Category: Gear Reviews

Maven B.3 binoculars review

We review the Maven B3 binoculars. Compact with sharp image quality, these optics are great for casual outdoor use. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Binoculars are one of those pieces of gear that I always cheap out on. Growing up as a kid, I’ve been happy to spy on the neighbors with chintsy plastic optics because, well, quality “binos” are really expensive. But these…

Basin and Range Guardsman Full-Zip Jacket review

The Guardsman Jacket did awesome work as an all-around layer for backcountry skiing and mountaineering. It blocks wind like a pro so I can down summit brews without feeling the chill. (Photo: Sean Zimmerman-Wall)

A jacket you can wear every day, all day is pretty much the ultimate jacket, right? From backcountry skiing, to hiking, fishing and going out for drinks, I know I want something that is versatile enough for all of that.…

Thule Versant 70L backpacking pack review

Giving my best "blue steel" look with the Thule Versant 70L on my back while skinning up to the Geyser Pass Yurt. (Photo: Sean Zimmerman-Wall - UtahOutside.com)

Backpacking season is here in the desert, and the mountains will be without snow in a few short months. Time to shop for a new backpacking pack! I’ve been using an old pack since the early 2000’s and it has…

Mountain Khakis Maverick LT Softshell Jacket review

Wearing the Mountain Khakis Maverick LT Softshell Jacket in the Wasatch backcountry. The shell is ideal for high-output days. (Photo: Dave Thieme, UtahOutside.com)

When you leave the house, mother always says, “don’t forget a jacket!” This is especially true here in Utah. Even in the mountain summer months, evenings and nights can get chilly, so you need something to stave of that cold…

Mountain Hardwear Hotbed Flame 20° sleeping bag review

Mountain Hardwear Hotbed Flame 20

Cold spots are the source of my bad experiences with any sleeping bags. Poorly constructed baffles, bunched up insulation, and even a lack of good zipper draft tubes have all been culprits that let cold air in. But the big…