Thanksgiving week is a time for family, food, football, and the outdoors. I'm glad to be spending part of my week with my parents, aunt, and brother-in-law hiking the Cosby area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This area of the park is very underutilized! I'm also testing gear for Salewa, a family-owned company with exceptional products and a high standard for quality. You have seen me in Salewa hiking boots since the company's US release a few years ago. But, Fall 2017 marks the first time the Italian-based company has released apparel in the US, despite having a long history in places like Europe. In my home base of Knoxville, @riversports already has the apparel in stock. Other specialty retailers across the US offer it, or will offer it as the company expands its markets.
My first impression of the new Salewa Hybrid 2 Men's Jacket and the MTN Trainer Mid GTX boot is they are both outstanding! This jacket has Primaloft insulation, is breathable, light, water resistant, warm, and very comfortable. I stood in deep and icy water, high on the Gortex boot, for about 2-minutes with my feet staying dry and comfortable. The aggressive tread and Vibram sole handled steep terrain, roots, rocks, and creek crossings very well. I am glad the company sent me these products to test. As always, I am very impressed with Salewa and this area of the Smokies! They never disappoint and I recommend both! #getvertical #salewa
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cosby Entrance