Alex Frost

Alex Frost is a content writer and editor at Outdoor Gear Exchange. He is an avid backpacker, trail runner, and gear enthusiast. When he's not on the trail, he resides in Burlington, Vermont with his lovely wife, Dharma.

5 Rain Jackets That Won’t Break the Bank

It’s the one piece of gear that you absolutely must have no matter the length of your trip, the weather forecast, or weight of your pack. When a sudden summer squall hits, having a rain jacket can make or break your time in the wilderness.

But a lot of them are pretty dang expensive.

Read on for our top picks for rain jackets that are not only functional, but aren’t … Read more >>

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Published:June 1, 2017 View Post

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So you want to start run commuting: 4 Essential items

Run commuting is an oft-overlooked “third way” of getting to work, provided you don’t live an unreasonably long distance from your job. While bike commuting gets all the press, getting your runs in to and from work is a great way to mix your workouts up and to do your part for ol’ Mother Nature. Besides your normal running wear, you’ll need a combination of specialized gear, hygiene supplies, and … Read more >>

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Published:March 20, 2017 View Post

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Best Trail Running Gear for Spring 2017

Spring is almost here, and with it, the call to get out on the trail becomes almost deafening. It doesn’t make it any easier that the new season also brings hot new gear from our favorite brands, either. Read on for some 2017’s top gear picks for trail running and build your stoke for warmer weather.

1. Arc’teryx Norvan VT Trail Running Shoes

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Published:March 13, 2017 View Post

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5 Valentine’s Day Gifts for your Backcountry Squeeze

This Valentine’s Day, skip the tired, lazy tradition of flowers, chocolates, and jewelry and get your better half something that you’ll both actually want to use. After all, you both love the outdoors, right? That’s why you’re together, right? That’s why you’re shopping on this website, right? Reading this blog?

1. The Nemo Mezzo Loft Duo

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Published:February 9, 2017 View Post

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Premier Gear: Meidjo Telemark Bindings

The M Equipment Meidjo 2.0 Telemark Binding

For the tele skier who wants it all.

The M-Equipment, brainchild of French mechanical engineer Pierre Mouyade, has delivered version 2.0 of its highly innovative Meidjo binding. Merging a Dynafit-style low-tech toe piece with an NTN-style “duckbutt” second heel, these step-in bindings not only tour extremely efficiently, they tackle the downhill with equal gusto, offering fantastic lateral rigidity (and therefore edge control) and smooth telé-rêsistançe with their adjustable springbox. … Read more >>

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Published:January 27, 2017 View Post

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Brand Spotlight: Mountain Khakis

Mountain Khakis’ mission is simple, to-the-point, and most importantly, authentic: They want to be the best damn mountain-inspired lifestyle brand.

Period.

It’s not an uncrowded field these days, however, with companies popping up like mushrooms after a spring rain all offering a similar pitch–for the millenial #vanlifers, for the climbing bum, for the spirit of wanderlust that burns bright in today’s young and “gainfully unemployed.”

So what makes Mountain Khakis … Read more >>

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Published:November 30, 2016 View Post

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Premier Gear: Osprey Kresta & Kamber Backcountry Packs

Katie Paulson and Daniel Sohner make thier way up a couloir in Marble, CO

Carry Everything You Need Into the Backcountry

There are several qualifying characteristics that elevate a backcountry ski and snowboard pack from its less winter-oriented cousins. A streamlined design is a must, as is the ability to carry skis, snowboards, and splitboards comfortably. All things being relative, there are quite a few packs on the market that fit this description. Are there any packs that take these features, and distill them … Read more >>

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Published:November 17, 2016 View Post

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Winter Hiking Tips Brought to you by Vasque

Vasque Presents Winter Hiking Tips

There’s nothing quite like hiking in the winter. 

The stillness, the solitude, the muffled crunch of your footsteps as you explore pristine, untracked wilderness–finding yourself in a winter wonderland is always an uplifting experience.

There are some things you have to keep in mind when you go out on wintertime treks, however. Hiking in the winter presents a unique set of challenges and precautions that need to be taken compared … Read more >>

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Published:November 11, 2016 View Post

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2017 Ski Gear Spotlight: The Hot New New

It’s time to get stoked.

There’s snow on the top of Mansfield, dawn patrols are becoming a before-work ritual, and the freshest gear in snowsports has made it to the Outdoor Gear Exchange. And, as the seasons change and the world turns, so do the items that make it onto our staff’s “most-coveted” list.

Check it out.

The Marker Griffon 13 ID Bindings

Eminently flexible, the Griffon 13 ID Bindings, … Read more >>

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Published:October 31, 2016 View Post

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Most Valuable Gear: 2015 Scarpa Freedom SL Alpine Touring Boot

The best of both worlds for the ascent and descent


When SCARPA first released the Freedom SL boots in 2013, they were lauded industry-wide as offering next level tourability with a hard charging descent at a weight anyone could love.

Built with a high, alpine boot-esque cuff, a category leading range of motion of 27°, and a custom intuition liner for warmth, comfort, and a great fit, the Freedom SL … Read more >>

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Published:October 21, 2016 View Post

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