Apparel

Carhartt Force Tappen Pant Review
McCarthy, Chris
I’ve been a fan of classic canvas pants from Carhartt for as long as I can remember, so when they come out with a new pair of cotton pants, I was hesitant to give them more than a cursory glance. The Tappen Cargo pant has changed my mind, however. Read more >>
Outdoor Research Helium II Review
David Tucker
No matter what I’m doing, if I’m outside, I need a good storm jacket. Problem is, if there’s no rain in the forecast and room in my pack is at a premium, I usually end up forgoing a shell. Read more >>
SITKA Frantic Hoody
Sanderson, Maria
From hunting and scouting to sitting around the campfire, Sitka’s Fanatic Hoody has no shortage of great features. The built-in face-mask not only adds concealment, but allows one to stay warm and breathe comfortably in frigid winds. Read more >>
Nikwax Tech Wash
Tucker, David
This is less of a review and more of a reminder: take good care of your gear, and it’ll take care of you, plus you won’t have to keep buying new stuff every season. Read more >>
Selk'Bag 5G Original
David Tucker
There’s gear you need, gear you don’t need, and then there’s gear that you don’t know you need. The 5G Original from Selk’Bag falls into the last category. Read more >>
Tucker, David
Fall weather is unpredictable, especially in the mountains. Whether you’re hiking, biking, hunting, or running, a reliable waterproof layer is essential, and the Torrentshell Stretch from Patagonia maximizes functionality without sacrificing performance. Read more >>
England, Mike
Maybe it’s just me, but good hunting pants seem more elusive than a seven-point bull on opening day. They’re always too tight, or too loose and floppy, or too much cotton, or they fall apart after a single season. Read more >>
Pogge, Drew
When the wind begins to wail and rain falls high on a climb, things can get miserable pretty quickly. Unfortunately, most jackets are too bulky to pack as “just in case” insurance on a loaded climbing harness—but not the Berghaus VapourLight. Read more >>
Eddie Bauer Flats Polo
England, Mike
A technical fishing shirt is fine on the river, but wear it anywhere else and you become that guy—the identity-deficient dweeb who wants everyone to know he’s a fly fisherman. Which is why I like the Flats Polo from Eddie Bauer. Read more >>
Patagonia Tenpenny Pants Review
England, Mike
Like the proverbial male wearer thereof, a good summer pant is hard to find. Maybe the fit’s too tight for unrestricted outdoor play, or the material too absorbent, or the fabric too flimsy to endure abrasion—sometimes all of the above. Read more >>
paddling jacket, kokatat X-Jacket
England, Mike
Combine Montana’s notoriously volatile weather and the inherent lack of storage on your oversized surfboard, and you’ve got a recipe for discomfort. Which is where the Kokatat X-Jacket comes in. Read more >>
gear, belts, Outside Bozeman, Montana
Tucker, David
The Jelt Belt is an ideal piece of gear, although calling it gear might be a bit of a misnomer as it is just as practical around town as it is on the trail. Read more >>
winter gear, fleece, Outside Bozeman, Montana
Krueger, Ryan
It’s been a while since I’ve had a favorite fleece—one that I wore often and could count on for anything. A layer to throw on and head downtown while still being comfortable indoors, technical enough to use while recreating, and not so fragile that you’re afraid to abuse it. Read more >>
winter gear, Outside Bozeman, Montana
Tucker, David
Fabric technology has changed the way we move in the mountains and Rab’s new Meco 165 Hoodie is no different. Made from a blend of natural merino wool and quick-drying synthetic fibers, this midlayer performs at a high level no matter the activity or conditions. Read more >>
winter gear, Outside Bozema, Montana
Slepian, Maggie
When your down jacket takes up more room in your pack than your sleeping bag, you know it’s time for a new coat. But finding a lightweight, compressible jacket that still keeps you warm is a tall order. Read more >>
winter gear, fleece, Outside Bozeman, Montana
England, Mike
During the rigors of a cold Montana winter, comfort can be every bit as important as warmth—our snow-saddled psyches need a little insulation as well. To protect your temperament from Old Man Winter’s icy barbs, slip into a Staghorn Fleece from Arborwear. Read more >>
winter, down jacket, Outside Bozeman, Montana
Morgan Solomon
Winter is upon us and with colder temperatures it’s getting harder and harder to play outside. I was able to buffer the chill with a Mojave Down Jacket from Brooks Range. Read more >>
buff, headwear, facemask
Pogge, Drew
Sunburn sucks, no matter the time of year, and long fall days on the river can produce epic burns. Luckily, the Montana UV Buff blocks 95% of UV rays—without being stiflingly hot. Read more >>
England, Mike
When the fishing’s hot and a late-afternoon thundershower crashes the party, a good rainshell can make the difference between placid composure and a full-on freak-out. Read more >>
Hessman, Patrick
Montanans need gear that will keep them dry and warm through foggy morning excursions and sudden afternoon downpours—and the Helly Hansen Loke jacket is ready for Montana’s schizophrenic weather. The Loke is windproof and waterproof, with vents to prevent overheating. Read more >>
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