Spring 2023 Gear Review

BioLite Energy, 425 Headlamp

For anyone who experiences the outdoors in the dark, a high-quality headlamp is mission critical. Biolite Energy has a long history of producing great headlamps in a large variety of sizes, colors and configurations. Their newest entry onto the market, the 425 Headlamp offers top-tier performance at a very reasonable price and an extremely light form factor. With a maximum output of 425 Lumens, the Headlamp 425 is extremely bright when operating at maximum brightness, but it can also be adjusted to provide lower outputs that will extend the battery to 60 hours when longevity is needed.Most impressive is the headlamp’s light weight and extremely slim form factor. These features balance the weight on your head with moisture-wicking fabric in the headband and offer a very secure fit. If you find yourself outside in the dark and moving around, the Headlamp 425 is the perfect way to shed some light onto the path in front of you.


AD Maddox, Fisherman’s Flask

Having a drink on the side of your favorite trout streams is one of life’s great pleasures. Renowned fly-fishing artist AD Maddox’s line of high-quality leather merchandise includes a stainless steel flask covered in brown leather embossed with a sleek trout profile that she designed. Handmade in Maddox’s adopted state of Montana, this flask is perfect for the hip pocket of your pants or inside pocket of your wading jacket. Maddox’s trout paintings are beautiful and highly sought after by collectors everywhere. Her leather Fisherman’s flask encapsulates the beauty of her art in a functional and handy way.


GiantMouse, Nibbler Folding Blade Knife 

Who says it has to be bigger to be better? Not Danish knife makers Jesper Voxnaes and Jens Anso, whose company, GiantMouse, makes a full range of fixed-and folding-blade knives. Among those blades is their ACE Nibbler folding-blade knife. Named after the baby mouse character in the “The Tom and Jerry Show” cartoon series, the Nibbler is a small but extremely capable knife with extremely wide appeal. Its small size makes it ideal for everyday carry (EDC), but don’t underestimate this blade. Available with a range of options from the colorful aluminum handles to the more subtle canvas micarta or even a very refined titanium handle. The Nibbler is available in a range of options, including colorful aluminum handles, more subtle canvas micarta and a very refined titanium handle. It also comes with a wire carry clip, and its compact size allows for plenty of other ways to bring this knife along on your adventures. Depending on your preferred handle, the Nibbler is available in three high-quality stainless-steel blades. Whether the Nibbler is your go-to everyday knife, or one that you rotate with a bigger blade, there’s little doubt that in this case, small is also mighty.


Baschieri & Pellagri, NEXT line of shotgun shells 

When it comes to competitive shotgun sports, no one wants to give up performance, even if it’s to help the environment. Baschieri & Pellagri have been making high-quality shotshell ammunition since 1885, and the outfit has developed a reputation for producing field-proven ammunition for hunters and competitive shooters. With its new NEXT line of shotgun shells, Baschieri & Pellagri are producing a more environmentally friendly shell that is loaded with its Green Core wad. Made with 100% biodegradable materials, this innovative wad consistently performs on par with or better than traditional plastic wads. The shells are currently available in 12-gauges across a variety of shot sizes from #7.5 up to #9, in both 1-ounce and 1 1/8-ounce loads. These new shells offer all the performance of traditional shells with less environmental impact. What’s not to like?

HOKA, Challenger ATR 7 running shoes

Completely redesigned, the Challenger 7 is made for runners who find themselves on roads and trails when they’re out for their morning run. HOKA has created a shoe that is more of a hybrid trail/road shoe than a shoe best suited for long road runs or very technical terrain. The Challenger 7 offers a breathable mesh upper and a new soft and cushioned mid-sole. The sole of this shoe is inspired by gravel tires with smaller, tightly spaced lugs in the center and larger, more aggressive lugs at the perimeter. Cushioned, comfortable and stable, the Challenger 7 has broad appeal to all sorts of runners and is extremely well suited for all but the most technical terrain.

www.hoka.com $145.00

Jack Wolfskin, Baiselberg hooded fleece jacked

Jack Wolfskin has long been known for using innovative, eco-conscious technologies in their gear and apparel. This approach has won the company accolades and helped it to create create some of the most enduring and high-performing jackets in the industry. The Baiselberg Hooded fleece jacket carries this legacy, and its comfortable fit and protection against the elements make it a great jacket when worn by itself or as a layer. This fleece jacket is available in a hooded full-zip style when you need that extra protection on blustery days, or in a half-zip variety without the hood. The Baiselberg’s stretch fleece ensures a snug fit and a high level of comfort. For those who are looking for a fleece jacket that brings a little more to the table, be sure to check out the Baiselberg before you buy.


Greys, Wing Streamflex 2/3 weight fly rod

Greys has made a name for itself on European rivers using light-line techniques. With their Wing Streamflex 2/3-weight fly rod, the outfit brings this experience to the States with an added element. The 9’8” Streamflex comes with an extra 12-inch blank that’s stored in the rod seat and can be added to the tip if you find yourself needing a little extra power on your casts. The Streamflex is a medium-fast rod that’s perfect on smaller streams and rivers where precise casts are important, but you won’t be without power if the wind picks up. The Streamflex is available in a variety of rod lengths, from 6’6” all the way up to 11’6” in 3- and 4- weight varieties, depending on rod length. If you fish smaller water and are looking for a very capable rod at an affordable price, the Greys Wing Streamflex line is worth a close look.


Dubarry of Ireland, Men’s Dunhill Leather Vest

Dubarry’s Dunhill Leather vest is an instant classic for anyone looking for the perfect combination of rugged and refined. Beautifully made of soft and supple walnut leather, the Dunhill vest is a striking garment sure to turn heads when you wear it. The vest’s quilted interior lining and light fill provide added warmth on those chilly spring days. The Dunhill is a great addition to anyone’s closet, and its versatility will make it your go-to no matter how you choose to spend your spring days.


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