Gear

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You don’t have to spend a lot to get great gear. Here are three essentials that won't break the bank. Osprey Rook 65 The Rook has everything you need in a multi-day pack: a ventilated back panel that’s customizable and super comfortable...
Marmot’s brand-new, ISPO Gold Award-winning West Rib Parka is designed as a high-altitude, extreme-warmth outer layer. For Canadians, pedigree like that makes it the ideal winter insulator for all mountain adventures and, generally, winter life pretty much everywhere north of 49. Let’s...
($300; mec.ca) When you wash any synthetic fabric, microscopic bits break off. These micro-fibres slip through water treatment, enter the water cycle and are now found in pretty much every body of water on Earth—and are climbing the food chain. To...
Rain is inevitable. That it will ruin the day is preventable. Cotton clothing kills. It doesn’t wick sweat, takes a long time to dry and sucks warmth from the body. Leave it at home and instead bring clothing made from...
The arrival of sweater weather means it’s time to layer up, especially when adventuring outdoors. As the leaves turn, the days shorten and nights get colder, here’s what you’ll find me wearing and toting on sweaty fall adventures.
Setting yourself up to go the extra mile creates possibilities. Knock off a longer trip in less time. Arrive at the campsite with more energy. Find more time for casting a line, soaking in the view, bagging a peak or...
Any trip can be amazing… or totally suck. The difference often comes down to the details. In the backcountry, the little things matter and so does asking the right questions. Did you pack enough snacks? Did you take the right...
Generally, this time of year my camp gear storage area is littered with numerous full, half-full and possibly empty camp stove fuel canisters. I love how efficient and lightweight these (iso)butane/propane stoves are, but it’s quite annoying to try and...
These four gear items by Avventura Outdoors are innovative pieces for hikes big and small. Whether you’re a trail runner, wet-weather wanderer or snowy trekker, these new gear items will improve your hiking experience: Is your backpack bulky? Heavy? Do...
If you’ve been following explore for awhile, you might’ve heard about our subscription box. Dubbed the “Live the Adventure Club,” we started this subscription box two and a half years ago. The idea was simple: to provide new gear that's innovative...
Are you going camping this summer? A solid camping checklist will cover your basic needs: tent, tarp, sleeping bag… but what about those extra items? Those small but crucial pieces that elevate your camping experience, bring you extra comfort, and...
Gear brands are constantly striving to make our lives as explorers easier and more comfortable with new styles, fits and ideas. Sometimes, they hit the mark. From my toes to my backpack, here are four gear items I’ve tested and tried...
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