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Au Sommet Blog

When the weather starts warming up, the idea of running can be quite divisive. Some people love it, others... Not so much. Starting to run can be a daunting task, even for those who are more athletically-inclined. If you're looking to get started running this spring and summer, here's a few tips to help you get off on the right foot.
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For Spring 2017, The North Face has refreshed their Apex line of windproof jackets and introduced the fully waterproof Apex Flex GTX series of jackets. The Apex Flex GTX is constructed from a new bonded waterproof fabric that combines a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane with an "ultra-soft knit interior" and a "stretch-woven exterior" to create a jacket that prioritizes comfort and wear-ability as well as impermeability to water. With the Apex Flex series, The North Face promises jackets that are “impossibly dry” and “ultra soft” and we were very interested to see if they lived up to that hype.
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Michelle Bousquet is a Montreal businesswoman and an ultramarthon runner. While some of us struggle to finish our 10km runs, Michelle Bousquet can find the motivation to run 100km in just over a day. Read about her experience running the Ultra-Trail Harricana du Canada and the Mont Blanc CCC.
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It might surprise some of you to know, but my human is rarely content with only me. My human insists on maintaining a wide-variety of hobbies that take her out of my domain. For example, this week my human brought home a variety of snack carriers and catnap bags for me to explore. She seems to think that she alone will be using them for her adventures and human-only activities. She thought wrong. Here are my ratings of the packs she gave me to investigate.
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Last winter, Zach and I took on an exciting challenge with our coworker Caroline. Our goal was to summit all 46 of the High Peaks in the Adirondack region between the months of May and September, and ideally before her (not that we are competitive or anything...).
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The choice in technical clothing offered by outdoor companies is vast and often complicated if you don't understand why products are created. For hiking, cycling, going out climbing, running trails or simply for walking in the city there are many different shell options. This guide seeks to explain the ins and outs of the world of shells so you can make the best choice for your needs.

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With several different types of base layers on the market, which should you choose?  Synthetic, merino, blends, and even compression are some of the options out there.  For simplicity’s sake, today we will focus on two of the major materials in the outdoor industry: synthetic versus merino.  Both fabrics have their ups and downs, so it’s important to know the differences to get the specific performance that you desire.

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Down items lose their effectiveness if they are not washed; they will last longer and keep you warmer if they are well taken care of.  Built up oils and dirt will reduce loft and as a result, warmth. However, it's important to not wash too often, as that can reduce longevity also. The amount you wash depends on usage care.
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The tent that you will take on your next camping trip will either help or complicate your outdoor experience. It is important to analyze your needs before buying this piece of equipment to find the tent that meets your specific needs. At the beginning of your search, ask yourself the following questions:
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What are the best pants for all-round summer use? I would be tempted to argue for no pants at all, or at least shorts, but sometimes in today's society they are a necessity. 
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What is the ideal pack for you? Read on to find out!

Know Your Size!

For a perfect fit, it is important to have the right back length for your backpack, the right shoulder strap sizing, and the right hip belt size. A person's overall height is not important. What matters is the length of a person's torso.

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