Gear Review: Vaude Citus 24L Daypack

Our friend Daniel over at Trail and Mountain recently took an in depth look at the new Vaude Citus ultralight backpack. The pack weighs in at only 1.1 pounds, making it a super light option for day hikes, bike commutes, and peak bagging.  The Citus features a ventilated mesh back panel, along with ventilated shoulder straps and a hip belt making it super breathable and further cutting weight.

In his review, Daniel says that "where the pack really excels is the back panel" calling it "really really cushiony, and breathable."

Watch the full review here:


Gear Review: Edelweiss Curve ARC

Photo: Gearographer Review

Shannon Sollitt and the gear team at Gearographer recently had the chance to try out one of the most versatile ropes from Edelweiss, the Curve 9.8mm. The Curve is part of the Perform3 family (meaning that is has been engineered with the ideal balance of durability, handling, and performance) and is a great option for climbers of all skill levels. The 9.8mm diameter is light enough that it can be carried with ease on long approaches, but also durable enough to handle 8 UIAA falls and abuse for years to come.

The rope reviewed by Shannon was the ARC model featuring a bi-pattern weave to help easily identify the rope's middle and a bright green color that looks great in photos. She says that the rope is "easy to handle, light to carry, and feels mighty trustworthy to climbing partners on either end of it" and calls it the "perfect single-rope companion for sport and trad climbers of all abilities."

Read Shannon's full review here


Employee Spotlight: Makayla Williams

Growing up I had a love/hate relationship with the outdoors. My family loved camping and fishing at Rose Valley Lake and Rock Run. I'll never forget the first fish that I caught with my Barbie themed fishing pole. When my mom told me that I had to take it off the hook, I ran away and cried at the thought of touching that slimy fish.
Fast forward to now, I've been working at Liberty Mountain for the past 3 years and have been surrounded by thousands of outdoor products and people who love the outdoors. I've been rekindling my relationship with the outdoors recently and I'm having fun trying new things outside! 😎

Name: Makayla Williams

Number of years working for Liberty Mountain:

Job title: Amazon Coordinator, Big box Mastermind

What you do at Liberty Mountain: I take care of the Amazon orders that come through on the warehouse side; labeling, packing, and getting them out the door!

Hobbies and Interests: Cross stitching, nail painting/nail art, reading, video games, binge watching shows on hulu/Netflix, coloring

Favorite activity: Pretending to be Team Rocket with my daughter (I'm Jessie and she's Meowth)

Favorite outdoor areas: Any of the parks near my house 
Top-five favorite movies: Troll Hunter, Kill Bill vol 1 & 2, Interstellar,  The Man from UNCLE, No Country for Old Men

Top-five favorite books: Game of Thrones, Any book by Terry Pratchett, Hatchet, Crank, The House on Mango Street

Top-five favorite bands: Paramore, Fall out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Panic! at the Disco, Ed Sheeran 

Inspirational Hero: My grandmother

Inspirational quote: "Teamwork makes the dream work." "Chocolate fixes everything." 

Dream vacation: I'd love to see Italy one day!

Cake or pie: Chocolate cake with peanut butter icing

Dogs or Cats: Neither, unfortunately I'm allergic to both


VAUDE Honored as a Pioneer for Transparency

Bettina Roth, Head of Quality and Chemicals Management accepts the award

The German outdoor company Vaude has once again been recognized for its sustainability efforts. This time the award comes from a German ranking of sustainability reports and is supported by BAMS and the Institute for Ecological Economic Research. Vaude was praised for its sustainability report's "exemplary transparency" and was presented the award on September 23 at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in Berlin. The company was one of six nationally to receive the award out of the 120 analyzed.

The sustainability report can be seen online here


Gear Review: Peregrine Camping Products

Photo from Trail and Ultra Running's post
The crew at Trail and Ultra Running recently took a few Peregrine Camping products along on some of their race travels. They tested out the Refuge hammock along with a Peregrine strap kit and the Radama 4 tent. 

Here's a sample of what they had to say:

Refuge Hammock: "What sets this hammock apart is its durability and strength compared to the competition."

Radama 4 Tent: "We can say with confidence that if you’re looking for a tent that is comfortable and can sleep a family of 4 right out of the car, the Peregrine Ramada 4 is the right tent."

Read the full article here


Gear Review: Cypher Shoes

Our friends up north at Ontario Climbing recently published a review praising two models of Cypher shoes, the Codex and Sentinel. The reviewer tried the shoes during a few days at the crag and the shoe's performance not only impressed him, but his climbing partners as well. 

The performance of the Codex was described this way: "I felt like I was cheating. Miniscule footholds felt like ledges. It was effortless to stand on holds I would normally skate off without intense focus." 

The Sentinels like this: "Anyone who knows me would agree the Sentinels are more my style. I’m obsessed with climbing shoe comfort. While these were sized about a half-size small for me, they were still infinitely comfortable."

Read the full review here


Gear Review: Peregrine Radama 6 Tent

The Gear Review team at "Backcountry Exposure" recently tested the Radama 6 tent from Peregrine Equipment. The tent is relatively new to the lineup and makes a great choice for families looking to spend some time in the outdoors. The reviewer Devin says that the tent "kills the competition with the features that are included" and is "perfect for family car camping."

To learn more about the Radama 6 and the full lineup of Peregrine Tents, visit the website here

Watch the full video here