Gear Reviews

The reviews on LoomisAdventures.com represent the testing conclusions and thoughts of the author on a multitude of outdoor gear. Gear is field tested overtime and reviews may be updated reflecting any new information. Please feel free to leave comments about your own experiences with the gear. If you have questions or want to see a review on a specific item, please contact us.


 

07
Sep
2014
jloomis

Dorcy ZX Series 230 Lumen Focusing Flashlight Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of Dorcy ZX Series 230 Lumen Focusing Flashlight

Features:

From Dorcy website, "The Dorcy International’s new Zoom Focus flashlights are state of the art. Zoom Focus technology enables the user to adjust the beam/focus of the light from a tightly focused spot with maximum reach all the way out to an extremely wide area flood light with perfectly even edge to edge light distribution. All this is made possible by Dorcy’s Patented TIR optical technology. The Total Internal Reflectance optical system uses a patented acrylic lens that is so efficient almost 100% of the light produced is projected onto your target with incredible precision."

12
May
2014
jloomis

UCO Lumora LED Lantern Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of UCO Lumora LED Lantern

Features:

from the UCO website: "The UCO Lumora LED Lantern™ is a compact and collapsible lantern that provides up to 180 lumens of light that is comfortable to read by. The Lumora's frosted globe slides down easily to switch between lantern and flashlight modes when you need more focused lighting. The Lumora can also be attached to any tripod, walking stick, or other device with a 1/4-20 mounting screw. The on/off switch controls the brightness of the lantern—

20
Nov
2013
jloomis

Alpinismo 55 Backpack by High Peak USA Review

Product Rating: 
4
Picture of High Peak Alpinismo 55 Backpack

Features:

From High Peak USA, "The Alpinismo 55 is so versatile. This 3 lbs, 5 oz., single compartment backpack is made for the multi-use trekker. It has daisy chains to attach gear to and an outside envelope for ropes or crampons. Is the 55 liter capacity too much this trip? The side compression straps wrap around the front to the opposite side of the pack so you can minimize your gear load and still keep everything securely in place."

05
Nov
2013
jloomis

2013 Polaris 800 Switchback Assault 144 Snowmobile Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of 2013 Polaris 800 Switchback Assault 144 in the Air

Features:

From Polaris, "The weapon of choice for backcountry freeriders and hillclimb racers is back and better for 2013. The Switchback Assault can run the logging roads or head for the trees. Deep snow flotation with trail gearing and the race-proven IFS for lighter steering effort."

16
Jun
2013
jloomis

La Sportiva Batura 2.0 GTX Mountaineering Boots Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of La Sportiva Batura 2.0 GTX Mountaineering Boots

Features:

From La Sportiva, "The Batura 2.0 GTX uses cutting edge proprietary two layer Gore® technology to create a boot that is warmer and more breathable for technical routes in the mountains. An integrated external gaiter with an asymmetrical zipper uses stretch Gore® technology to keep you dry while the inner boot uses another Gore® layer to allow moisture transport to the outer layer creating the ideal climate for your feet in cold conditions. The low profile upper construction and reduced midsole profile allow the boot to climb better with or without crampons. A stiff honeycomb carbon insole supports the foot and creates an air chamber for better insulation and rigid performance when front pointing or edging on rock. This boot takes the whole game to another level for alpinists."

22
May
2013
jloomis

Alpinizmo Lightning 50 Backpack by High Peak USA Review

Product Rating: 
4
Picture of High Peak Alpinizmo Lightning 50 Backpack

Features:

The Alpinizmo Lightning 50 backpack by High Peak USA is big on features and light on weight at 3.4 pounds. It features a top lid pocket, 2 side compression straps, side pockets, and dual ice axe holders. The Lightning 50 pack is also hydration compatible, has a pre-bent aluminum suspension bar, EVA foam shoulder straps, chest belt, air channel Vario System, and two main compartments with divider.

15
May
2013
jloomis

Alpinizmo Swiftlite Tent by High Peak USA Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of High Peak Alpinizmo Swiftlite Tent

Features:

From High Peak USA, "Following the ultralite trend, the Swiftlite is a roomy, two person shelter that weighs just 2 lbs. 14 oz. This single wall tent can be fully enclosed to keep out the elements and features a durable seam-sealed Ripstop nylon construction. Two 7.9 mm 7000 series aluminum poles support the structure. Ventilation is achieved through two built-in side vents, a zippered door and open foot area with No-see-um, seam-taped bug netting."

08
May
2013
jloomis

High Peak Phantom 45+10 Backpack Review

Product Rating: 
4
Picture of High Peak Phantom 45+10 Backpack

Features:

From High Peak USA, "The Phantom 45+10 is the little pack that could. Super rugged construction weighing only 4 lbs., 8 oz., fully adjustable harness system, lots of pockets and compression straps on this 45 liter backpack that continually works and plays hard. The Phantom 45+10 is ideal for teens and adult trekkers. It is the men’s version of the Luna 45+10."

17
Apr
2013
jloomis

La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX Mountaineering Boot Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX Mountaineering Boot

Features:

From La Sportiva, "Light and fast this boot makes you feel like a wood nymph bounding through the mountains. All synthetic and designed for spider-like alpine climbing performance; it is waterproof and ready for a semi-automatic crampon. The Vibram® Mulaz outsole, has an edging platform and sticky Supertrek Rubber. The 3D Flex™ ankle provides supreme ankle maneuverability for technical routes."

The Trago S EVO GTX by La Sportiva is an ultra-light 3-season alpine climbing boot. Features a fully-gusseted and padded tongue and full rubber rand.

13
Apr
2013
jloomis

HMK Summit V16 Pack Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of HMK Summit V16 Backpack

Features:

The Summit V16 is the largest pack in HMK's line of snowmobile-oriented backpacks. It's big on features and even bigger on durability. The Summit V16 sports individual compartments for a shovel, probe, and hydration bladder. It features a fully adjustable sternum strap and waist belt for added support and comfort, padded shoulder straps, padded shoulder blade and lumbar area, load compression straps, and a rugged scuff and moisture-resistant bottom. Organizing any snowmobile adventure is easy with the HMK Summit V16 pack, with its multitude of internal pickets, soft poly-lined goggle pocket, and dual zippered hip pockets.

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