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GEAR REVIEW: Orsden Slope Jacket

Growing up in Northern Vermont you get used to the long, cold winter at a young age. It’s not unheard of for temperatures to be negative double digits for weeks on end. It’s essential to have the right gear for those situations. I’ve always loved the saying “there’s never wrong conditions just wrong gear.”

The Slope Jacket from Orsden is an essential piece of gear to have with you on those cold mornings when you’re scraping ice from a windshield and shoveling a long driveway. They make a Men’s and Woman’s versions. 

On a side note, I grew up in Vermont and spent 30 cold winters enjoying the snow, cold & some of the best ski resorts on the east coast. I started to dislike the cold more and more in my late 20s and decided to move to Florida in the winter of 2013. I currently don’t live in the cold, but I sure do remember it. I’m happy to tell you some winter stories, just come down here to Florida and we’ll sit on the beach in shorts and flip flops and talk. Ha ha

Anyways, back to the review of Orsden’s Slope Jacket. Upon getting the jacket I instantly noticed it is made of strong materials that feel like it could withstand some serious use and not rip or wear out. The stitching is strong and it has a ton of built in features. I personally don’t normally wear a hood and the fact that this jacket has one that zips off is a nice touch. The 4 way stretch construction gives you a nice looking fit without feeling like it restricts your movements. It has 5 pockets around the jacket and interior tapered cuffs to keep the snow out in the deep powder. It also has under arm pit-zips allowing you to cool off in a hurry after hiking to your favorite powder line. 

With all the features this jacket has I’m holding onto it until I decide to  move back up North for the the cold winters. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants something stylish and sleek but also warm and super comfortable. It’s a great mix of style and comfort, in fact it’s the most comfy jacket I’ve worn. 

 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Orsden Slope Jacket for free from Orsden as coordinated by Outdoor PR in consideration for review publication.

GEAR REVIEW: CrossKix APX

Most of the time when I paddleboard I’m barefoot. When paddling, going barefoot allows me to “feel the board” which give me more control on the water. 80% of the time I paddle this way, barefoot and loving it!

There are some situations where I don’t want to be barefoot and require something protecting my foot. The major situation I encounter includes rivers and most specifically whitewater rivers. When paddling on a river, or anywhere you might have to get out and walk, having a good sole supporting your feet and protection covering your toes is essential.

Recently I had the chance to test out one of the newest products offered by CrossKix, a pioneering footwear company creating functional footwear. The sleek, aggressive and stylish designs coming from this newer organization sets them apart from your normal EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) mold injected shoe company.

I instantly noticed how light yet solid these shoes felt. The soft EVA material seemed to hug my foot as I slipped them on. The holes on the bottom of the sole and sides of the shoe give the water a place to drain out as your paddling through rapids or just walking in the rain.

You can be sure that I’ll be keeping these shoes with my quiver of paddling gear to protect my feet when paddling.

Key Features: 

  • Ultra Lite Kix Upper
  • Wear Moldable Footbed
  • Completely Water Submersible
  • Daily or athletic use

Crosskix 2.0 and APX

Crosskix behind the brand

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Pannier Backpack Convertible for free from crosskix.com as coordinated by Outdoor PR in consideration for review publication.

GEAR SPOTLIGHT: AO SUP Cooler

This is the first cooler specifically designed with paddle boarding in mind.  Purchase this cooler by itself or with attachments. This cooler has 4 eye-hooks making it easy to tie down when you ‘re on the go, whether it’s on the water or on the road. Designed for Stand Up Paddle boarding but works anywhere. It will hold 15 cans plus 5 pounds of ice. Dimensions: 15″ x 9.5″ x 9″.       -AO Website
Getting tired of eating squished PB&J for lunch while on the river. This cooler could be the next piece of gear you need to pack a more appetizing and nutrient rich lunch for your day of paddling. This cooler will hold your lunch and a few drinks without squishing it. Better yet, this cooler attaches to your board so you don’t risk it falling over board. Check it out here. Let us know what you think!

GEAR REVIEW: Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Sacks

“A less expensive and less bulky alternative to traditional dry bags. You can squash these into spots ordinary heavy dry bags won’t go. It fits into little corners of a sea kayak and it’s light enough to take backpacking or adventure traveling. These bags are suitable to keep contents dry in any wet situation where the bag is not submerged. They come in 1, 2, 4, 8, 13, 20, 35 L options and a variety of neon colors.”

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The Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Sacks are great if you’re trying to pack light, but don’t count on them to keep your stuff dry. I’m on my 3rd bag because I can’t afford the extra weight. If you’re canoe camping or day tripping I strongly recommend a heavier, more traditional dry bag like the Sea to Summit Hydraulic Dry Bag. They last longer, can take more of a beating and are more likely to keepyour stuff dry.

IMG_4512 If you insist on the lightweight bag be careful where you put it down. Something as little as a pricker bush or sneaky as a puppy looking for treats can easily put a hole in these bags.