Camping

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Best Camping Mattresses and Sleeping Pads in 2024

Best Camping Mattresses and Sleeping Pads in 2024

Not only do camping sleeping pads add a layer of heavenly comfort between you and a patch of rocky soil, they also prevent precious body heat from escaping. Below, we review the best sleeping pads in 2024. Ready to get started? Jump to the section you want to read:Best single camping mattressesBest double camping mattressesWhat to look for when buying a sleeping padFrequently asked question The Top Sleeping Pads Reviewed ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name...
Best Ultralight Sleeping Bags

Best Ultralight Sleeping Bags

The success of any adventure often comes down to having the right gear. Unfortunately, certain key pieces of gear, like sleeping bags, are often cumbersome. Fret not. In this article, we show you what makes a sleeping bag ultralight, what to look for when choosing one, and offer up our top picks for 2024. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a newcomer to the trail, this guide will help you find the perfect ultralight sleeping bag to keep you warm and comfortable—without weighing you down. What Makes a Sleeping Bag Ultralight? Ultralight sleeping bags are designed to minimize weight without...
Starter Guide to Camping Kitchen Setup

Starter Guide to Camping Kitchen Setup

With the right gear, meals at a campground can rival those cooked at home. In this article, we’ll walk you through what you need, what you may want, and why it’ll make the process easier so you can get to enjoying your meal faster: Essential Gear for Camping Kitchen Setup Organizing yout camping kitchen Meal Planning and Preparation Safety Tips for Camping Cooking Essential Gear for Camping Kitchen Setup Screen Shelter & Canopy Wind and rain will make any camping situation harder than it needs to be. Armed with a screen shelter and a canopy, you’ll be able to defend...
Best Ultralight Tents for Backpacking

Best Ultralight Tents for Backpacking

Who doesn’t want a cabin in the woods? Better yet, who doesn’t want a portable cabin in the woods? OK, maybe a tent isn’t quite as luxurious as a cabin. Nevertheless, its spartan nature doesn’t mean it can’t be a safe and comfy place you can call home in the backcountry! Today, we take a look at the top backpacking and backpacking tents of the year.We’ve evaluated tents based on price, weight, packability, functionality, versatility, and durability. For its outstanding performance in all those areas, our top pick for 2024’s best backpacking tent goes to the Marmot Tungsten 1 Person...

Hiking

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Best Hiking Water Bottles & Bladders of 2024

Best Hiking Water Bottles & Bladders of 2024

When we hike, we exert energy. It’s important to hydrate to avoid any health risks and stay energized. If there’s one thing you don’t want to go without on your next hike—it’s water. You can survive in the woods for several weeks without food, but only about three days without water. In this article, we’ll dive into the different types of vessels you can bring on your hike to stay hydrated. They’ve been chosen to seamlessly nest within your gear, making carrying and drinking water an easy task outdoors. We’ll also go over some key attributes to consider and then...
5 Favourite Sandals for Summer 2024

5 Favourite Sandals for Summer 2024

The best summer sandals are versatile—taking you from city streets to mountain trails just as easily—and don't compromise on comfort, fit, or style. Having the right pair can make all the difference between a good day spent outdoors and one that ends in blisters, sore feet, and broken straps. Your ideal sandals shouldn't sacrifice fashion for form, offering features like cushioned footbeds, arch support, and adjustable straps. Fit, fabric, and function all play a part when choosing the right sandals for your summer activities. Here are our top picks, whether you're in search of an everyday pair for casual strolls...
Best Hiking Socks to Prevent Blisters

Best Hiking Socks to Prevent Blisters

Hiking can be an exhilarating experience. But, without the right gear, it can become a laborious trudge rather than a saunter. Though often overlooked, hiking socks play a vital role in ensuring comfort and performance on the trail, from preventing blisters to boosting comfort.In this guide, we explore:What causes blister How to Prevent BlistersWhat to Look for in Hiking SocksBest socks for day hikesBest socks for multi-day hikes WHAT CAUSES BLISTERS?Blisters, those pesky interlopers, arise from the demonic marriage between friction and moisture. Repetitive motions, uneven terrain, and ill-fitting footwear lead to rubbing between the foot and the sock or shoe, generating...
5 Best Daypacks for Day Hiking

5 Best Daypacks for Day Hiking

In this article, we’ll highlight the greatest features of daypacks, perfect for hikers at any experience level. We’ll show our favourite selections you can get today, and tips to make the most of your day hiking adventures. Happy trails! Types of daypacks for a typical day hike Best overall daypack Best options for trail running Best waterproof backpacks Best compact daypacks TYPES OF DAYPACKS FOR A TYPICAL DAY HIKE Daypacks are just big enough for key nutrition, hydration, extra clothing, and navigational tools while minimizing the amount of weight you have to tote into the woods. Before we show off our favourite daypacks, consider some of...

