Gear Reviews

Keen Incline Mid Boots review

Gear review of the Keen Incline Mid winter boots. (courtesy image)

Keen touts itself as the company for a “Hybrid Life.” Well, I don’t see anything “hybrid” about the new Keen Incline Mid Boots, unless you consider the combination of damn comfortable boots coupled with warmth and good looks as a…

Eton Raptor review

Radio, compass, altimeter and more, the Eton Raptor gets a thumbs up. (Photo: Ryan Malavolta - UtahOutside.com)

Compasses, altimeters, barometers, solar chargers, flashlights, radios: we bring a lot of tech-toys into the backcountry with us. Most of these are necessary, some, like radios and solar chargers, are luxuries. Enter the Eton Raptor, a device that combines all…

Suunto Ambit review

The Suunto Ambit has real-time, GPS navigation features. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

When purchasing gear, there is always the dilemna of “want vs need.” Very rarely do I buy “needs” and usually fall victim to the impulse of buying “wants.” But with the new Suunto Ambit, well, let’s just say that anyone…

Footbalance Custom Footbeds review

Footbalance Dynamic Blue custom footbeds. (courtesy image)

Orthotics aren’t something one generally considers when gearing up for outdoor adventures, but what we put under our feet is extremely important for comfort and performance. There are several after-market footbeds on the market these days, but none of them…

MSR Surelock UL-2 Trekking Pole review

The UL-2 poles performed great on mountain backpacking trips. (Photo: Ryan Malavolta - UtahOutside.com)

Trekking poles are a life saver, or more appropriately, a knee-saver. They also come in handy when crossing streams, negotiating tricky talus slopes and slogging through snowfields. The two biggest “must-haves” for any trekking pole are light weight and sturdy…

Eight flavors of PROBAR review

Eight flavors of PROBAR, all waiting to be reviewed. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

There are dozens of energy bar brands out there – meal replacement goodies sealed in a wrapper, traveling in the packs of outdoorsy people. But only one comes from right here in Park City, Utah. PROBAR is that company, and…