Lauren Shaefer

7 Best Cooling Blankets to Beat the Heat All Summer Long


Waking up soaked in sweat is no one’s idea of a good night’s sleep, but it happens more often than you might expect. A Gallup poll from 2023found that 57 percent of adults in the U.S. always or occasionally feel too hot when trying to sleep. Obviously, it’s uncomfortable, but that’s far from the only problem — being too hot while trying to sleep has been shown to make it more difficult to drift off and mess with your circadian rhythm.

Vertx Cutback Technical Pant Review


The Vertx Cutback Technical Pant is a lightweight, fast-drying pant that’s packed with tactical-ready and EDC pockets. Better yet, it also uses 37.5 Technology, which helps regulate temperature and humidity, which also makes it an interesting hiking pant. To get us a closer look, Vertx and 37.5 Technology sent Man Makes Fire a review unit for in-person testing and review. I wore the Vertx Cutback Technical Pants on multiple hiking and fishing trips to test the fit, stretch and cooling properties in the outdoors.

AllOutdoor Review – Merino Base Layers from Vertx & 37.5 Technologies

Exploring the outdoors has taught me a lot of things; mostly about myself. I’ve learned that the mountains are way cooler than the beach, not to set up a tent in windy conditions, and that I hate being cold. As a general practice, layering is the best way to make sure you’re wearing the appropriate amount of insulation for the environment. This is especially true here in Colorado, where you can see snow, sunshine, hail, and more sunshine, all in the span of a few hours. In my experience, a strong outer layer means nothing if you don’t have a solid base layer as a foundation.