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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: NRS 3.8L Heavy-Duty Bill’s Bag

One of the most important things you need to think about when planning a paddling trip is how you’re going to keep everything dry. It doesn’t matter if you’re going out for a few hours on a sunny day or planning a multi-day river trip in the middle of April… you need to keep things dry!

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I best item I have purchased in the past few years is the NRS 3.8L Heavy-Duty Bill’s Dry Bag. It’s everything you know and expect from NRS including quality materials, solid construction and an amazing warranty. The entire bag is made up of a strong 21 oz. PVC/Polyester material with a 34 oz. PVC/Polyester on the bottom 6 inches for increased durability. The massive 3.8L (6500 cubic inches) of space allows you to carry all of your gear safe and dry. The 4 heavy duty compression straps allow you to compact and stabilize your gear on your board or boat. Its built-in backpack straps allow for easy carrying when portaging around dams and rapids.

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I purchased this bag in the spring of 2014 right before I took off for a 2 week river trip in Western Pennsylvania. I wanted something to carry the majority of my big and important things like: sleeping bag, tent, clothes, sleeping pad and cooking items. It held all of these items with room for more. I didn’t want to pack it too much because I was strapping it to my BIC SUP Ace-Tec Wing 12’6” and there is only so much space on the top. I also included two 20L Dry bags from SealLine and a 6L Dromedary from MSR on the front of my board to even out the weight.

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I don’t know if there’s anything bad about this bag. One thing I would say is, you want to be careful not to pack it too full because of its size it’s easy to pack more in the bag than you can carry on your back. Awesome bag and is one of my  essentials when planning trips anywhere winter or summer.

Check out this great video from our friends at NRS