tent is the way to go. Considerations include weight, interior space, ease of setup and durability. Sierra Designs…

Velocity Clip phone mount review

The Velocity Clip is a mount that turns your smartphone into a POV camera, so you can use it like a GoPro. (Photo: Callista Pearson - UtahOutside.com)

The Velocity Clip is described by the company as, “the world’s only universal smartphone and digital camera action mount.” When I first saw it displayed at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, my immediate thought was that it allows you to…