The Zephir Altitude met all my basic criteria for a ski mountaineering harness: lightweight, a belay loop, and the ability to take on and off with skis on. After using this harness over the past year and a half, I am a full convert.
Arc’teryx, which never does anything half-assed, is now making shoes and all signs point to the same kind of manufacturing and design quality we've come to expect from the company. We recently got a first look at these kicks during an unveiling last month in Chamonix, France, and left wanting a pair, stat (they officially hit stores for Spring/Summer 2015).
Every spring I reluctantly throw away favorite T-shirts. Cotton alone does not stand the test of time. Enter Marine Layer, a San Francisco-based clothing company. Like many Bay Area start-ups, Marine Layer began by solving a problem—replacing that old worn-in-just-right T after it gets tossed into T-shirt Heaven.
I’ve had the chance to shoot with a couple of these cameras including, most recently, Fuji’s X-M1. It sits a couple steps below the company’s premier mirrorless cameras, like their X-T1, and therefore lacks some important features, like a traditional eye-level viewfinder. But what it lacks in features, it makes up for in image quality.