Best long underwear – Hot Chillys

Get ready for the ski season with a pair of Hot Chillys!

These are the most comfortable and effective long underwear I have tried. Their four-way stretch won’t hinder your mobility, they are as toasty as the name suggests, and have proven to be very breatheable as well as durable.

One might hesitate when looking at the pricetag, and believe me I have test driven plenty of cheaper pairs and alternatives, however none has proven as effective as my chillys. Dana swears she has had one of her pairs for 7 seasons and often wears them as leggings for apres ski outfits, when they are that functional and last that long they are an awesome value!

Hot Chillys
Hot Chillys

Key Features:


  • Material: Polyester; Bio-Silver antimicrobial yarns to help control odor
  • Elastic closure
  • Fabric is lightly sanded on the inside for added softness, comfort and warmth
  • UPF rating of 30+, Warmth Factor = 8
  • Anatomical body fit design for freedom of movement and added support to help reduce fatigue
  • Flat seam construction for seam strength and to eliminate abrasion


  • Our Rating:
  • Super elastic, warm and comfortable
  • Price range: $39.99 – 69.95

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Best trail running shoes – Salomon XT Wings 2 GTX

Salomon Men's XT Wings 2 GTX Trail Running Shoe
Salomon Men’s XT Wings 2 GTX Trail Running Shoe

Are you looking for trail running shoes? I bought a pair of Salomon trail running shoes earlier this year and I think they are great for hiking and trail running.

Even though they are super lightweight, I have never gotten wet feet in them yet and I have been using them in snow-covered terrain on a multiple day backpacking hike. They offer fantastic traction in muddy and snow covered terrain.

The quick-lace system is very convenient and provides a snug fit. The shoe feels comfortable and I have never gotten blisters in them yet.

I found another very detailed review of the Salomon XT Wings 2 on

Key Features:

  • Waterproof
  • Material: [Upper] mesh, textile, rubber; [Membrane] Gore-Tex XCR
  • Sole: [Footbed] Ortholite, molded EVA heel; [Midsole] triple-density EVA w/ Pronation Control; [Outsole] Contagrip
  • Arch Support: High
  • Lacing: Quicklace
  • Weight: [Pair, size 9] 1lb 11.2oz (774g)
  • 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty


  • Our Rating:
  • Lightweight and waterproof
  • Price range: $127.99 – $160

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