Gear We’re Testing: MountainSmith trekking poles, an Osprey backpack and mountain biking essentials

Gear We’re Testing: MountainSmith trekking poles, an Osprey backpack and mountain biking essentials

Featured Image: Robin O’Neill/Whistler Blackcomb

Welcome to another roundup of Editor’s Reviews from FREESKIER. Each week our editorial staff provides in-depth, honest reviews about the gear we’re testing. Our goal? To point you towards the best brands and products on Earth so you can trust your equipment whole-heartedly and have as much fun in the mountains as possible. Read up on the products, below, then visit us again on Monday for more awesome gear coverage.


Osprey Ariel AG 75 backpack

This pack boasts an excellent fit thanks to a suspended mesh harness and plush hip belt.

“Summer, winter, all-day-trip or five-day trip, rest assured this thing has you very well covered…” Read more.


The North Face Men’s Endurus Hike Mid Gore-Tex hiking boot

The Endurus Hike Mid Gore-Tex is all about comfort.

“It’s incredibly lightweight and plush as can be, thanks to “XtraFoam” midsole technology…” Read more.


MountainSmith Halite 705 trekking pole

Studies show that you use up to 90-percent of your skeletal muscles while hiking or walking with poles.

“These poles come complete with removable hiking baskets, replaceable rubber boot tips and carbide tips for fantastic traction across all terrain…” Read more.


POC Tectal mountain biking helmet

The strategically placed, oversized top and back vents allow for a welcomed summer breeze.

“In addition to its aggressive, badass look, the Tectal has some supreme protective qualities included in its build…” Read more.

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