Running

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How To Train For a Half Marathon

How To Train For a Half Marathon

Embarking on a half marathon journey can be both exhilarating and challenging. In this insightful article, HOKA coach Anouka Trembaly shares her essential tips on training, to help you prepare for the big day and onwards. Meet AnoukaAnouka is actively involved in the running community as an ambassador for Je Cours QC, promoting marathon events in Quebec, and as a dedicated runner. She and her partner run their very own coaching club called Le Club des Flèches, where they offer personalized training plans for lovers of the sport. Her approach focuses on the joy of surpassing oneself, while respecting personal...
Best Running Shoes in 2024

Best Running Shoes in 2024

First and foremost, the type of running you do will largely determine the type of running shoe you choose. For example, are you focused more on road running or trail running? The difference is quite noticeable and will greatly influence your experience.Road running shoes are lightweight and breathable. They allow a fast and smooth stride, suitable over long stretches of flat terrain. Trail running shoes are designed to support your ankles. Above all, they have a stronger sole to protect your feet against the myriad obstacles littered across uneven terrain.Once you’ve identified the type of running you’ll be doing, start shopping...
Best Trail Running Shoes in 2024

Best Trail Running Shoes in 2024

From curvy single-tracks to rugged off-road terrain, trail running has a unique meaning for every person. Aside from the ultimate running gear, there’s one thing most trail runners need: the best trail running shoes to cushion and protect their feet. We considered many shoes and tested the best eight in this guide. We found the Salomon Sense Ride 5 Trail Runners to be the best in terms of traction, advanced features, and comfort. When looking for the best trail running shoes of 2024, we scoured the market for shoes with the best cushioning, flexibility, weight, and waterproofing. We’ve found the top...
The Complete Guide to Cold Weather Running

The Complete Guide to Cold Weather Running

For all of winter’s dazzling beauty, there’s something sinister about it. Yes, that fluffy, festive season is a special kind of bummer for runaholics. Friends might say Why don’t you just join a gym? Maybe they’ll even advise you to “take up indoor sports.” But they don’t get it—not really. For you, nothing can replace the simple elegance and steady rhythm of a good ol’ run.But this year is going to be different. Because this is the year you take running back from winter.We present you with the complete guide to cold weather running. By the end of this article,...

Jackets

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Canada Goose: Black Friday Sales & Online Scams

Canada Goose: Black Friday Sales & Online Scams

If you're like me, you spend a lot of time shopping on the internet. You may even have looked for discounted Canada Goose during a Canada Goose Black Friday deal. Your search results might have turned up a lot of...interesting options. Lots of questions arise about authenticity, especially with something as high-value and sought-after as a Canada Goose winter jacket. We'll look into it, plus answer questions like why Canada Goose costs what they do. There are many reasons why some would want to copy these premium winter jackets! ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Top Rated Canada Goose Parkas for Women Product Name Shop Product...
How to Choose the Right Winter Jacket

How to Choose the Right Winter Jacket

What Kind of Winter Jacket Do You Need? There are three main types of winter jackets. To find the right one for you, think about the activities you plan on doing. Do you need a jacket for walking around town and going to work, or are you looking for something to wear in the backcountry? ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Technical Winter Jackets Product Name Certified RDS DownDurable Water Resistant outer fabricWarm and light Shop Product Name Pertex Quantum Pro with DWRHelmet compatibleRipstop Shop Product Name Ultra-lightweight ripstop fabric800-fill RDS®-certified down insulationHighly packable design Shop Product Name Pertex Quantum NylonBreathable and compressibleHarness-compatible pockets Shop...
Best Winter Jackets for Kids

Best Winter Jackets for Kids

Some kids’ winter jackets are insulated with goose or duck down. Some use synthetic insulation. Almost all of them are waterproof and have lots of features for winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, and fun in the snow. But which features are essential and which are optional? Here are 10 of the very best kids’ winter jackets for boys and girls. Our metric is the same I use for my own kids: Warm, comfortable, and durable over multiple winters. Some of the top brands featured—like Canada Goose, The North Face and Patagonia—are trusted companies with many years of cold-weather research behind...
The Best Snowboarding Jackets of 2024

The Best Snowboarding Jackets of 2024

The real ones know it's true: snowboarding has nothing to do with skiing. Yes, there are some similarities, and maybe going down on two slabs isn't very different from going down on one, but in a much larger sense, snowboarding and skiing have as much in common as Brits and Canadians—very little. That being said, here's our selection of the best snowboard jackets for riding in style this winter. Best snowboarding jackets (women, men, and kids) Buying guide: what to look for when buying a snowboard jacket Best snowboarding brands ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente The Best Overall Jacket Brand Name | Product Type Product...

