GEAR REVIEWS

INVENTORY OF MY CURRENT AND ACTIVE HIKING & TRAIL RUNNING GEAR 2014


SALOMON XA PRO 3D GTX 

I’ve had the new XA PRO 3D GTX (Salomon dropped the Ultra 2 Branding for this years  model) for most of the summer and will say that so for I’ve been very pleased with their performance.

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Salomon XA PRO 3D GTX

 

They are light and nimble considering the protection they provide, compared to a minimalist type of shoe. The toe box offers plenty of room and the toe cap provides lots of protection.

The rugged outsole is slighty wider in the heel offering greater stability and the aggressive treads are great in all types of conditions. The shoes low profile, provide a sense of confidence in footing and traction especially on the rocks and when scrambling.

I really like the one pull lacing system. It does a good job distributing even pressure and is great for those on the fly changes. The lace garage too is a great feature to keep the laces tucked away and free from getting snagged up.

The Gortex (GTX) has proved its worth in keeping my feet dry, but it will say my feet felt quite warm on some of the hotter days. Nonetheless, I still think the Gortex is great for those rainy, wet conditions.

As a side note, I did purchase the first pair online and used the Salomon.com size chart guide. It placed me in a half size smaller than I wear. I did order them and unfortunately they were to small. (found that out the hard way…) Saloman has admitted that the chart is not very accurate and that people should order the size they normally wear. They offer me 50% off my next purchase to make up for the mistake. I ended up with my “true” size and they fit great. Salomon’s customer service on the US side was great, but I never heard back from the Canadian office.

The Salomon XA PRO 3D GTX look great and feel even better. Perfect for everyday use, the gym, and especially out on the trails. Sturdy and rugged, yet nimble enough to run the trails. I would recommend them to anyone.

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DEUTER COMPACT EXP 12 

HIKING GEAR,

DUETER COMPACT EXP 12

Yes, yes I know this is technically a biking pack, but I couldn’t resist the functionality this pack provides. Combined with its urban good looks and super functional storage space, it was hard to turn away. It is perfect for that full day 8 to 10 hour hike, with ample room for additional water and food.

The side entry water reservoir compartment is super handy and sure beats having to stuff the water bladder in from the top. I’m currently using a 1.8 liter bladder, but will surely upgrade to a bigger reservoir for longer hikes.

On the outside

The Dueter EXP 12 has a hidden rain cover perfect for keeping contents dry. The shoulder straps are a rubberized mesh, which is not only great for ventilation, but also contribute to a stable, solid feel when on the body. Not to mention how easy it is to clean. The zippered pockets on the hip straps are also great for quick access to your phone (iPhone 5 just fits) or small tool or a small snack.

Dueter Exp Compact 12 Revi
On the inside

There are many storage options inside the EXP 12 with lots of organized zippered pockets for small tools, lighter and valuables . The main compartments offer ample room for extra clothes and food storage.

Combined with the fact that I do alot of biking here in Vancouver and the average distance of a local day hike, this Hydration Pack was an easy pick.



Winter Boot Review-Salomon Scrambler Boot

Your feet will thank you!

I bought these boots 2 winters ago in preparation for the ski season and they have certainly proved to be completely winter proof.

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They are waterproof and very warm. No problems at all in stepping into big puddles and not a leak yet. The polyester/fleece fur lining is super comfy and does double duty to keep your feet dry from the inside.

These boots are legit winter boots for those who are active and want to get outdoors. The Winter Contragrip rubber outsole provides great traction and bite in all weather conditions. The added rubber heel cut is a bonus for proper snowshoe fit.

The Salomon Scramblers are functional, fit exceptionally well (roomy toe box) and are not at all clunky. The lacing system is quick and easy to manage, important when its cold and don’t want to expose your hands any longer than you should.

 

Whether it’s playing on the ski hills with the kids or hiking/snowshoeing on the trails the Salomon Scramblers are perfect for anyone who wants a good quality winter boot for all occasions and activities. It doesn’t hurt that they are good looking too!

Specs List:

  • Waterproof full-grain leather upper.
  • Lace locking hardware in front.
  • External heel counter.
  • Rubber randing.
  • Rubber heel cap.
  • Thinsulate™ BQ 400 gram insulation.
  • Synthetic fur lining.
  • Waterproof bootie membrane.
  • Bootie construction.
  • EVA molded midsole.
  • Dual-density EVA sockliner.
  • Non-marking Winter Contagrip™ stays souple in extreme cold conditions to provide an excellent grip on snow and ice.
  • Weighs 26.4 oz. (size 9).
  • Shaft: 7″.
  • Circumference: 14″.

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