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Essential Tips for Picking the Perfect Helmet

by Jim O'Leary | Jan 17, 2020

Safety first, of course. But a good helmet gives you so much more than that. They’re warmer than a beanie, and can help your goggles work better too. In fact, there’s so many reasons to wear a helmet, it's a wonder anyone doesn’t want to wear one. Of course, the most ...

5 Best All-Mountain Skis for Men in 2020

by Jim O'Leary | Dec 31, 2019

“All Mountain” is a big term that applies to a lot of skis design for a lot of different styles of skiing. So, while it’s great that all mountain skis are without a doubt our best sellers, it does have the effect that “all mountain” means different things to different ...

5 Best All-Mountain Skis for Women in 2020

by Jim O'Leary | Dec 26, 2019

If you’re not sure what you want, you probably want an all mountain ski. Designed to meet the needs of most riders in most conditions, the modern all mountain ski gives you a level of versatility that would be unthinkable even just a few years ago. Which is great news, ...

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Ski Trip 101: The Basics of Planning a Trip

by Suzie Dundas | Dec 18, 2019

When it comes to planning a ski trip, there’s a lot to figure out, from location to gear to lodging to lessons. It can be a bit intimidating, especially for skiers new to the sports. There’s a lot to figure out, from transportation to rentals to après-ski action. This post ...

Tech Talk: The Burton Step On Binding System

by Jim O'Leary | Dec 2, 2019

Until recently, the design of snowboard bindings had been kind of stagnant. There have obviously been improvements in comfort and adjustablity, from seamless straps to sliding heelcups. But at the end of the day, you were still strapping in using the same buckles and straps that snowboarders have been using ...

2019 Winter Buying Guide: Everything You Need for Your Next Trip

by Jose Triana | Nov 22, 2019

With the winter season finally here, just about everyone is booking trips, checking snow forecasts, and imagining a day spent on the mountain. One important element to any trip, however, is your gear. Not only do you want to look your best, but also you want to be sure you ...

Tips for Understanding Waterproof Ratings

by Jim O'Leary | Sep 13, 2019

Not Waterproof Just because an item is built for the outdoors does not mean it's built to be waterproof. Primarily this is done for items that aren't meant to be worn as outerwear, like layering pieces or casual clothes. But sometimes outerwear isn't designed to be waterproof, either for enhanced ...

6 Best Rain Jacket for Outdoor Adventures

by Jim O'Leary | Aug 23, 2019

Picture the perfect day outdoors. It's sunny, clear, and comfortable, of course. But the weather doesn't always deliver that exact scenario. So we've gathered some of the best rain jackets of 2019 for you to shield yourself from the worst weather. Because even if you're the type who will cancel ...

Sun Protection, It's for Everyone!

by Suzie Dundas | Aug 7, 2019

Did you know that sun-protective clothing is very much a thing? And if you aren’t wearing it during your time outdoors, you may be putting your skin (and health) at risk.You may be wondering “what the heck is UPF clothing, and why do I need it? Isn’t my clothing good ...

Day Hike Essentials: A Packing Guide

by Jim O'Leary | Jun 20, 2019

 Hiking is, without a doubt, the most popular form of outdoor recreation. And for good reason! Hikes exist all over the world, and all over the country, so no matter where you are you can find a trail that suits your ability level and interest. The most basic hikes ...

Choosing the Right Trail Runners: Part 2

by Suzie Dundas | Jun 14, 2019

When we last left off, we discussed some of the finer points in choosing trail running shoes based on their characteristics and fit, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. If you're planning on hitting the trails often, you're also going to be worried about other features too. So, ...

Choosing the Right Trail Runners: Part 1

by Suzie Dundas | Jun 5, 2019

If you get a little out of breath by just hearing the words “trail runners,” don’t worry. Trail runners have plenty of uses beyond actual running. These stiff soled, grippy athletic shoes are popular with hikers, joggers, and sometimes even mountain bikers who aren’t ready to spring for clip-in shoes. ...