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.


 

08
Apr
2013
jloomis

Petzl SUM'TEC Ice Axe Hammer Review

Product Rating: 
0
Picture of Petzl SUM'TEC Ice Axe Hammer, 52cm

Features:

From Petzl "A compromise between a classic mountaineering ice axe and an ice climbing axe, the SUM’TEC is a versatile, lightweight, technical ice axe. It is easy to use in piolet canne mode with its stainless steel spike and its slightly curved shaft. In climbing mode, the ALPIX pick (forged into banana shape) and the new TRIGREST handrest (adjustable without tools) ensure the efficiency required for technical passages, as well as bergschrunds, ice gullies, etc. Available in adze or hammer versions."

26
Feb
2013
jloomis

FogThief Helmet Anti-Fog Device Review

Product Rating: 
4
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Features:

From Funprojex.com, "The FOGTHIEF™ is a proven light weight concept for the prevention of fogging in all sports helmets including motorcycle helmet visors, eyeglasses and sunglasses worn inside the helmet. The warm breath from your mouth and nose is directed downwards to beneath the chin area. While breathing normally through your mouth the FOGTHIEF™ will direct this heated breath safely below your chin and out below your helmet therefore averting the fogging up problem. While stationary at traffic situations or in slow moving traffic the FOGTHIEF™ keeps the shield and glasses clear of fog and moisture."

08
Feb
2013
jloomis

Kahtoola MICROspikes Review

Product Rating: 
5
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Features:

"Kahtoola MICROspikes® Traction System allows anyone of any age to get out and enjoy most any condition. Since there are no special straps, you can simply put your Kahtoola MICROspikes® Traction System in your pocket, purse, or backpack and go. Just take them out and stretch them over your shoes when you need that extra grip - they're ideal for anything from wet rocks to slick sidewalks and icy driveways, or even the added confidence that comes along with extra traction on the trail. Adding our MICROspikes® Traction System to your gear stash means that you'll never be held back again by the most common day-to-day conditions. Pull on and go."

07
Feb
2013
jloomis

Outdoor Research TrailBreaker Pants Review

Product Rating: 
5
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Features:

From Outdoor Research, "There is simply no other ski touring pant like this. When you are breaking trail to your favorite powder stash, the waterproof lower legs will keep you dry, while the highly breathable upper fabric will let moisture easily escape. When the exertion level really kicks up, thigh vents allow you to dump hot air. And with additional guide-requested features including integrated ski gaiters and a beacon pocket, the TrailBreaker Pants™ are built for serious backcountry exploration."

11
Dec
2012
jloomis

Columbia Ultrachange Parka Review

Product Rating: 
5
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Features:

From Columbia Sportswear, "Layer the warm liner jacket under the element-defying, super-wicking outer shell and you have an unstoppable combination designed to keep you warm, dry and comfortable when you’re working hard in cold and wet conditions; worn separately, the two pieces become versatile outerlayers of their own."

08
Dec
2012
jloomis

Kahtoola K-10 Hiking Crampons Review

Product Rating: 
3
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Features:

From Kahtoola, "You don't need specific boots or tricky bail systems. The K-10 Crampons fit over your existing footwear and work with everything from hiking and running shoes to ski and snowboard boots. This is possible due to the patented LeafSpring® Flex Bar and flex enhancing binding design. The K-10 Hiking Crampon has a quick-fit binding system that make putting them on as easy as 1-2-3. Nobody needs extra weight on their feet when they're managing icy conditions. That's why all Kahtoola Crampons are made to be flexible and lightweight. The K-10 Hiking Crampon is the lightest steel crampon available."

07
Dec
2012
jloomis

Head Digital Sport Running Gloves w/Sensatec Review

Product Rating: 
4
Head Digital Sport Running/Liner Gloves

Features:

The Digital Sport running/liner gloves by Head® (sold at Costco) features Sensatec® on the thumb and forefinger making them touch screen compatible. They have a wind-resistant soft shell outer with fleece lining. Also features secure grip with silicone palm and fingers and extended cuff. Perfect for cold weather athletes and adventurers.

07
Dec
2012
jloomis

Marmot Big Mountain Glove Review

Product Rating: 
5
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Features:

From Marmot, "Go big or go home – with this warm riding/mountaineering glove, you won’t be heading indoors anytime soon. Made using water- and windproof Gore-Tex® with active shell technology, the Primaloft-insulated glove has DriClime® bi-component lining for quick wicking comfort. Gauntlet drawcord and overcuff design keep snow out; Falcon Grip for improved dexterity."

02
Dec
2012
jloomis

Smith Phenom Turbo Fan Snow Goggles Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of Smith Phenom Turbo Fan Snow Goggles

Features:

From Smith Optics, "Combining our fog-fighting, Turbo Fan technology and our new, 5X Anti-Fog inner lens into the ever-stylish Phenom, the best of both worlds is now at your fingertips. The Phenom Turbo Fan is technology and style at their finest."

27
Nov
2012
jloomis

Sterling Evolution Duetto Alpine Touring 8.4mm Rope Review

Product Rating: 
0
Picture of Sterling Evolution Duetto Alpine Touring 8.4mm Half Rope

Features:

From Sterling Rope, "The Duetto is built to be lightweight with a great hand. The smooth, abrasion resistant sheath glides over the snow and ice and through gear effortlessly. The Evolution Duetto has been used in glacier travel and backcountry skiing for years due to its small diameter and great hand. When the terrain may be varied, the 8.4mm Duetto is a solid rope for rappels, steep snow climbs or traversing mellow ground."

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