All posts tagged: hiking gear

The Perfect Hiking Boot

These boots were made for hiking… It’s that time of year again. Time to bust out the boots and hit the trails. Who are we kidding—is there a bad time to hit the trails? Here are, in our mind, the best hiking boot recommendations to keep your toes safe and dry while camping this year. Columbia Sportswear Company Columbia suggested two of their current favourites to us. First, the Women’s Conspiracy III Titanium Shoe—a multi-sport sneaker. It’s perfect for a day on the trails because of its mesh exterior, cushioned sole, and extra traction. Next, the Women’s Irrigon Trail Mid OutDry Extreme is a true hiking boot, both waterproof and breathable. Lightweight, but cushioned and durable. Merrell The MQM Flex is a men’s mountain hiking shoe and Merrell bestseller right now. This shoe is designed to flex with your feet to really connect with the trails below you. Extra traction and added durability are also must-haves while hiking that this shoe offers. Another Merrell men’s bestseller is the Moab 2 Waterproof hiking boot. This protective …

RECCO jacket for modern camper

RECCO® SAR radar signals a bonus for hikers in the backcountry

Adventure brands around the world are adopting RECCO® radar reflectors in their outdoor gear. These tiny reflectors help locate missing individuals in search and rescue situations, which could be ideal for your next off road camper trip or trek. How does it work? Only weighing in at 4 grams, the passive reflectors do not require a power source or means of activation. The RECCO® SAR detector sends a radar signal which bounces off the reflector that is installed in your clothing. RECCO® originally used handheld detectors with active radar signals, but has recently created a device that sends a stronger signal from a helicopter. The new device scans one square kilometre in 3-6 minutes. RECCO® also works in extreme weather conditions and dense overhead coverage typical of backcountry areas. Why does a camper need it? The original RECCO® technology was created for avalanche rescue. They hope their updated RECCO® SAR detectors expand to year-round search and rescues. Outdoor clothing brands for year-round adventures (like ORTOVOX) have started to include RECCO® reflectors in their gear: hiking …