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

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…

3 reasons to explore a new country by bike

Date April 4, 2019 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" If you live by the expression, “it’s about the journey, not the destination,” cycle tours …

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…

Award-winning gear: 20 top picks from the pros

Date December 4, 2018 Found in "Gear" When adventure calls, you want to be sure you can keep up. And to do that, you’ll need dependable gear that’s be…

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…

Trekking to Everest Base Camp? Read this first

Date January 16, 2019 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips, Travel and places" Telling people you’ve hiked to Everest Base Camp (EBC) in Nepal can be…

Clothing layers: how to stay warm

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

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…

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…

Everest base camp trek packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your trek to Everest base camp with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the evenings eatin…

Gift ideas for your friend who’s always cold

Date October 30, 2018 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…

Fall edit: top gear picks to beat the chill

Date September 5, 2019 Found in "Activities, Gear" Forget pumpkin spice – the real first sign of fall is when you think, “I should’ve brought another …

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…

The Inca Trail packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the Inca Trail trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the evenings eating and relax…

Lodge-to-lodge Salkantay trek packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the lodge-to-lodge Salkantay trek with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the evenings ea…

Patagonia W Circuit trek packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the hiking the Patagonia W Circuit with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the evenings e…

Camino de Santiago trip packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the Camino de Santiago trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the cities and for ev…

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…

Mount Kilimanjaro summit packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the Mount Kilimanjaro summit (Machame route) with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the …

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…

Animal welfare

You’ll find a wide variety of fibres and materials in the outdoor clothing and gear world. Materials like down and wool were common before synthetics …

Sri Lanka multi-sport adventure packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the Sri Lanka multi-sport trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the cities and for…

Italy hiking, food and wine trip packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your trip to Italy’s Amalfi Coast with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the evenings ea…

Colombia discovery trip packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the Colombia discovery trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the cities and for ev…

New Zealand multi-sport adventure packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your New Zealand trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the cities and for evenings…

Gift ideas for adventurous kids

Date November 6, 2018 Found in "Gear" A kid who’d rather be on two wheels than two feet. A toddler discovering snow for the first time. A teen who liv…

Vietnam cycling trip packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your Vietnam cycling trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the cities and for even…

Thailand multi-sport adventure packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your Thailand multi-sport trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the cities and for…

Patagonia multi-sport adventure packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your Patagonia multi-sport trip (in Argentina and Chile) with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your …

Tuscany cycling trip packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your Tuscany cycling, food and wine trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the citi…

Spain and Portugal multi-sport adventure packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the Spain and Portugal multi-sport adventure trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in…

Costa Rica adventure and nature trip packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your Costa Rica trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the cities and for evenings …

Morocco discovery trip packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the Morocco discovery trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the cities and for eve…

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…