Patagonia’s R1 Turns 20 and Has Fresh New Look

February 13th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Apparel, Gear, News, Profiles | Comments Off on Patagonia’s R1 Turns 20 and Has Fresh New Look

Even after 20 years, Patagonia’s iconic R1 midlayer remains a benchmark for alpine efficiency. For the 20th anniversary of one of our favorite products, Patagonia is celebrating the amazing adventures (and mishaps) that have […]


First Look: Black Diamond Vision Down Parka

February 13th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Apparel, Gear, Gripped Outdoors, Profiles | Comments Off on First Look: Black Diamond Vision Down Parka

Braving the elements will test your willpower and beat you down to the grimy ground, especially if you come unprepared. American mountain sports equipment company Black Diamond has got your back, giving you an […]


Field Test: The Mountain Hardwear StretchDown Hoody

February 11th, 2019 by Tim Banfield | Posted in Apparel, Gear, Profiles | Comments Off on Field Test: The Mountain Hardwear StretchDown Hoody

When you think of a down jacket, you don’t often think of a jacket that stretches and works well when you are climbing. I’ve been using the Mountain Hardwear StretchDown Hoody now since August, […]


PrimaLoft Debuts 100 Per Cent Biodegradable Insulation

February 5th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Apparel, Gear, Gripped Outdoors | Comments Off on PrimaLoft Debuts 100 Per Cent Biodegradable Insulation

PrimaLoft debuts the first-ever 100 percent biodegradable synthetic insulation, designed to completely biodegrade in one year. PrimaLoft has coated each fiber with “food” that makes it more appealing to the naturally occurring microbes in […]


Marmot West Rib Parka Uses WarmCube Technology

February 4th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Apparel, Gear | Comments Off on Marmot West Rib Parka Uses WarmCube Technology

Marmot debuted its new WarmCube technology with this hybrid down/synthetic jacket at the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Denver. The idea behind WarmCube is to employ 3D construction to conform to the curves of […]


The North Face Futurelight is Apparel Game Changer

February 4th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Apparel, Gear, Gripped Outdoors, News | Comments Off on The North Face Futurelight is Apparel Game Changer

In Fall 2019, The North Face is launching an advanced breathable-waterproof outerwear technology, which their athletes say is a game changer for outdoor apparel. As The North Face states, “Futurelight will redefine the future […]


Screaming Barfies: Why?! and How to Avoid

February 4th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Apparel, Gear, Profiles | 1 Comment »

It’s cold out there in Canada this season but Canadian ice climbers don’t like to sit still with so much ice around, whether it’s 0°C or -40°C. This winter has served up some blasts […]


Cool New Handcrafted Rope Bracelets

January 30th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Apparel, Gear | Comments Off on Cool New Handcrafted Rope Bracelets

Cami Jewelry makes handcrafted rope bracelets to support the Sherpas in the Mount Everest region. “We have made a bracelet with actual climbing rope that was used during his Everest expedition in 2017. For […]


Arc’teryx Launches Gear Library and Contest

December 6th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Apparel, Gear, Gripped Outdoors | Comments Off on Arc’teryx Launches Gear Library and Contest

The Gear Library provides customers with the tools and inspiration they need to explore the great outdoors, free of charge. “We wanted to give our communities the opportunity to try new product and inspire […]


Patagonia’s New Cashmere Line of Winter Clothes

November 29th, 2018 by gripped | Posted in Apparel, Gear | Comments Off on Patagonia’s New Cashmere Line of Winter Clothes

Patagonia has released a new recyclable fabric line of clothes with the introduction of recycled cashmere sweaters and hats. Patagonia took the high-demand resource and produced a line of comfortable winter clothes, including a […]