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Gifts for Skiers

Gifts for Skiers Holiday gift ideas for the skiers on your Christmas list We’ve put together a few of our favorite gifts for skiers to help seed your holiday shopping with fresh ideas – all for under $100. Thermos $20-40 Ok, we’re supposed to call it a vacuum bottle, but we call it a thermos anyway. Bottomline, skiing without a… Read More

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Ultralight Synthetic Insulation – Patagonia Micro Puff

Ultralight Synthetic Insulation Down vs Synthetic A  puffy or insulated jacket is essential gear for backcountry skiing. Ask a skier if they prefer down or synthetic, and you’ll find less consensus. While synthetic insulation is more durable, stays warm when wet and is better suited to the repeated stuffing and re-stuffing that a puffy experiences in the life of a… Read More

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Osprey Soelden 32 Snow Pack – A Dedicated Backcountry Ski Pack

Osprey Soelden 32 Backcountry Ski Pack Skins. Shovel. Probe. Layers. Goggles. Food. Water. Check. Packing for a ski tour isn’t rocket science, but dialing in your ski pack for easy access to the gear you want when you want it takes practice and a pack with thoughtful organization. The Osprey Soelden 32 backcountry ski pack balances a quick-access main body… Read More

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Outdoor Research Face Mask

Outdoor Research Face Mask Review Welcome to the new norm – face mask required. There’s no need to debate or explain. The bottom line is that face mask wearing is going to be with us for the foreseeable future. Lots of great outdoor brands have jumped on face mask production, we thought we’d see what a nice commercially made face… Read More

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Adventure Ride Essentials – Gravel Tires

Adventure Bike Gravel Tires Reviewed So many choices, so little time. Choosing the best gravel tire is a bit like picking the right shoes for the day. It’s all about the terrain and surfaces that are on the agenda. And when adventure riding is on the table, maximum volume/width is key. Tread is important too. But volume is directly related to overall… Read More

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DPS Lotus 124

DPS Lotus 124 2.0

DPS Lotus 124 2.0 – Alchemist Edition For the most part, backcountry ski waist widths have settled into the 100-115mm zone the last couple of seasons. You can confidently grab a pair of skis with a waist in the low hundreds for just about any day of touring. Between rocker, sidecut and lightweight core materials, these skis are agile, light,… Read More

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DIY Ski Waxing for the Backcountry

Ski Waxing for the Backcountry Backcountry skiing is a far cry from ski racing, but freshly waxed skis are still important to keep you sliding and slashing through the pow. And the good news is that ski waxing for the backcountry is not rocket science. In fact, it’s down right simple. You just need a few basic tools and supplies… Read More

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Fellow Prismo AeroPress Filter

Fellow Prismo AeroPress Filter

Fellow Prismo AeroPress Filter Review Portable AeroPress Coffee Maker Made Better For the dedicated coffee drinkers among us, little compares to the ritual brewing of the morning cup. We all have our favorite time-tested methods for brewing coffee in the backcountry or while on the road, and one of the best portable coffee makers around is the AeroPress coffee maker. This… Read More

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Uphill Athlete Book Review

Training for the Uphill Athlete

Book Review:Training for the Uphill Athlete:A Manual for Mountain Runners and Ski MountaineersSteve House, Scott Johnston, Killian Jornet$35.00 from Patagonia Books Whether you are planning a week-long ski tour, a baccountry hut trip or looking to broaden your trail running horizons, your experience depends on your fitness. And whether you are looking to be competitive or simply enjoy the rewards… Read More

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Ski Waxing and Tuning Bench

Ski Waxing and Tuning Bench If you want to spend anytime doing your own ski maintenance, a solid ski waxing and tuning bench is important. Between keeping my skis ready to roll, setting up test gear and working on friends’ gear, my ski bench sees use multiple times per week. Ski widths exceeded the width of my traditional ski vices years ago, and… Read More

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