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This category contains all the posts related to local companies, and to products and gear. This may include gear reviews, new products on the market, sales, gear swamps, and contests that are running on Outdoor Vancouver.


Gear Review: Hillsound Armadillo LT Gaiters

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Gear Review: Hillsound Armadillo LT Gaiters

Hillsound, a Vancouver company, makes high-quality crampons and gaiters. The Armadillo LT is not the highest-end of the gaiters that Hillsound makes, but its perfect for my needs since I’m not doing serious winter climbing as some of their other models are designed for. Made of Flexia three-layer, slash resistant and breathable fabric, the upper is lightweight and close-fitting, yet comfortable on the calves.

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Rock Climbing Tips from Kevin Jorgeson

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Rock Climbing Tips from Kevin Jorgeson

After completing the first free climb of Yosemite’s Dawn Wall in January of this year, Kevin Jorgeson partnered with Duracell to share his top-ten tips for climbing in the outdoors. A big part of Kevin’s tips are being safe and having reliable gear. As such, Duracell sent over a Kevin Jorgeson inspired kit – including Black […]

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Gear Deals from FreestyleXtreme

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Gear Deals from FreestyleXtreme

There are a number of good online action-sports retailers out there, and one that is hard to beat for pricing and product selection is FreestyleXtreme. The store has been around since 2003 and has become internationally recognized for their large discounts, “meet or beat pricing system”, and easy return policy. Whether you’re interested in mountain […]

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PowerSkin Battery Case for Samsung Review

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PowerSkin Battery Case for Samsung Review

While smartphones should never be relied upon while hiking or in the outdoors (for navigation or communication), there are times when they are nice to have to take pictures, or as a back-up form of communication. Ideally, cell phones would be left off until needed in a potential emergency situation to keep the battery charged. […]

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Review: FixnZip Zippers

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Review: FixnZip Zippers

If you have ever had a zipper bail out on you while you were out backpacking or tenting, then you know how inconvenient it can be. Out in the cold, or out in the dark, with a broken zipper, is not anybody’s idea of a good time! Fixing a broken zipper is not easy and […]

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Review: Nikwax Wool Wash & Down Wash

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Review: Nikwax Wool Wash & Down Wash

Everyone who does a lot of hiking and camping will have their favorite pieces of gear, whether its a tent, jacket or sleeping bag. In order to ensure that your gear lasts, you need to take good care of it, regardless of whether it is down-filled gear, merino wool mid-layer clothing or anything else.

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