Climbing

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Best Climbing Shoes for 2023

Best Climbing Shoes for 2023

Quite different from traditional sport shoes, climbing shoes are designed to ensure a good grip on interior and exterior walls, support the foot, and offer a sharp responsiveness for better grip. But how do you choose the right ones? We review the best climbing shoes, and include a complete buying guide to help you choose the shoes that will bring you closer to being a pro climber. New to climbing? See our indoor climbing guide for beginners. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Best Climbing Shoes for Beginners The Black Diamond Momentum is an entry-level liner that offers excellent performance. It features a microfibre lining...
Getting Started with Indoor Climbing: Essential Gear and Tips

Getting Started with Indoor Climbing: Essential Gear and Tips

Bouldering vs. Sport Climbing: Two Thrilling Options When it comes to indoor climbing, there are two primary styles to choose from: bouldering and sport climbing. Each offers its own unique challenges and rewards. What is Bouldering? Bouldering involves climbing on shorter walls, typically around 5 meters in height, without the use of ropes or harnesses. The focus here is on short, powerful routes that require strength, technique, and problem-solving skills. Unlike sport climbing, bouldering can be enjoyed solo, making it a great option for those who prefer individual challenges. Moreover, bouldering is not just an individual pursuit; it's also a...
Best Climbing Backpacks 2022

Best Climbing Backpacks 2022

Whether you’re climbing at the gym, on the crag, or on the high mountain, having the best climbing backpack can make a world of difference. Climbing gear should be lightweight, made from breathable materials to wick away sweat so you’re more comfortable, and have a practical design. Since all the major outdoor brands have backpacks in the climbing space, it’s easy to find the right gear that suits your budget. We’ve rounded up the best climbing backpacks of 2022 to make it easy to find the right pack, no matter which type of climber you are. For more information, see our...
Best Climbing Pants for Men 2022

Best Climbing Pants for Men 2022

With the recent spike in popularity of climbing, finding the best climbing pants for men has become important for many male climbers. Whether you’re scrambling up a boulder or scaling the gym rock wall, you want climbing pants that are breathable, versatile, comfortable, weatherproof and abrasion-resistant. To save you loads of time, we’ve put together a no-frills list of the best climbing pants for different types of climbing. From bouldering to hot weather outdoor climbs to ascents in snow and ice, scroll through to find the climbing pants that will help you perform your best. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Top Pants for Climbing...

Packs & Travel

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10 Best Water Bottles for Kids

10 Best Water Bottles for Kids

Amidst the hustle and bustle, one crucial aspect that should never be overlooked is hydration. Staying hydrated is not only vital for children's overall health and well-being but also plays a significant role in their academic performance and energy levels. In this blog, we will explore the best water bottles for kids that combine functionality, durability, and style, making hydration an enjoyable experience.Don't forget to consult our related contents on back-to-school essentials, including our top picks for best school backpacks ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Overview of the best kids water bottles Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop...
10 Best Kids’ Backpacks For School

10 Best Kids’ Backpacks For School

From pencils and notebooks to calculators and lunch boxes, equipping your child for back-to-school is a serious undertaking. But arguably the most important piece of gear is the one that’s going to carry all the rest: their backpack. Of course, with so many backpacks on the market, the choice can be overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve already done the heavy lifting for you. Read on to discover the best backpacks for kids in 2023. Even though your little ones may have mixed feelings about the start of a new semester, a new backpack is sure to make things a bit more exciting!...
Best Laptop Backpacks & Bags for 2023

Best Laptop Backpacks & Bags for 2023

If you want to venture out of your house with your laptop, odds are you’ll need a laptop backpack. We use our laptops for work, staying connected, and keeping up to date, so it makes sense to protect them. Most laptop backpacks have the basic anatomy of a padded sleeve, roomy main compartment, and a smaller section for items like chargers, pens, and phones. Since laptop bags all look similar, how do you know which one is the best laptop backpack? Luckily, we’ve found the top ten best laptop backpacks on the market for 2023 and compiled them in this detailed...
Best Backpacks for University 2022

Best Backpacks for University 2022

Summer isn't over yet but it's never too early to get prepared for the upcoming school year. Make heads turn when you get back with one of our trendy and practical backpacks perfect for college and university. 5 top backpacks For university ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente This bag has all the characteristics of a perfect student backpack: several compartments, computer-ready and spacious. What I particularly like about the Campus is the insulated cooler pocket in the front, designed to slide in some snacks and keep them fresh throughout the day Price: 0.00$ Shop Brand Name | Product Type Product Name {"title":"","type":"one_column_multiple_image","products":null,"single_product_link":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/dakine-campus-l-33l-llll-dak-10002633","cta_1_text":"Shop","cta_2_text":"Shop","pros":"","cons":"","collection":null,"single_product_id":"","cta_1_url":{"url":"","is_external":"","nofollow":"","custom_attributes":""},"cta_2_url":{"url":"","is_external":"","nofollow":"","custom_attributes":""},"credit":null,"limit":null,"collection_link":null} ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente The...

