Matajur Hiking Trail

During a holiday in Slovenia in late November, we decided to take advantage of the good weather and went for a hiking trip to the Matajur mountain, which is located on the border between Italy and Slovenia. The starting point is, however, in Italy, at the mountain hut called Rifugio Pelizzo. Matajur is a quite popular destination for hikers from…

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Matajur Hiking Trail - the small church Chiesetta di Cristo Redentore on top

How long does hiking footwear last?

No pair of hiking boots lasts forever, and since high-quality boots are an expensive hiking essential, you’re probably wondering how long they’ll last for the money you spend. Many online articles on this topic suggest that robust hiking boots last from 600 to 700 miles (900-1200 km) and their lightweight counterparts from 400 to 500…

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How long does hiking footwear last?

2.5-Layer VS. 3-Layer Rain Jackets: What is a better option?

Rain jackets differ by layering construction and before purchasing a new rain jacket you should definitely check which layering construction it utilizes. Why? Well, the thing is that there is a big difference between 2.5-layer and 3-layer rain jackets in terms of weight, protection against the elements, durability packability and price. Both types of jackets…

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2.5-Layer VS. 3-Layer Rain Jackets: Left Montane Minimus 2.5L jacket and right Sherpa Makalu 3L jacket

Patagonia Capilene Midweight Zip-Neck Review

At the end of summer 2021, I received the Patagonia Capilene Midweight Zip-Neck and since then I’ve been regularly wearing it for hiking and running. The Patagonia Capilene Midweight Zip-Neck is a warm base layer. It is made of a brushed polyester fabric to provide good warmth to weight ratio. I asked to test it…

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Patagonia Capilene Midweight Zip-Neck: From the side

Hydration Vest VS Hydration Pack: What is a better option?

The popularity of hydration packs has decreased over the last couple of years and many athletes, recreational runners and speed hikers have started using hydration vests instead. Hydration vests indeed have several advantages over hydration packs. They provide better fit, bounce less and are more comfortable to wear in general. However, hydration vests also have…

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Hydration Vests vs Hydration Packs

Samsø Nordby Bakker Trail – Hiking Denmark

Denmark has several hundred islands, of which about 70 are inhabited. The island Samsø is nicknamed “the island in the middle” as it is placed in between the peninsula Jutland and the two largest islands Funen and Zealand. The northern part of the long and narrow island is less settled than the southern and 480 ha of the…

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Samsø Nordby Bakker Trail - view on the rolling hills of Nordby

Run Commuting: My Experience and Practical Tips

In the beginning of the year, I wasn’t particularly happy with my running performance. Due to a busy life, I’ve been running less and less and this really began to frustrate me. Getting more free time for running unfortunately wasn’t an option and thus I got increasingly interested in run commuting. I immediately knew that…

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Run Commuting: Avoid busy roads by planning the route beforehand

Sum Waterfall Hiking Trail – an Alternative to Soteska Vintgar

In early august we were on vacation around the picturesque Lake Bled in Slovenia, and of course we wanted to visit the beautiful Soteska Vintgar gorge in the area. It is a 1.3 kilometers long natural gorge, which you have to pay for to enter. We were, however, not the only ones who had that idea. At the parking…

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Sum Waterfall Hike - view from the footbridge down on the waterfall

Houdini Daybreak Softshell Jacket Review

In late May I received the Houdini Daybreak jacket for testing in exchange for an unbiased review. Since then, I’ve been wearing it regularly for hiking, mountaineering, everyday use and even cycling. The Houdini Daybreak is a lightweight softshell jacket which is designed for outdoor activities in windy conditions and/or light rain. When I unpacked…

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Houdini Daybreak Softshell Jacket: Thin and extremely breathable fabric

Thorlos Hiking Socks Review – LTH, KX and Extreme Cold

In late spring I received three pairs of Thorlos hiking socks for testing. Thorlos is a family-owned American performance socks company. Their socks are designed to reduce foot aches and pain with strategically placed padding. They have a huge selection of hiking socks which differ by insulation, level of cushioning and length. I received the…

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Thorlos Hiking Socks Review