Arc’teryx Alpha SL Hybrid women’s jacket

Arc’teryx is well known to make top-notch shell jackets. Their Alpha product line focuses on alpinism and climbing and stands for “lightweight, minimalist climbing and alpinism products that protect from alpine environments.” Weight was a main concern while researching our gear list for the Great Himalaya Trail: we needed to have gear warm enough to … Continue reading Arc’teryx Alpha SL Hybrid women’s jacket

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Haglöfs LIM Essens Down Jacket

The model reviewed in this article is the very first Essens model and is difficult to find in stock anywhere as Haglöfs has released several newer models, so the specs and features mentioned may differ from the newer models. Haglöfs described this jacket as following: "The L.I.M Essens Jacket is our premier down jacket when … Continue reading Haglöfs LIM Essens Down Jacket

Montbell U.L. Thermawrap Parka

Montbell is a Japanese brand which was founded by Isamu Tatsuno, a mountaineer, kayaker and an all-round outdoorsman, in 1975. I first heard of the brand Montbell many years back, but with the bigger and more famous (at least in Europe) brands such as The North Face, Fjellräven and Arc´teryx dominating the market I had … Continue reading Montbell U.L. Thermawrap Parka

Montbell Torrent Flier jacket

Seeing that we would most likely face quite some torrential rain while trekking at the end of the monsoon season in Nepal I was looking for a jacket that would be able to keep me dry, yet not add too much weight to my pack. Weighing in at a mere 243 grams while still offering … Continue reading Montbell Torrent Flier jacket

Norrøna Bitihorn dri1 jacket

As New Zealand is notorious for its heavy and consistent rainfall we thought that not even the sturdiest of rain gear would keep us dry. Nonetheless, with the promise of excellent waterproofness, breathability combined with its low weight and small pack size we went for the Norrøna Bitihorn dri1 jackets. Specs The Bitihorn dri1 is … Continue reading Norrøna Bitihorn dri1 jacket