Adidas Outdoors
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Adidas Outdoors Climaheat Terrex Ice


In a follow-up conversation, the PR rep who had introduced me to the Adidas Outdoors Climaheat Terrex Ice said other testers found it, “too warm.” I’m guessing they weren’t Canadians. We can always find a use for heavily insulated gear — especially if it is loftily stuffed with Primaloft Gold Down Blend (70 per cent water-repellent goose down, 30 per cent synthetic). More key features include stretch panels insulated with all-synthetic fill for freedom of movement, nylon inner-sleeve cuffs that seal out drafts and a treated liner that helps maintain an ideal humidity level. While watching the aurora borealis in Nunavik, the Terrex Ice (plus a base layer) was all I required to stay warm at -25 degrees Celsius. Not “too warm” — just right.


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Hydro Flask Insulated Waterbottle 


Oregon-based Hydro Flask makes insulated stainless steel waterbottles that just look like regular waterbottles. And they work like gangbusters. I filled their powder-coated, double-walled, vacuum insulated, 32-ounce (946 ml) bottle half with ice and half with five-degree-Celsius water — after 24 hours, in room temperature conditions, there were traces of ice and the water was frigid. Conversely, I filled it with boiling water, and after 12 hours (at room temperature), it was still warm enough for tea. BPA-free; 18/8 stainless steel; nine colours.