Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

The Week in Review I

Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world
― Miyamoto Musashi

Night sky

Spiderwebs in the morning

Why backcountry GPS units are overrated

Hiking the Appalachian Trail is Selfish

How To Reproof GORE-TEX & eVent Garments

BLC to the Bering Sea

BcFin Winter meeting #1

Backcountry.com 2012 Winter Gear Sale - Up to 60% Off Now [Affiliate Link]

The Smallest Tent on the Market

Neck Knives mockups

Bikepacking gear list

Makings of a Poncho Tarp

Montura Magic G Active Shell

Te Wa Custom Underquilt

Kigo Flit - Women's Minimalist Shoe

Finisterre Zephyr Boxer Shorts

OookWorks Duomid hybrid inner

TYOG - Tune Your Own Gear: Laufbursche MONOloge

ZPacks Hexadome Tent

Fell running Kit-list

Get a 10% discount at MLD if you go on a Andrew Skurka Trek.




Black Mountains

Cooper Spur Road




A Walk Along the Tracks

Three men and a dog in a North Pennine bothy

The First Hills of Spring

The Manifold Way

Mountaineering Training

Sunshine, climbing and the Northern Cuillin

Above The Clouds: Liberty and Flume

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Finisterre Zephyr Boxer Shorts

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Finisterre is a small company hailing from Cornwall in the UK, who are especially well known in surfing circles. While I sadly don't surf (another unfulfilled dream of my youth) Finisterre appeared two years ago on my radar, and I have written about their Bise MkII Vest previously. I've also been a long time user of their Zephyr Boxer Shorts and can't imagine a better boxer shorts for my outdoor and everyday needs.

The fabric is 100% Merino and it is Made in Portugal. The weight for my size S shorts vary from 76 over 82 to 84 gram. They have a nice wide elastic band which keeps them comfortably up and not let them slip down. Sometimes the elastic band turns (lays double) but that probably comes more from my inability to dress correctly.

Finisterre Zephyr Boxer Shorts

The Superman coloured one (thus blue fabric, red band - it's the one in the middle) is nearly two years old and has held up very well - there was a small hole in the crotch, fixed already, but nothing serious. They pile a tiny bit as you can see from the photos, but all in all a lot less than my boxers from other natural materials.

Finisterre Zephyr Boxer Shorts

Chafing is something I have never experienced in any boxers or pants, so I can't report on that front. They're tight but I don't find them too tight or restrictive. The flat seams on the inside aren't bothering me neither. When they get wet from perspiration, and as I do sweat a lot they do get wet, they're still comfortable. However, they dry quickly even if not standing around a fire with your pants down to warm your buttocks, given that you had a good warm meal and have dressed well.

Finisterre Zephyr Boxer Shorts

On the smellyness scale they do beat any boxer shorts I have used before. Where bamboo or synthetic boxer shorts would start to reek after a day or two of backpacking/ skiing/ climbing, these merino boxers have been worn for up to nine days without ill effects (proper personal hygiene was maintained at all times).

Finisterre Zephyr Boxer Shorts

Spring, summer, autumn, winter, they're always comfortable. In Finland, Russia, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Do I need to mention that they're coming in beautiful colour combinations?

You can buy one Zephyr Boxer Shorts for £24 or a set of two for £50 (Mathematics doesn't seem to be the strongest subject of someone at Finisterre) directly at Finisterre from their online shop. Their service is great and when I ordered mine they were within a week in Finland. And their return policy is ace as well. Though I doubt you want to return such good boxer shorts like these.


Edit: Just got a Finisterre Newsletter:

This year it's £10 off anything you like and will be available for 2 weeks. Use promotional code ATHANKYOU to get your discount (online orders only). That's one boxershort for £14!

How to Reproof GORE-TEX & eVent Garments

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Yesterday was the spring equinox, and with much of Europe and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere already enjoying unbelievably warm weather, it is slowly time to retire downjackets and softshells and get the windjackets and hardshells out. But shock-horror, you realize that they aren't as waterproof as they once were. Don't despair, here's the rescue.

Instead of heading to the next shop to buy a new jacket, save the money for a fine backpacking trip and buy some Nikwax for 1/30 of the price of a new jacket. If the garment is really dirty, wash it beforehand (Nikwax Tech Wash or just with water in the machine). Then throw the garments (pre-cleaned or as they were) in the washing machine, add the Nikwax TX Direct Wash In and let the machine do its thing (even if Nikwax recommends you should only use one bag of detergent per garment, you can put multiple garments in the machine). Then hang them up to dry. When ready, sit in front of the window & wait till it rains, get your freshly reproofed gear on and go play outside!

Benefits? Besides saving you a substantial amount of cash, you safe the environment by not throwing something away that is again perfectly fine after a wash. Don't worry, your waterproof-breathable remains breathable, and not only is Nikwax Fluorocarbon & solvent-free, nope, it is also biodegradable. To top things off, no tumble drying is required (handy for those who don't have a tumble drier!). It just renews the water repellency of your garments and revives breathability, and thus prolongs the life of your outdoor gear without that you need to spend a lot of money.

GORE-TEX garments should be washed with Nikwax or similar, while I usually wash my eVent garments without anything. I found the Nikwax Pack of 3 TX Direct Wash In a good product for reproofing hardshells and pants, though do see the charm of the Nikwax TX Direct Spray as it is easier to apply. Whatever you choose, this is a great way to make garments waterproof again for the coming backpacking season of spring, summer and autumn!

Disclaimer: Webtogs sent me a Nikwax Pack of 3 TX Direct Wash In.