Ski & Snowboard

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Best Backcountry Ski Backpacks in 2024

Best Backcountry Ski Backpacks in 2024

The ski season is fast approaching and, depending on where you live in Canada, some lucky ones have already made their first tracks in the fresh powder snow. For those who haven’t had snow yet, now is a great time to shop for ski gear—and that includes choosing one of the top backcountry backpacks for your future adventures.Let's break down the essentials:Selection of the best ski touring backpacksHow to choose your backpackImportant featuresAdvice on size ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente OUR SKI TOURING BACKPACK SELECTION Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product...
Our Most Popular Oakley Ski Goggles

Our Most Popular Oakley Ski Goggles

When the snow starts to fall and the wind starts to blow, having a clear field of vision is essential whether you’re skiing or snowboarding. For those of you on the hunt for a new pair of goggles, we’ve put together a list of our most popular Oakley goggles.We know shopping for goggles can be overwhelming, so add some ease to your shopping experience by using our helpful goggle guide to assist you in how to choose the right goggles for you.Oakley's Prizm Lens TechnologyOakley’s Prizm Technology is designed to accentuate colour contrast to help you see details with precision. Oakley...
Best Snowboard for Beginners of 2024

Best Snowboard for Beginners of 2024

This discipline is fun and flowy, with an emphasis on powder and the terrain park. In order to get that good, however, you’re going to need the best snowboard for beginners.With a fantastic selection of beginner boards, it’s never been easier to find the right option to meet your needs and style. A good beginner snowboard will not only help you learn the basics of this dynamic winter sport, but grow with you as you gather skills. Interested? Check out our list of the best snowboards for beginners below.Snowboard SelectionThese best beginner snowboards are some of the best learning boards...
Best Ski Goggles for Winter 2024

Best Ski Goggles for Winter 2024

I’ve been in the skiing game for a long time, and when I took a group of novice friends on a trip to the mountain, it gave me a whole new perspective on things. Most of my friends were equipped pretty basically—and in some cases, pretty poorly. Despite blue skies and fresh powder, equipment problems can cut short the fun on a perfect day out, and even drive people away from the sport altogether.So, first things first: Without the best ski goggles, your time spent having fun will be pretty short-lived. That’s why we’ve put together a list for you...

Cross-Country Ski

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The Cross Country Skiing Beginner’s Guide

The Cross Country Skiing Beginner’s Guide

Wednesday morning, 7:15 AM. The sun struggles to break through the clouds scattered here and there in the dawn sky. In just a few minutes, over to the east, it'll suddenly set the horizon ablaze, and I'll be able to turn off the headlamp lighting my way along the cross country ski trail. In less than two hours, I'll be back at work, at home in front of my computer. What makes a sane person leave the warmth of their bed so early, brave the biting cold, all to to get lost in the woods at this time of night...
What to Wear Cross-Country Skiing

What to Wear Cross-Country Skiing

Your friends hit the downhill slopes every weekend, but have you always wanted to try cross-country? You're not alone—cross country skiing is booming in 2022! Cross-country skiing is one of the best ways to keep fit in winter. It's a cardio activity, but it's also quite peaceful (imagine skiing through the woods!) and suitable for the whole family. And with the right cross-country ski clothing, it's easier than you might think.While it often costs hundreds of dollars to buy new downhill ski equipment, cross-country ski equipment and clothing is much more affordable. However, it's not always easy to know how...
Top 5 Places for Cross-Country Skiing in Quebec

Top 5 Places for Cross-Country Skiing in Quebec

Gaspésie National Park Cross-country skiing is one of the best ways to enjoy Quebec winters while staying in shape during the coldest months of the year.As we enter 2022, the reality of the world around us is still a bit different from previous years. And it seems like everyone has now taken up an outdoor activity. While this craze is certainly something to celebrate, the crowds at some once nearly-deserted areas can be discouraging for some. So we'd like to introduce you to our favourite options, some more well-known than others, for cross-country skiing (and its cousin: nordic skiing!) in...
Best Cross Country Skiing near Edmonton

Best Cross Country Skiing near Edmonton

Cross-country skiing may look slow-motion to those used to the speed of downhill, but in fact it’s a tranquil way to get outside and exercise - and far more demanding physically than you might think. What’s more, it’s widely accessible, with low-cost gear and trails that anyone can reach by public transportation. In The Cross Country Skiing Beginner’s Guide, our own Stéphanie Major shares her best tips and opens up about how cross country skiing helps her with seasonal depression. With many favourite activities cancelled or postponed due to COVID, and people getting more sedentary in winter anyways, there’s never been...