Temperature ratings for jackets? No. Just... no.

Temperature ratings for jackets? No. Just… no.

Lately, we’ve been fielding the same question from many of our customers: “What temperature are these jackets rated for?” We’ve been asked so many times, in fact, that we thought it made sense to write an in-depth article explaining our…

How to layer outdoor clothing

How to layer outdoor clothing

What is Layering? If you’ve spent any time in the outdoors, you’ve heard the term “layering.” If you’re new to outdoor activities, though, or maybe if you own a fleece or rain jacket but not much else in the way…

Backpacking Gear List from Rock/Creek's Experts

Backpacking Gear List from Rock/Creek’s Experts

Are you looking for a backpacking gear checklist? We get this question quite a bit, so we’ve created this essential gear list. Please let us know what you think in the comments below, and share if we’ve done a good…

Quick reference: a "cheat sheet" for buying down-filled Marmot sleeping bags

Quick reference: a “cheat sheet” for buying down-filled Marmot sleeping bags

You probably know this already, but Marmot makes really, really nice sleeping bags, especially the down bags. Honestly, it’s hard to go wrong with any of them! That said, there are so many different Marmot down sleeping bags, it can…

The Rock/Creek guide to Marmot rain jackets

I’ll be the first to admit it: it can be a bit confusing to shop for rain jackets. It seems every manufacturer has their own proprietary waterproofing technology, a couple of trademarked names, and there must be hundreds of different…

What is Synchilla?

What is Synchilla?

Deep in Chilean Patagonia, on a single, remote ridge in the foothills of the Andes mountain range, in the shadow of the volcano Tinguiririca, the Patagonia Synchilla roams free. After growing fat on the scrubby, native vegetation that clings to…

New Osprey styles in stock for Fall

Osprey Radial 34 Osprey Kyte 46 Osprey Ozone 80 Osprey Spin 22 Osprey Pixel 22 Osprey Shuttle 80 Osprey Beta 20 Osprey Tempest 20 Best-selling camping gear for Fall: MSR Hubba Hubba NX Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 Arc’teryx Cerium LT…

The North Face Thermoball Jackets are back!

The North Face Thermoball Jackets are back!

This time last year, The North Face was busy introducing their new Thermoball jacket collection. Jackets are expensive, of course — so one of the hardest things for a clothing manufacturer to do is introduce a jacket no one has…

Introducing the Patagonia Nano-Air Jacket

Introducing the Patagonia Nano-Air Jacket

It’s after Labor Day (already!?!), which means the new Patagonia fall & winter clothing is filling up our stores in preparation for the cold weather ahead. Most exciting of these new arrivals for fall & winter 2014: the Patagonia Nano-Air…

Which Patagonia fleece jacket is the best fleece jacket for you?

Which Patagonia fleece jacket is the best fleece jacket for you?

This fall, I’ve already had three friends send me an email or text with the same question: “Which is the best fleece jacket?” It can be a difficult question to answer, because there are so many fleece jackets available, and…