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How to choose base layers

Merino wool and synthetic base layers offer a wide range of benefits over typical activewear leggings, tights or cotton tees, and are far more versati…

Bluesign

Quick-drying cycling jerseys, waterproof-breathable alpine jackets, even merino wool base layers – they all involve yarns, dyes, and sometimes special…

Materials and technology

How do ideas for MEC-label products happen? Sometimes it starts with a challenge from a designer to the materials team, asking for a more breathable o…

Wool garments for the outdoors

From temperature regulation to dirt and odour repellency, there are many reasons to add wool clothing to your active wardrobe. As a base layer for run…

Where to travel now: fall edition

Date October 5, 2016 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" With busy summer vacation months behind us and peak season airline rates dropping, there…

Clothing layers

What’s the secret to staying warm and comfortable when active outside? Layers. Layering your outdoor clothing adds comfort by protecting your body fro…

Winter camping tips: 26 things beginners should know

Date February 27, 2017 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Many people think winter camping is something impossible or extreme. But in realit…

22 gift ideas for your most outdoorsy friend

Date November 15, 2017 Found in "Gear" The friend who posts incredible photos of untamed wilderness and nameless peaks. The one who’s always either pl…

Gift ideas for your friend who’s always cold

Date November 1, 2017 Found in "Gear" We all know this person. They’re the one wearing a blanket indoors. They hang out in fuzzy onesies and sleep in …

MEC Ambassador picks for trail running gear

Date April 23, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" Part of what makes trail running so amazing is its simplicity. You don’t need much gear to enjoy the f…

11 super cozy fall looks

Date September 17, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" What’s your first real sign of fall? Maybe it’s digging out your favourite giant scarf for a weeke…

The evolution of ski style

Date December 6, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear" There’s a stack of old MEC catalogues in our office and online, and I’ve mined through the pages to …

Gifts for your friend who has #goals

Date November 15, 2017 Found in "Gear" Shred it. Send it. Sprint it. Whatever activity they do, they’re always pushing to be better, faster and strong…

Bluebird to whiteout: what to wear when you go skiing

Date October 12, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Wherever you live in our beautiful nation, one thing is pretty much guaranteed each…

Gift ideas for your friend who wants to get outside more

Date November 8, 2017 Found in "Gear" Floating over powdery drifts on snowshoes for the first time. Seeing a city from a new perspective, high up on a…

Animal welfare

Being able to trace down and wool back to the farms they come from is a large part of making sure animal welfare standards are being upheld. Responsib…

Gift ideas for the not-so-dirtbag skier

Date November 1, 2017 Found in "Gear" Living to ski as much as possible is no easy task; it takes considerable commitment and planning. It’s all about…

Essential gear for camping in the Prairie provinces

Date August 9, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear" The Prairie provinces are incredibly vast, comprised of everything from grasslands to mountains. There…

The SJAM Winter Trail: Ottawa’s winter wonderland

Date February 7, 2018 Found in "Activities, Community, Stories" Helping people get active outdoors is what we’re all about. But living in a major city…