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GoodMorning.com Performance Mattress Review

Below is a guest post from my daughter Kristen. Recently we had the opportunity to try out the brand new GoodMorning.com. While this isn’t the typical type of blog you’ll find on here, the reason we wanted to do a review boiled down to the fact that the mattress is designed for active people – it’s not just another mattress in a box. We’ve taken some time before releasing this review as we really wanted to…

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Outdoor Loving Friends & Family

With the clock ticking down to Christmas, it's time to start thinking about gifts for outdoor loving friends and family. There's no need to break the bank either. Lots of these gifts even fit the stocking stuffer category and all are available either online or in the Calgary Sporting Life stores.  I think (and hope) your friends and family would be thankful to receive any one of these 20 holiday gifts. For your friends and family…

3 Outdoor Clothing Brands that are Perfect for the Mountains

I spend a lot of my free time in the mountains - no matter what the season. Being properly dressed and prepared is critical to my well-being and those in my party, especially in winter. Three cutting edge outdoor clothing brands you probably haven't heard of do a particularly good job of offering comfort, durability, and style including Ortovox, Kari Traa and Houdini. That's not to say that some of my favourite outdoor clothing brands…

Arc’teryx Clothes Review and Backpack Giveaway

I've been a big fan of Arc'teryx clothes for years. I love their feminine cut and durability to the point where I wish the occasional piece of clothing would die because I'm so sick of it. But that's a happy problem in my books.  Arc'teryx clothes for men are equally good. John recently tried out the Perimeter Pant and the Phasic Evolution Crew T-shirt.  The Arc'teryx Perimeter Pant The Arc'teryx Perimeter Pant is a mid-weight pant…

Kuhl Clothing Review and Giveaway

Have you heard of the Kühl clothing brand out of Salt Lake City? I hadn't until they reached out to me a month ago and offered my husband a few pieces of clothing. After perusing their website we settled on a pair of cargo shorts and the Kuhl Team sweater. Upon receipt of the clothing we were both very impressed. The clothing has a feeling of substance and quality. You don't see loose threads and…

The Transformer PERFORMANCE Kayak That Fits in a Backpack

Many of you may remember my review of the TRAK kayak from a couple years back. While I had very positive experience then, I was interested to learn the team had launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the latest version of their performance portable kayak. The campaign has been a massive success to date. Only half-way through and they are already more than 500% above their funding goal. Check it out here. What I found…

Keep Organized With Packing Cubes

Packing Made Easy: The Lewis N. Clark Solution

I have all sorts of adventures planned over the next six months from sea kayaking on the west coast of Canada to trekking in the Indian Himalayas. These two adventures and most of the others involve travel with either a backpack or duffel bag. If you've gone that route, you know how disorganized your bag can get in short order. Lewis N. Clark, an American company specializes in travel accessories. They offer bags and duffels, packing…

How to Break in New Hiking Boots

With hiking season upon us it's time to think about the state of your hiking boots. Perhaps you're like me - in love with the comfort of your old ones and all the memories that go with them. But at a certain point - and mine are there - it's time for a new pair. When my boots get wet they now bubble air out along the seams. That's not a good sign especially when you have several major…

The Best Gear for Adventure Travel

 As a travel blogger with an outdoor adventure focus my long time readers already know that I do my fair share of traveling. In 2016 I counted 30 trips and for 2017 - when I said I'd slow down, I am just coming off of my seventh trip in eight weeks. Fortunately  I never get tired of going places but I don't get a lot of enjoyment out of packing and unpacking, especially on trips…

Gear Review: The Arc’teryx Trino Women’s Jacket & Tights

I admit to a bias. I love the outdoor clothing from Arc'teryx- despite its hefty price tag. The clothing is timeless and doesn't wear out. Unlike Bill Bryson whom I quote below - I actually like what I've bought or been given - but I get to the point where I wish it would wear out. I'll have to live to 100. In his most recent work The Road to Little Dribbling, Bill Bryson waxes on about his shirt.…

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