Gear Reviews

Platypus SoftBottle review

Platypus offers SoftBottles in both .5L and 1L sizes with a variety of cap and color choices (Cascade Designs photo)

No matter what your activity, staying hydrated is crucial. Water-holders are perhaps the #1 accessory for anyone playing outside, and they come in all shapes and sizes. But is your water bottle more burden than its worth? For those of…

Switch Tioga Sunglasses review

Switch Tioga sunglasses with Magnetic Interchange System. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

One of the coolest, most innovative things I saw at the Outdoor Retailer 2012 Summer Market was the Magnetic Interchange System by Switch. These sunglasses seemed to solve the problem of hard-to-install interchangeable sunglass lenses that can sometimes make you…

Clif Bar Kit’s Organic review

The four flavors of Clif Bar Kit's Organic. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Organic sure is a buzz words these days, and it has seeped into energy bars. Clif Bar (aren’t they already organic?) recently jumped on the bandwagon with their new Clif Bar Kit’s Organic. These bars are named after the co-owner,…

Kelty Rally 45 Backpack review

The Kelty Rally 45 backpack (courtesy Kelty)

I had a chance to visit the Kelty booth at last summer’s Outdoor Retailer convention here in Salt Lake City. They were showcasing a wide array of products, but the ones that excited me the most were the brand-new “Agile…

Baffin Amazon trail shoe review

The Baffin Amazon shoes. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Baffin, a Canadian company that is well known for their arctic winter boots, has been expanding their horizons into the summer footwear market. But instead of making your typical sandals or hiking shoes, they’ve designed a unique idea with their…