• Gear Reviews

    Mountain Warehouse Pakka Waterproof Overtrousers

    Anyone who has spent any time outdoors in Ontario this season is going to have at least one “and we got rained-on” story. Earlier this week, Emma and I added another rain story to our list, as we paddled and portaged for over three hours in the rain. The weather wasn’t great for starting off our three-day canoe trip, but they were perfect for trying out rain pants I bought a couple of years ago, but haven’t been able to really put to the test. Here’s my review of the Pakka Waterproof Overtrousers from Mountain Warehouse. (Seriously. Thay are called Overtrousers. It’s a British thing.) Test result #1: Three hours of steady…

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    Smartwool Merino Hiking Socks

    Did you know that a pair of socks can seriously make or break a good hike? They need to be the right material, the right weight and the right level of cushioning. I’ve tried several brands of hiking socks over the years, and have definitely come to the conclusion that wool socks are the best option for hiking, even in the summer. Smartwool is one brand I didn’t have in my sock drawer, so when my friends at Algonquin Outfitters sent me a complimentary pair, I was thrilled to be able to give this well-known (but untested by me) brand a try on a winter hike. I hit the trail…

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    Smelling And Feeling Fine With Sam’s Natural Personal Care Products – A Review

    A couple of months ago, I received a package of “personal care” items from a company called Sam’s Natural. Personal Care is a polite way of describing stuff you use on your body to keep you smelling and feeling good. In this case, my personal care items were deodorant, lip balm, hand lotion and a bug repellent. Along with the box of complimentary* items, came the request that I try them out and then let them – and all of you – know what I thought about them. Of course I took them up on the offer. I love trying new products, and I really love sharing my honest opinion. So, after…

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    Another Badger In The Family

    One day in May, way back in 2012, I met a guy named Mike at Guelph Lake. He was selling these awesome paddles in gorgeous colours from a company called Badger Paddles.  They were so beautiful I had to have one. We decided that Emma had to have one, too. Mine is orange. Hers, a purple and teal number made especially for little paddlers. Emma’s was a present for her 7th birthday. Because everyone – especially a 7 year-old beginner paddler – needs some #WildernessBling in their kit.  I didn’t know much about paddles when we first met Mike. But I knew these paddles were special. They are handcrafted by Mike and Fiona…