Montbell Permafrost Light Down Parka: Women’s Jacket Review

Woman standing in the forest with a smile wearing a red down jacket

Price: $279 MSRP – Check Price on Montbell Keri’s Rating:  4.8 of 5 stars Pros: Great weight to warmth ratio; practically waterproof; extremely comfortable Cons: No internal zippered pockets; a tad bulky for ultralight backpacking Weight: 13.8 oz Men’s Model: Permafrost Light Down Parka Lighter Option: Alpine Light Down Parka: 12 oz Budget Option: Highland Parka: $149 … Read more

Chengdu’s Wenshu Monastery Neighborhood: What to Do (and Eat)

Woman riding a cart full of vegetables down a crowded outdoor market in Chengdu, China

I’ve just returned from the Wenshu Monastery neighborhood, and I’m itching to go back. When I arrived two days ago, I did so with no expectations and zero research. I simply dropped my bags at the hostel and started walking. Bustling markets, fragrant Sichuan cuisine, fascinating people, ancient history, and a vibrant culture — I … Read more